© Lynn Goldsmith
© Lynn Goldsmith
Lynn Goldsmith explores questions of identity through self-portraits in which she assumes different guises.
A series of her photographs, The Looking Glass, is featured in the Main Gallery of the Griffin Museum September 27 through December 2. An opening reception with the artist is September 27, 7-8:30 p.m.
Goldsmith begins by injecting herself into settings that originate with window dressings in New York City. "After removing objects from the windows, I create a fictional narrative, adding new elements with additional photographs to turn the store window into visionary windows," she says.
She uses makeup and wigs on herself to offer different looks and transforms herself into different characters.
"Exploiting what is theatrically inherent in photographic media, I adopt persona from fairy tales, diverse cultures, and cinematic moments," Goldsmith says. "I catapult myself into the past and future, overturning accepted distinctions between illusion and reality."
"My aim is to highlight the psychological relationship between what we see and what we imagine," Goldsmith says.
"The point is to fracture the single, solitary sense of self, to propose identity as multiple projections of invented selves."
A graduate of the University of Michigan with degrees in English and psychology, Goldsmith considers herself a self-taught artist and entrepreneur. She is a multi-awarded portrait photographer whose work has appeared on and between the covers of Life, Newsweek, Time, Rolling Stone, People, and other magazines. She has been a consistent contributor to the series of Day in the Life books and 10 of her own books of photography have been published. Her work can also be found in numerous collections.
Prior to the public reception, at 6:15 p.m., Jess Dugan gives a gallery talk for museum members about his exhibit Transcendence, which is featured in the Atelier Gallery.
Goldsmith presents a talk on her exhibit, The Looking Glass, September 28, 7 p.m. Members, free. Non-members, $10.
The Griffin Museum of Photography is open Tuesday through Thursday, 11 am - 5 pm; Friday 11 am - 4
pm; and Saturday and Sunday, noon - 4 pm. The Museum is closed on Monday. Admission is $7 for
adults; $3 for seniors. Members and children under 12 are admitted free. Admission is free to all
every Thursday. For more information, call 781-729-1158.