In Your Face – The Mannequins Look Back
Mannequin heads have fascinated me for years. I frequently find them looking back at me when I look at the world through my camera. Some are attached to bodies and some not. Some of them are sad and battered with chips and stains and bad hair or no hair; some are smooth and perfect if a little blank and submissive. They are inanimate, and yet I feel a connection with them and want to tell their stories.
The faces in this collection look at the camera as though they were human, with consciousness and attitude, meeting the world in their individual ways. They are active participants, projecting their personalities, rather than passive objects. In their photographs, they are alive.
Ruth Nelson is a Watertown artist, meditation coach, and weight-lifter who came to Massachusetts to study mathematics at MIT. Her career was in computer network security research, with a particular emphasis on understanding the usefulness and limitations of models. This work, along with her mathematics education and her years of meditation practice, leads her to embrace alternative ways of seeing the world.
Nelson’s photography and mixed-media work has been shown in a number of venues, including Concord Art, Arsenal Center for the Arts, and Fitness Together Belmont. She participated in a small-group, juried show, “Perceptions of Self,” at Arsenal Center for the Arts and she had solo shows in 2015 at the Faneuil branch of the Boston Public Library and at the Belmont Media Center. One of Nelson’s pictures, of a Buddhist ordination ceremony in Thailand, was featured in a calendar by the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Wisconsin.
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