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2021 SPE Annual Conference: Imagining Legacy: Archives, Collections, and Memoria

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Bess Bieluczyk

Invited Imagemaker

Saturday, November 10 - 11:00AM to 12:00PM
Visual Arts Building (Building 17)

In my photographs, I focus on my own life and anxieties about domesticity and "settling down" with a partner. I worried about feeling trapped, losing my independence and not having my own space. In the series Subtle Hysteria I dealt with these negative aspects of domesticity by constructing scenes based on my own imaginings of the life of an unhappy housewife. I investigated her psychological terrain through domestic still lifes that contained a taste of hostility. Her quiet desperation and frustrations manifest themselves in strange displays within the confines her home, demonstrating one woman's solitary rebellion against the restrictions of her domestic life.

In my most recent work, Assembling Intimacy, I revisited and examined my own anxieties about making a home with a partner. What has come as a surprise to me is that, despite the compromises that come with sharing a dwelling, I've found unexpected pleasures in nesting and making a home. The scenes I create are an embellished document of our everyday lives, filled with absurdity, tension and joy. Many of these arrangements remain in our home for a long time after the photograph as a part of our new reality and a means of coping with and appreciating what has been built.

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