Master of Fine Arts
Independent Film and Digital Imaging
Beth Parin, M.F.A.
Daniel Nearing, M.F.A.
Jerry Slowik, M.F.A.
Views of the world come from watching, looking, and feeling emotional relationships between people, things, and places. This fabricated series establishes the willingness to believe the images are actual photographic records by combining subjects viewing a variety of images. Metaphorical narratives show a vision of the incongruent world. The engagement begins with a shadow or back of someone or thing looking into the frame. Color, texture, and form within produce a voyeuristic psychological and emotional response. The paradox is what pushes the edges of expectation. Synchronicity of the elements within the images thrust us into a surreal moment. Belief in the supernatural is rooted in the memories and observations. Fear and absurdities of human behavior are recognized and personalized to create ambiguous and independent interpretations.
These dream collaborators have deep symbolic elements that are abstracts of delusions depicting current day culture, societal habits, and rituals. The dichotomy of the foreground subject and the background image allows one to wonder where the narrative begins, where the audience belongs, and what the perception of the voyeur is. Unsettling projections and perceptions show and create a relationship and a reflection of a personal vision while commenting on voyeurism and privacy.
Hanacek, Judith K., "Conscious Delusions" (2015). All Student Theses. 57.