About the Book
Through self-portraiture, this series invites the viewer into a world of imagination and fairy tales. The images depict a fantasy land in which the figure is caught in a moment of isolated contemplation. It is a mirror to personal inner experience, a visual recreation of my unconscious, like a half forgotten dream that articulates emotion rather than action.
Inside my dreams, I am someone else. I create characters, like alter egos, presented as recognizable archetypes. The figure inside the image often looks away from the viewer, the face hidden by a turn of the body or by a mask. I hope the viewer will imagine themselves inside the image, and interpret the narrative as one might interpret a fairy tale, searching for hidden meaning inside the story.
This series speaks to living in the 21st Century, a time when we are constantly bombarded with noise, information, and moving images. Still imagery, by contrast, allows us to shut out the noise and hear ourselves. I use photography to both escape and convey the overwhelming nature of our modern reality.
The pastoral setting of this work recalls a simpler time, while reminding us of humanity’s attempt to conquer the enormity of nature. I draw on themes in classic fairy tales - beauty, chastity and passivity – not as a comment on post-feminism, but as an expression of a more universal experience. My aim with the use of folklore is to suggest the continuity of the human condition: outside, the physical world changes with dizzying speed; inside, our cerebral world remains timeless.
These are images from the world of my imagination and dreams. I hope the viewer will spend time with each photograph to experience how their reaction changes and deepens, morphing from my imagination to theirs.
Claire Rosen is an award winning artist whose transportive imagery uses universal themes of dreams, fairy tales and mythology to visually symbolize the many facets of the human condition. Her elaborate constructions are reminiscent of classical paintings, and evoke the aesthetics and ideals of Pre-Raphaelite, Romantic and Gothic periods. The dark and whimsical images often explore concepts of nostalgia, memory, femininity and depictions of the self, frequently referencing the Victorian Era with its fascination of the natural world and ideals of beauty.