OUR KING WOMAN; LOLA FLASH
'I am a committed artist using photography to challenge stereotypes and offer a new vision. I bring many years of experience as a teacher and photographer. I am a woman with a variety of diverse skills derived from engaging in high and low art, facilitating children, adolescents and adults from diverse cultural backgrounds, from traveling and enjoying life as such. My eternal passion is for the medium of photography and its ability to visually allure while initiating change and progress.
All of my projects are grounded in a global benevolence. A key consideration in my work is to seek the differences and similarities of people and places around the world. I am particularly focused on the ways societies and unjust laws critically challenge our lives. My portraiture series examine and challenge societal norms around gender, aging, and race.
I work in the tradition of twentieth-century portraiture, using a 4x5 large format camera, because I believe that this process conveys the importance of the sitting to the subject, and yields a truer image. My work in this exhibition is excerpted from my ongoing photographic series, SALT. SALT captures the beauty of iconic older women in their homes; subjects include Toni Parks, photographer and daughter of Gordon Parks, Koho, a master sumi-e painter, and renowned singer Ruth Pointer. This series aims to combat the invisibility that some mature women experience, and to highlight the deep-rooted cultural and societal biases that remove older women from the public sphere.
I welcome sharing my ideas with those who are willing to not only look but also see'.