Laura D’Alessandro: Faded/Fated Fairytales
December 6, 2011 – January 7, 2012
Opening: Saturday, Dec 10, 5-8pm
Artists Talk: Wednesday, Dec 7, 6pm
Du Mois Gallery
New Orleans, LA 70115
Hours: Thurs-Sat 12-6 & by appt
Faded/Fated Fairytales is Laura D’Alessandro’s further exploration of the fairytale motif as embodied in her own self-reflective and intimately photographed dioramas.
She will present an artists talk at the gallery on Wednesday, Dec. 7, starting at 6:00pm.
“Vision is, to me, a complicated phenomenon composed of multiple layers, altered under varied states. I incorporate layering in my images to evoke the layers of my internal and external experiences. The artist’s life, recorded through my journals and portraits, is essential to my work and includes much of what I incorporate to create my photographic constructions. I use these fragments, elements of collage, and found objects to create a miniature stage set, a movie still from a fictitious moment in time. By controlling lighting and perspective when I ultimately re-photograph my constructions, I can create a mood and direct the viewer’s gaze.
I have been exploring women’s issues with a partly lyrical, partly satirical approach. I have investigated the many influences, both positive and negative, which act to shape women’s beliefs, choices and appearance. My photographic constructions also reflect elements from my life and journals that are personal, and yet I hope that the viewer can also bring in some of his or her own experience.”