**I apologize for the shaky cam, had to handhold the 5d to shoot**
This video is from the opening of Taken by the Fog on 3/3/2011. There will be a closing reception as well at Jennifer Schwartz Gallery's new location in the Westside Arts District. Date and time TBA.
“Taken by the Fog”
Photographs by Lisette de Boisblanc
“Taken by the Fog” is a collection of photographs inspired by de Boisblanc’s grandmother's ruined doll collection after Hurricane Katrina. Lisette began to x-ray the dolls as a way to document their ruined structure, but the process created a curiosity for what was hidden inside the dolls. To her shock, she discovered nails, pins and paper clips that were just beneath the surface. The dolls had taken on an internal spirit, some of strength and others of broken hearts. The x-rays became more than physical documentation – for each, a story emerged making some sense out of the loss experienced after the hurricane. Ever the scientist, de Boisblanc is concerned with how life shapes our being, especially our inner essence. X-rays allow the artist to physically discover what lies beneath, uncovering secrets, and using the language of science to visualize the human persona.
Lisette de Boisblanc was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, a city known for its vibrant lifestyle and support of the Arts. De Boisblanc had a love for photography early in life, and always the scientific thinker, began an independent exploration of x-ray photographic techniques under the direction of Dr. Bert Myers. She left her tight knit community to attend the University of Georgia where she planned to pursue an undergraduate degree in animal science followed by future in veterinary medicine. Two weeks into her freshman year, Hurricane Katrina devastated her beloved New Orleans. The effects of the storm caused de Boisblanc to reconsider her path, and she turned more to fine arts, which allowed her to channel her emotions in a creative manner. She graduated with a BFA in Photography in May of 2010 from the University of Georgia, and returned to New Orleans where she lives and works as an artist.
When facing personal difficulty, even tragedy, it is not uncommon for a person to seek help from a therapist to peel back the layers of events to understand and overcome psychological barriers. Like a therapist, I am interested in how life experiences shape our being, our inner essence. My background as a scientist led me to the practice of making X-rays, which allows me to uncover secret truths beneath the surface.
As a New Orleans native, I felt the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina personally; my family was profoundly affected by the storm. We suffered not only the loss of physical possessions but endured psychological damage as well. Four years after the storm I found my grandmother’s ruined doll collection.
The dolls had been submerged in water for two weeks. I began to X-ray them both as objects to document and preserve. I was curious to see how the damage looked on the inside. I was surprised by what I found within— nails, pins, hooks, springs holding them together, lost objects, safety pins, and pieces of jewelry.
The dolls have an aura that is almost human, with internal workings that chronicle a life lived, a spirit. Sometimes they have strength; others, broken hearts. Making the photographs helped me move beyond my grief. The X-rays aren’t documents of decay and loss but stories about what can be recovered and saved, what can be found, seen, and kept. It is my hope that viewing these images created from X-rays will provoke the viewer to explore the depth of their relationships and experiences within themselves and the world around them.