This is part two of Josiane Keller’s project. Do visit part I and also Keller’s Commentary about her work. Links are below.
Each reflection of myself echoes a different emotion at me – 20 Heroes from the City of Roses by Josiane Keller, arrived in CFile’s submission box and caused much excitement at CFile. It is a project that resulted in twenty ceramic portraits translated into 2-D photographic images. The subjects were fifteen street youths who are clients at p:ear, a support facility, three of its staff and two volunteers. It is one of the most exceptional submissions we have received and an entirely different way of looking at ceramics as art.
Above image: Josiane Keller, Kathryn (age 23), photograph of ceramic figure
“My mother passed away, my father was abusive. My friends got sick of me, I moved to Portland nowhere to live. I found OUTSIDE IN and got the mental and emotional support I need.
“I stick to the same routine every day; Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays I stay at OUTSIDE IN for breakfast and walk to the library at one. I go back to lunch and stay til 6, doing activities with staff. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays I go to the library and hang out til meal times or therapy.
“Saturdays are the hardest days for me because OUTSIDE IN is closed and it’s hard to find anything to keep myself productive.
“I am schizo-affective. I think about that so much, it’s not fun. I say. Do, hear things that I don’t realize I’m doing. I was abused growing up, not so much physical, but mentally and emotionally and verbally.
Kathryn’s answer to the question of where her figure should be set.
“The area I am in is very white, glowing WHITE, mirrors are everywhere reflecting all my movements, facial expressions, body gestures, EVERYWHERE I go I can’t escape from me. Above are long fluorescent lights much like the ones seen in hospitals, they are fastened to the ceiling.
“Each reflection of myself echoes a different emotion at me, screaming, one is crying, one is curled up and catatonic, one is laughing at me chaotically, another is very happy.”
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