Losing Reality; Reality of Loss



"How does one experience loss? What does loss look like? Catastrophic losses usually have a face; think war photos, photos from the World Trade Center, crashes of various sorts but I am interested in personal loss. I have always been interested in alternate states of reality, but looking over my last few series, those initiated and completed since moving to the Midwest from California, I see that I am also dealing with "loss" in some form; loss of friends, home, youth, and the ultimate loss, loss of life. Death transforms us; reality shifts, but to what?" 

Above is the artist statement that accompanies Ellen Jantzen's (St. Louis Missouri, USA 1992) series Losing Reality; Reality of Loss. As digital technology improved and the newer cameras produced excellent resolution, Jantzen found her perfect medium. It was a true confluence of technical advancements and creative desire that culminated in her current explorations in photo-inspired art using both a camera to capture staged assemblages and a computer to alter and manipulate the pieces. Considering herself an image-maker rather than a photographer, Jantzen has been creating works that bridge the gap between prints, photography and collage. In Color of Memory she reflects on the many aspects of memory.

For more work visit Ellen Jantzen's website