Current EXHIBITION AT THE GALLERY AT STILL RIVER EDITIONS

"To Be Real"

Photographs by Shona curtis

April 8 – june 2, 2017
Opening reception Saturday, April 8, 2 pm - 4 pm

"Kendra" © Shona Curtis

"Kendra" © Shona Curtis

 

"To Be Real" is a solo exhibition of black and white portraits by photographer Shona Curtis of New Preston, Connecticut. Curtis is also a psychotherapist, and her work in that field informs her photography.

In addition to the portraits she makes of others are prints from a project called "SeeingSelf" in which she photographed herself for a year and a day during a period of dramatic personal change. Curtis also turned the images into a morphed video that will be viewable in the gallery that shows the subtle changes in expression and mood from day to day. 

This exhibit includes work first shown at the Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford, Connecticut earlier in 2017.


Artist's Statement

"'In order for connection to happen, we have to allow ourselves to be seen.' - Brené Brown

I approach photography in the same way I approach life – with an insatiable curiosity towards the complexity of the human condition. I enjoy exploring the dynamic interplay between seemingly incongruent concepts – strength and vulnerability, intimacy and isolation, illusion and reality. I am also drawn to the feelings associated with longing, dreams, impermanence, death and rebirth.

Because of my interest in authenticity, connection and intimacy in relationship to self and others, I am drawn to portraiture. In my portrait work, I explore many of these concepts in an intimate and vulnerable way as a participant-observer.  My intent has been to investigate both our complexity and the seeming contradiction of strength and vulnerability within each of us. 

I believe that portraiture is not simply about the subject or the photographer, but the alchemy between the two. To Be Real, an exhibit of film and digital photography, exposes what lies behind our masks when we feel safe enough to reveal ourselves. This collection illuminates what I see as the fragility and exquisite beauty of being human, in other words, our shared humanity." - Shona Curtis, January 2017

About the Artist

Shona Curtis is a photographer and psychotherapist who lives in New Preston, CT. Her work has been featured in group, juried, and solo exhibitions in the Northeast. 


ABOUT THE GALLERY AT STILL RIVER EDITIONS

The Gallery at Still River Editions has hosted national and regional photographers and artists since 1989. In spring 2011, after a brief hiatus from exhibiting new work, the gallery returned to hosting shows on a quarterly basis. The Gallery's mission is to show traditional and digital prints of photographs and fine artwork, and to be a center of creativity and connection in the Danbury area. 

The Gallery at Still River Editions is open during normal business hours 8:30 am - 5 pm Monday through Friday, and during posted hours for special events. The Gallery does not accept unsolicited submissions at this time.

 
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