I like to find art and write poems and read magazines and listen to my iPod and daydream and walk my neighbor's dog - that one's my favorite

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Magic Realism with Samantha Everton

Samantha Everton has a certain way of making the world both vividly dreamlike and darkly inquisitive at the same time. Her pictures often look like visual riddles, some less obvious than others, but it's never fair to simply try and "figure out" these photographs. There often seems to be something being held back, as if another clue to her metaphore were lying just outside the frame of the photograph. Her psychadelic colors are complemented by shadowy interiors and those who occupy them who seem rather detached. Humans, in Everton's world, are apart of the pallette, are blended into the composition - the same attention is given to a person as is given to clothes, walls, lamps, etc. People become the surroundings in these photos - perhaps Everton's way of calling attention to people as a landscape, that living amongst the 6.7 billion other people in the world makes people a sort of environment that we all exist within and are apart of.

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