I/Eye: On Photography

Nine Fake Cakes & Nine Bodies of Water: Jacinda Russell

Posted in Other Artists by Sheila Newbery on September 21, 2012
'Galt House Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky: 9 May 2010' from "Nine Fake Cakes and Nine Bodies of Water" by Jacinda Russell

‘Galt House Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky: 9 May 2010’ from “Nine Fake Cakes and Nine Bodies of Water” by Jacinda Russell

Still life contains solutions to problems of equilibrium: the solutions are formal or aesthetic of course, but often they absorb the weight of what is irresolvable outside the realm of aesthetic manipulation. Some recent, interesting work in this vein is Jacinda Russell’s Nine Fake Cakes & Nine Bodies of Water. Russell’s photographs are not mere studies in whimsy; part performance art, they thrive on the vigor of imagining the implausible — full in the knowledge that dreams and disappointments are the heart’s close residents. They are beautiful, absurd and serene — the cool flamboyance of their floating-balancing act belies the strength of will they embody: that intention be transmuted into inspiration.

Nine Fake Cakes is available at Blurb Books. More of Jacinda’s work at www.jacindarussell.com.

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