Be Still Life
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Artist Bridgette Broughman
Fine Art Photography
I am a fine art photographer currently residing in Fairfax, VA. I was born and raised in Michigan where I nurtured an interest in art as a small child. I received my BFA in Studio Art from Michigan State University in 2004 and recently obtained my MFA in Photography from Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, MI. Although I have practiced different mediums, including painting, drawing, and printmaking, I currently work in photography. My photos are conceptually driven, although aesthetics influence the images greatly as well.
In general, my photographs are quiet visual moments of pause that value the corporeal and visceral nature of our existence. They not only seek the viewerʼs gaze through their formal beauty, but the viewerʼs acceptance as well. The various specimens of animals and animal parts that are portrayed in my photos reveal their interior juxtaposed against a stark white illuminated domestic exterior in order to bring together the vernacular with the more complex scientific. The history of anatomical study and its desire to truly know us through the depths of flesh and viscera-be it our own bodies or that of other earthly creatures, has fundamentally transformed our modern idea of self. My photographs draw inspiration from the artists and anatomists of the past, such as the stunning wax anatomical models of the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as draw from the present such as the successful exhibition Body Worlds, which celebrates medical progress and recalls the anatomical museums of centuries ago. Although there has always been opposition to public exposure of anatomy, the field of anatomy’s contribution to modern medicine is irrefutable. We should all see and know what makes us live, and celebrate it in everyday life even if it means direct confrontation with our mortality.