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DescriptionABOUT THIS CREATION: This image is based on a dream i had. In the dream i was at the bottom of an illuminated escalator going up into nothingness. To my right, i saw several different versions of me in frozen poses, looking still and stoic, like display mannequins. To the left of me was another escalator going down, where i saw several people with hollow faces staring at me.
WHAT DOES THIS DREAM MEAN? I think the escalator going down could represent the dark things in my subconscious that i am repressing and don’t want to face.
The mannequinish versions of me could represent feeling stuck, frozen in my life, unable to move forward. They could also represent an inability to express myself in the ways i need to, to be healthy.
The faceless people could represent my lack of identity, or being disconnected from the darker more painful aspects of my self. I’m not too certain about that…
It was a beautiful dream visually and a kind of sad and creepy dream, emotively. It definitely stayed with me, long after i woke up.
About Me: I am a self-taught taught artist that discovered my passion of photography, back in 1995, while writing my first book, Haunting Hands. A book initially intended to be a collection of poems i had written about surviving a difficult childhood. I decided it would feel more personal if i created the cover for the book myself. Shortly thereafter, i purchased a camera and turned my living room into a makeshift studio. I did a series of self-portraits and then another and another. The process of creating and putting myself in front of the camera felt cathartic, liberating and healing. The photographic medium opened up a new world to me and ignited a kind of passion within that i didn’t even know i was capable of experiencing. My book transformed into a, survivor-orientated, photographic essay and that started me down the path to becoming a photographic artist.
ANSWER TO THE MOST FAQ EVER: Are your self-portraits, self-portraits? YES! I don't consider a self-portrait to be TRULY a self-portrait unless i take the picture of myself, by myself. It's not easy to chase oneself around with the camera, LOL. But that's what i do. I use a digital camera, utilizing the self-timer mode. Sometimes i get the shot i want on the first shot or first few frames and other times it takes me 100s of pictures to get the shot i want.
WHY do you create? . . . because imagery, poetry and words can offer us a feeling, an experience and the magical gift of transport. I want my imagery to give people a way to express themselves, to offer them a moment of magic and wonder, I want to ignite the imagination, emotions and give people a sense of connection. Learn more about my creative process via the Q & A page of my website: http://www.redbubble.com/people/jaedadewalt/journal/694520-q-and-a-with-jaeda.
BRIEF BIO: I have produced cover art for books, playbills, collective fine art books and have had my work exhibited in New York, including the Hofstra Museum. In 2009 i published, Shades of the Soul an artography book featuring my art and poetry. You can preview my book, here: http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/625673