CLARA LARATTA 

Artist Statement

The use of self-portraits in my work is ironic. Anyone that knows me, is aware of my aversion to being photographed. As a female, however, the control and ability to represent myself as the subject rather than an object is appealing to me. In my work, I explore identity through a lens of how we affect and are affected by others with a focus on how this influences the way we see and interact with the world.

For one year, each morning when I woke up, I created a water drawing on my bathroom mirror.  Before going to bed, I showered and took a photograph of my reflection in the mirror. The image contained the remains of the morning drawing, made evident through the steam from the shower, water, and my reflection in the mirror.  The steam from the shower represents an unveiling of the past.  The water is utilized to represent the past and the present in its requirement for life. The mirror represents a reflection of the past and present, and a glimpse of awareness that represents our potential contribution to the future.

Ties between portraiture, photography and selfies is another area of interest and consideration in the creation of the images.  The images were created as a part of my research into the examination of our interactions with others and nature and as documentation of affect. They are based on an intimate look at self while holding a space to look at others in a broader context.