Ode to Joy

Dr. Cindy A. Milton's avatar Dr. Cindy A. Milton Vote Code: 67234

Ode to Joy is a short series of photographs portraying my mother’s strong, but silent desire to become someone else. The photos are sequential and represent how the manifestation of her dislike of herself tore her apart. As the photos progress, the degree of separation of the mirrored images of my mother increases, while the intensity of the color decreases. The first photo, red and indicative of the passion and self-loathing she exhibited throughout most of her life, shows her images tightly connected. The second photo, mellow and slightly more colorful, displays images that are almost completely separated, suggesting her rapid descent from reality. The third photo, a black and white with the images fully separated, is a metaphorical declaration of the fruition of her aspiration.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1"
  • Medium: Photography
  • Width: 14"
  • Year created: 2018
  • Height: 11"