Conversations with Myself is a series based on staged self-portraits in which I dress in period garments, many of which have personal significance, to explore identity in its multi-layered complexity.  The title came from the visual dialogue between the camera and me, initially alone in the studio. The conversations were emotional, personal , psychological and encrypted; I was distant and a mystery to myself.  I realized those mysteries had a more universal reach, less about a specific time and place and more about the female in society, past and present, over time:  their roles, dictated, expected and assumed, and the social constructs and structure controlling them and adopted by them, as societal truths.  The work is based in and around the home domain and ”her”  choices of personal adornments, where “she” had control.  With the work no longer firmly planted in the past, and the power to speak through art, I continue to explore these societal topics, displaying the truth that vulnerability and contemplation are vital and healthy personal traits, and should allow girls and woman to embrace self-acceptance and self-recognition, and to strongly believe what is possible. –Jo Ann Chaus

 

BIO:

Jo Ann Chaus (b. 1954) is an American photographer from and based in the New York metro area  She holds two certificates from the International Center of Photography in New York City.  In 2016 Jo Ann self-published “Sweetie & Hansom”, a 60-image book with original text exploring family, relationships and loss.  Her current body of work, “Conversations with Myself”, is a collection of performative self-portraiture that explores women’s roles and identity, currently under edit for publishing.  Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and she holds special recognitions and awards: Dear Dave feature issue #30, Juror’s choice Soho Photo Gallery National Competition July 2022, Juror’s Choice Center for Photographic Art Member’s Juried Exhibition April 2022,  Featured Artist at Cortona on the Move Festival, Cortona Italy, July-October Critical Mass Top 50, 2022 and Top 200 2021, 2020, 2019, 16th and 15th Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers Winner Self Portrait Series, Winner 13th Pollux Awards non-professional category, Critical Mass 2019 Top 200, Klompching Fresh 2019 FinalistPDN Emerging Photographer Fall 2019 Winner, , Candela Unbound8! and 9! juried exhibitions, Permanent Collection in the Center for Creative Photography Qualities of Light Exhibition, Juror’s Choice South East Center for Photography Portrait Exhibition 2019.

 

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Featured Image: White Coat ©Jo Ann Chaus