Sandra D'Angelo, Pandora's Box

12 Jan 2012 – 29 Jan 2012

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The VZ Gallery

London, United Kingdom


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  • Liverpool Steet, Shoreditch High Street, Aldgate East

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In the latest series D'Angelo poses her models most often against a bare wall and then digitally adds backgrounds. Children that look like fantasy creatures and dolls become, in Pandora's Box, monumental portraits and mystical subject types caught in the moment of their introspective emotion. In an age obsessed with capturing images of ourselves and those around us, D'Angelo's portraits offer the viewer a refreshing burst of visual opulence, less concerned with the idealised beauty of the sitter than in presenting an image charged with a symphonic round capable of bombarding the senses. Positioned specifically within western, middle-class culture and featuring child sitters dressed sometimes in fairytale costume, D'Angelo's brightly coloured images project their subjects as storytellers leading the viewer to another world. Digitally enhanced and collaged together with photographs taken on her travels, these portraits are manipulated by the artist in fashioning dream-like backdrops with a narrative element.

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