In My Own Time: Photographs by Amy Herman and Lauren Doran
Exhibition dates: October 22, 2012 – January 28, 2013
The Light Factory’s Middleton McMillan Gallery (345 N. College Street)
Opening reception: Thursday, Oct. 25 from 6 - 9pm
Amy Herman (b.1986, USA) earned her BFA in Studio Art from Michigan State University and her MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago. Herman’s work has been exhibited on a national level by galleries and museums and has been included in several national arts publications. www.amyherman.com
Through this series of self-portraits, I examine how the people and places one considers intimate can inform identity. I translate banal scenes experienced in my everyday life into dramatic tableaux that place an exaggerated importance on the repetition of our most familiar surroundings. I play a variety of roles in my photographs, most notably that of daughter to my mother and father. Through my photographs I seek to challenge conventional familial relationships and understand how my role within that structure is constantly in flux.
Lauren Doran is a native of Delaware now residing in Charlotte, NC. She has spent the past twelve years honing her skills in photography and finding her voice. Doran has a master’s degree in landscape architecture. She currently balances being a photographer, landscape designer and mother. Her photographic subjects draw from the realms close to her heart- familial emotions, spirituality and the natural world. www.laurendoran.com
Every marriage has its seasons; seasons of growth, seasons of adversity, seasons of loss, seasons of renewal. This series explores the ever-changing emotional and psychological landscape of a marriage. Green bedroom walls are the backdrop against which I illuminate the dreams, fears, frustrations and love that my husband and I share as we travel through time and in and out of the many seasons of our marriage together. I think of my photographs as visual poems uncovering some essential but unseen thought or spirit. As I work to unearth and illuminate this metaphysical reality, I collect ideas, settings and objects for future photographs. But it is through the act of creation that the finished idea emerges. Through this exploration I hope to reveal the beauty, tension and complexity inherent in sustaining intimacy in our constantly changing lives.