Our Galeria Melissa New York is reopening with a female spirit.
The artist and director Sam Cannon is one of the two creatives behind the installation curated by Kelsey and Remy Bennett.
NYC based, the artist focuses on the manipulation of time, space, and the female form.
"Sam subverts and mutates the human form, expanding perceptions of form itself and perceptions of beauty to a beautiful effect", told us the Bennet sisters.
Inspired by the internet, she works between photography and video, creating images that explore the way we interact with never-ending moments.
To be a part of our universe, she connects her artworks to Flygrl, our A/W '17 collection, and brings her personal perspective.
To understand more about what you gonna find at our flagship, we had a chat with her.
"I love the idea of taking parts that were often sexualized and create an image that might make people uncomfortable."
Is your aesthetic also a political choice? What do you wanna show by manipulating the human anatomy in your work?
Most of my personal work is inspired by the internet, social streams, and how we consume images of women’s bodies. I wouldn’t say that the work is always a negative critique, more so a response to what I am used to seeing when I am online. I am interested in how we crop bodies, take them out of context, manipulate them, like them, share them, remix them. Working as a retoucher I spent a lot of time thinking about how these amazing editing tools were utilized to do something as dull as make breasts a bit larger or smooth out skin. So, I began to edit bodies in ways that I found interesting to create something new. I wasn’t actively trying to make something that was sexy or grotesque, but I love the idea of taking parts that were often sexualized and create an image that might make people uncomfortable.
Has any other artist in particular inspired your work?
So many. Most recently I have been taking part in a residency at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City where I am surrounded by a lot of really amazing artists. Being a part of a community like that has been a really awesome experience. I'm starting to think more about what my work could look like when it’s removed from the context of a personal device. That’s one of the reasons why the piece for Melissa is so exciting to me – getting to create something that will live in the immersive space Muti Randolph designed is such an incredible opportunity. I can’t wait for everyone to see the final piece.
How does your creative process work?
Generally it starts with the final image. Sometimes I know how I am going to achieve it, but most of the time I go from knowing what I want to create – to then having to figure out how I’m going to create it. Because of this I get to spend a lot of my time experimenting, which I love. Also because I shoot and edit all of my work, it’s interesting to come up with solutions to problems that take place in camera vs. taking place in post production. I love getting to learn something new at every turn and I’m always happiest when there’s a problem to solve.
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