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Artist Statement

Adriana Cisneros

Multiple Personalities

The images I’ve worked on for this series consist of me transforming into an assortment of characters. I’ve donned on diverse outfits and accessories, as well as applied make-up, to change myself into the characters I have chosen to portray. Some of the characters involve intense transformation, while others are subtle changes. I have attempted to capture the presence each individual would have through still images.

This series is product of my love of make believe and photography. I wanted to be different people and to act how they may have acted to capture that presence they would have carried. It comes from a part of me which may have never grown-up and carries the things I’ve loved throughout my life. From innocent characters such as clowns and mimes, to darker and more horror-based characters like a zombie or Frankenstein’s monster. In a way I am all these characters and all these characters live in me. They are a part of me and a part of who I am, otherwise I could not portray them so clearly.

Many of the characters were thought up through the standard, even stereotypical, images with which they are portrayed. For example, for the Flapper girl, I chose to wear beads and a feathered headband, as most flappers wore, and the make-up is of the extreme kind they would have worn in that time. Another example would be the Old Lady character, with which I have chosen to portray with thick prescribed glasses, various deep-set wrinkles, and a headscarf to keep her hair in place.

I used the Holga camera to add a certain allure to the photographs. I wanted it to feel vintage, classic, and very raw, and to move away from the contemporary photography visuals of the crisp, clear, and flawless digital images we see now.

Currently, I am studying at the University of Texas at Brownsville, and look forward to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art General by the end of this year.

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