Maria A. Verrier
Inspired by the mythical quality of Hiromi Kakimoto’s images, this series explores the complicated layers of subconscious emotion. I am interested in devising a story that lives on the edge of what is real and what I imagine. Buried as memories or dreams, this work is a bridge between my conscious mind and a subliminal world.
These arbitrary mental hiccups dance between the delicate intimacy of despair and joy, anguish and elation. The images lack a specific narrative as they leap from one to the next. Memories rise to the surface and make connections between disparate ideas – relevant to the moments in time into which they intrude only through a familiar smell, sound, taste, color, touch.
These are the stories we often tell ourselves. A constructed narrative based on the interpretation of facts as only we see them. Not false. But not entirely true.
Captivated by a single image at DeCordova Museum – its unexpected possibility and surreal glimpse into another world – Maria Verrier was inspired to begin her journey as photographer. The spontaneity of the medium fuels her enthusiasm for capturing images that evoke the complexity, splendor and in some cases, the despair of our existence. She explores universal emotions that represent our fractured ability to communicate, the wish to be understood, and the search for self. A “gatherer and a hunter” Verrier both seeks out and creates narratives hovering between truth and the imagined.
In March 2020, one of Verrier’s Beautiful Decay images was featured on the cover of Interiors + Sources Magazine. Recent exhibits include the Three Stones Gallery in Concord, MA; Peter Miller Fine Art Photography in Providence, RI; and the Winter Show at the Bromfield Gallery, Boston, MA.
The In-between, Birds of Sorrow and A True Self were exhibited in various Atelier shows at the Griffin Museum of Photography. A True Self was also presented at the Rockport Art Association from which a photograph was selected 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 artifacts found in decaying historic buildings has led to private commissions of architectural landmarks located throughout New England. Her photography is permanently exhibited at Sterling Lofts, Loft Five50, Counting House Lofts, The Sibley Building and Voke Lofts. Several images from the Voke series were featured in ArchitectureBoston Magazine in 2015.
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