Maria A. Verrier
Can’t You Hear Me
Nestled in a shoebox, undisturbed, the fading indicia on the envelopes reads 1983. Safeguarded against the passage of time, they whisper “forget me not”. The handwriting, rhythmically repeated from sender to receiver, is unmistakably consistent, even persistent. A young man’s words, familiar but distant, ache to be remembered.
A buried voice comes alive in the making of these images, piecing together subconscious rumblings. Like a dream, the succession of images attempts to reconstruct the ideas, emotions, and sensations of a seventeen-year-old’s chaos. The silent danger of abandoned spaces provides the perfect backdrop for memories to resurface. Threads of reality and color combine with a reinterpretation of the past to honor a life lost.
This series is a visual exploration of how the passing of time helps to heal intangible elements of memory. Through this exploration, long held encoded stories can be observed and released.
Captivated by a single surreal image at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 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. Verrier seeks-out and creates narratives that hover between fact and fiction.
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.
One of Verrier’s Beautiful Decay images was featured on the cover of Interiors + Sources Magazine. A photograph from the True Self series was selected for Family.Life – a book project created by Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Several images from the Voke Lofts series were featured in ArchitectureBoston Magazine in 2015
Her work has been exhibited at Three Stones Gallery, Peter Miller Fine Art Photography, Concord Art, Rockport Art Association, Gallery Twist, Bromfield Gallery, and as part of multiple Photography Atelier exhibitions at the Griffin Museum of Photography.