Maria A. Verrier
What you say and what I hear is not the same.
Simple communication easily becomes distorted. Most of what we try to convey remains a mystery. By the time I decode your message, my own experiences, values and emotions have warped its wished-for meaning.
Even as my chosen words, however well-intended, flow from my mouth to your ears, I can see how imperfect they are. As they float to you, I want to catch them and try again. Distracted by your own thoughts – they are lost in the in-between.
Misunderstood or misconstrued. What does it matter?
I am not mechanically generating words – I speak with my heart, mind and beliefs, just as you do. Hidden under the layers, the inaudible wish to be understood is muted. There is no blame. Not on the sender or the receiver.
These images were inspired by a magical trip into the desert to listen to music, an infant at The Perkins School for the Blind nicknamed “Jelly” and the vulnerability of love. The diptychs are intended to represent my own fractured ability to communicate all that is hidden beneath.
Inspired by a single image at DeCordova Museum more than 10 years ago, Maria Verrier began her journey as photographer. Her deeply emotional connection with the medium fuels her enthusiasm for creating images that evoke the complexity, splendor and in some cases, the despair of our existence.
Recent exhibits include the Three Stones Gallery in Concord, MA, January 2017; Peter Miller Fine Art Photography in Providence, RI, December 2016; and the 2016 Winter Show at the Bromfield Gallery, Boston, MA.
The series Birds of Sorrow was in the group show for the Atelier 24 at the Griffin Museum of Photography in September 2016. An image from the series was selected for the 2016 Concord Art Annual MJ2 show juried by Susan Nalband and John Rizzo of Gallery 555. In 2015, A True Self was exhibited at the Rockport Art Association, as well as at The Griffin Museum of Photography – an image from the work was chosen for the book Family.Life a project created by Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
A Boston native, Verrier’s passion to capture the beautiful decay found in abandoned industrial buildings has led to private commissions of historic landmarks located throughout New England. Her photography is permanently exhibited at Loft Five50 in Lawrence, MA; Counting House Lofts in Lowell, MA; The Sibley Building in Rochester, NY; and the newly restored Voke Lofts in Worcester, MA. Several images from the Voke portfolio were featured in ArchitectureBoston Magazine in 2015.
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