Artist Blog

Every week an artist whose single image was published by Der Greif is given a platform in which to blog about contemporary photography.

Jillian Freyer – 42 Wayne

Nov 16, 2018 - Jillian Freyer

42 Wayne is one of my most recent bodies of work — consisting of still and moving images, I work to explore the notion of experience through touch and emotional endurance between multi generational females. Staged performances along with witnessed events serve as a way to seek new intimacies between me and my subjects. Texture and surface become an important role in their ability to relay subtle information about the conditions of the women, whether that be a physical or psychological state. The representation of weight and texture narrates a kind of tactility that comes with a certain proximity and intimacy, a coming together of bodies. In collaboration with the camera take the role as both a gaze and a participant of the chemistry between the individuals in the photographs and work to pull out or reveal new experiences of intimacy in relation to one another. The women in the photographs are my sisters and my mother—stemming from the need to communicate what could not be said or discussed. Rather, I used the camera as a tool to illuminate the way we exist in relation to one another as well as others. Inherited beliefs of misogyny, power dynamics and expectations concerning gender serve as a an entry point for these collaborations.