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Issue No. 17 - Enigma

SELF-PORTRAITS BY JEN DAVIS

Image Above: © Jan davis, Untitled No. 39, Courtesy of Lee Marks Fine Art, IN and ClampArt, NY

 

 

 

 

In this body of work, I deal with the insecurities associated with my body image and the direct correlation between self-perception and the way one is perceived by others. Photography is the medium that I use to tell my story through life, an outlet for revealing my struggles and thoughts in regards to the society in which we live. A society that dictates beauty based on ones appearance.

Screen Shot 2015-07-27 at 1.24.07 PM© Jan Davis, Seconds, Courtesy of Lee Marks Fine Art, IN and Clamp Art, NY.

 

 

I have built a relationship between the camera and myself where I transform the act of taking a photograph into a performance for the camera. My work is partially based on personal experiences that I have re-constructed into a photograph, and the other part consists of made up fantasies of what I imagine a physical relationship to be regarding intimacy, love and desire.

Screen Shot 2015-07-27 at 1.28.14 PM© Jan davis, Untitled No. 16, Courtesy of Lee Marks Fine Art, IN and ClampArt, NY

 

 

Through the act of photographing I invite the viewer into the past eleven years of my private life, exploring the vulnerabilities that I carry associated with a life-long struggle with my body, feelings of isolation, the battle to recognize beauty, a quest for intimacy, and sense of acceptance through the camera's eye.

Screen Shot 2015-07-27 at 1.27.52 PM© Jan davis, Untitled No. 11, Courtesy of Lee Marks Fine Art, IN and ClampArt, NY

 

 

 

 

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