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

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Patricia Bambace

SPE Member since 2016
Member Chapter: Southeast


The focus and inspiration of Patricia Lois Nuss" photographs is the role and affect various female idols have on the western society she lives and cooperates in. Female idols represented in religion, mythology and modern American pop media have become a primary interest to Nuss due to an alienated relationship with the mother figure in her own life as well as an over saturation of these idols in the media surrounding her. Models, and other women with the accepted systematic body type and facial features seem to have taken on a religious status in society.

The women in this current series Mournings are professional or aspiring models, woken at sunrise in their own nightwear. Vague memories of Nuss" own mother in her nightgown was a pinnacle revelation to Nuss while creating this work. Mournings is a series of complicated motives as Nuss feels the supported model-like female idol praised in our culture can be damaging to the psyche of the everyday woman. Yet accepting that she does not live outside the media influence, Nuss repetitively and obsessively, attempts to create a woman who fits this typecast but who allows an intimacy to be achieved with her.

Venus Silhoutte

Venus near shore

Venus Clenched

Venus in Waves

Venus with Birds

Venus Breaking

Venus in White

Venus in Snow

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