My work is centered around the fragility of identity, and the role that photography plays in our ability to remember and create a self-image. I choose photography and video as a means of understanding and reckoning with a world flooded with images. Embedded in the photographs is a level of anxiety around being seen, or a fear of disappearing that has been enhanced by technological accessibility, consumer culture and the constant absorption of images. In questioning how we decipher the world, absorb influences and reveal ourselves, I create images where identity is increasingly in flux – varyingly disappearing, fracturing, or grossly accumulating.
Much of my work involves simulated spaces, often domestic ones, referencing Jung’s idea that one’s house is a representation of their psyche. Using staged environments, studio lighting, and saturated color, I allude to familiar visual cues of advertising that are embedded in our collective unconscious. I use myself as a model to experience each of the scenarios I create as well as in some cases the claustrophobia of aligning perfectly within them. © Margeaux Walter (1982, Seattle/USA)