This series of thirteen photographs was developed during a period in my life when I was experiencing significant anxiety and unrest. Working through these feelings via photography was a way for me to express what I could not say as eloquently in words.
Expressing one’s concerns about political, social or personal issues through art is a well-trod path. I took as inspiration Goya, and his masterful painting The Second of May 1808, as well as Kathe Kollwitz, the German Expressionist, whose tender and evocative prints depict the poor and disenfranchised. I also considered Francesca Woodman, a photographer who explored her own fragility and shifting sense of self through self portraiture.
I have titled this series After Goya but in fact it really is an homage to all artists that use their “visual voices” to express their deepest emotions.