Anne Arden McDonald:
Anne Arden McDonald - Self Portraits
I build installations in the landscape or in abandoned interiors and then make private performances for my camera in these spaces. The performances explore my relationship to the world around me and are part ritual, part dance and part daydream. I have many fantasies that I can not achieve in life as I have known it--being able to fly is the main one--and am frustrated by the limitations of an earthbound body. This is a dilemma we share--being both flesh and spirit--living in a body with a mind that dreams. My images serve as visual metaphors for struggles we face every day: tensions and balances, keeping hope alive against the obstacles, and living in a vulnerable way without being crushed.