Anna Forseth: Secret Selfie Series
WHEN: Now until Fri, Mar 3, 2017
Opening Reception: Weds, Mar 1, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. in the Main Mall, ACAD
WHERE: Marion Nicoll Gallery, LRT Walkway
My aim with this series of work was to comment on authenticity and to bring back a desire to see unedited freedom in identity. In today’s culture, there is a great sense of dependence on cell phones. Easy access to social media has produced a new form of day-to-day life documentation through “selfies.” Although a photograph has a direct relationship between the subject and the image, selfies are idealistic representations of reality. That being said, they have become a crucial component of understanding contemporary identity.
The Secret Selfie Project is a light-hearted way of addressing this change in culture. By creating massive portraits of images that no one but myself, the artist, was intended to see, a sense of camaraderie is created between the viewer and the subject. Privacy is broken as the viewer looks upon images that have not been altered to represent a
preferred version of one’s self. All of the photos were used with permission.
About the artist
Anna Forseth is a second year drawing major at the Alberta College of Art and Design. Her practice is developing into a diverse exploration of mediums, including painting, drawing, and sculpture. To stay up to date on Anna’s artistic journey, join her Instagram page @annaforseth27.