ARTIST STATEMENT


Darlene "Darr" Almeda

Darlene Almeda (°1958, United States) is an artist who mainly works with photography. 


By applying a poetic and often metaphorical language, Almeda wants to amplify the astonishment of the spectator by creating compositions or settings that generate tranquil poetic images that leave traces and balances on the edge of recognition and alienation.

Her photos appear as dreamlike images in which fiction and reality meet, well-known tropes merge, meanings shift, past and present fuse. Time and memory always play a key role. With a conceptual approach, she creates work in which a fascination with the clarity of content and an uncompromising attitude towards conceptual and minimal art can be found. 

Her works directly respond to the surrounding environment and uses everyday experiences from the artist as a starting point. Often these are framed instances that would go unnoticed in their original context. With a subtle minimalistic approach, she tries to approach a wide scale of subjects in a multi-layered way, likes to involve the viewer in a way that is sometimes physical and believes in the idea of function following form in a work.

Her practice provides a useful set of allegorical tools for manoeuvring with a pseudo-minimalist approach in the world of photography: these meticulously planned works resound and resonate with images culled from the fantastical realm of imagination. 

 


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Simply put, I am a photographer that works with digital and film in multiple formats. My objective is beauty and truth, and whatever that means is subjective. I love light; seeing it and feeling it. I appreciate abstract and impressionistic art in color, but good black and white photography has always been eye candy for me too. I started out as an illustrator that used a camera to capture animated objects to draw. The rest is history. I love it all.