Tiff J Tiff Sutton

Artist Statement

I create narratives about all women regardless of their ethnicity, age and body type. Creating these images is an act of love for myself and my female friends. Inspired by Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon and Carrie Mae Weems. I combine my favorite attributes of each photographer to create my style. Diane Arbus created images of so called ‘freaks’ with a documentary lens, Richard Avedon captured a woman’s beauty in magazine layouts and Carrie Mae Weems engaged audiences with a black woman’s historical narrative. My portraiture work documents, editorializes and shares a narrative about women to the world.
My previous series used Biblical, Mythological stories and medical knowledge to pick fruit that is symbolic of a woman’s body, her sins, her fertility. The seemingly endless connections between the binary is what drew me to create portraits of women, eating, peeling and posing with fruit. My photographs of women aren’t about their performance for me and the audience as with a male gaze. I’m telling a collective narrative about women's complexities and emotions and that has become a feminist statement for which I am still exploring.
I believe that the camera captures the soul. It's lens can focus and magnify flaws and truths about every one that is before it. For me, my camera is my gaze and view on the world around me; it has deepened my love and interest in any person I place in front of it. My experiences with my camera and models is that after they are comfortable, in a safe place with just one woman looking at her, she truly relaxes. The facade, the mask, the walls in place to protect are down she can be free.

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