Barnes J. CarsonGriffin, GA
Images & Project Statement
I’ve been making photographs, prints, and combining techniques for more than four decades, and painting since childhood. Long ago, I worked with a few creative models, making photosilkscreen prints with their images. By that method, I created many images of a few women, and the work was about me.
Since 2014, after finding two full figure portraits in marble in Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, I’ve been photographing and “bringing to life” female portrait statues, these women mostly now unknown. Childbirth was often fatal, disease rampant, war, literally, on the horizon; women maintained society and civilization, expecting no legacy. They were mostly brave, courageous, and valiant. Immortalized in stone but forgotten, it’s my work to find out who they were and make them known again. This work is about them.
Any one of them can be compelling, her narrative blossoming in your mind. In a group, they are by turns heartbreaking, powerful, enchanting, overwhelming.
I am their medium and they are my calling. Their lost stories matter. Now more than ever is the time to honor these women who laughed, raged, inspired and were inspired, and loved. Their stories will haunt you.
I depict them to celebrate them. I remember them to honor them.
I hope you, in your turn, cannot forget them.