An audacious artobiography
The word audacious is tasty like a bar of Belgium chocolate that you pull out when somebody drops by and brings a bottle of red. It’s special, and only fits certain situations and people, kind of like a nice hat or a pair of formal gloves.
It’s my favourite word and today I’m pulling it out.
I’ve had the good fortune this week to speak to an amazing photographer named Kit Sora, whose creativity can only be described as unique, thoughtprovoking, interesting and, most of all, audacious.
Her new project, a 100-page photo book curated by Engen Books of Newfoundland and Labrador, contains her photography with a piece of short fiction inspired by her images. The stories included in this book are by bestselling and award-winning authors from all over the country, including several from Central Newfoundland.
In Kit’s work you’ll see provocative images of mermaids and maidens, fairies and vixens. And, here’s the best part. They’re all self-portraits. Even better, she does not use photoshop to create them. Instead, she builds props and creates her scenes the oldfashioned way.
“I spend all week figuring out what my vision is, get my props ready and every weekend we load up and shoot on Sundays,” she told me.
The work is astounding. Set against Newfoundland and Labrador’s majestic scenery, it is thought-provoking, whimsical and beautiful.
Art is an extension of the artist. It is their impressions and ideas, shared with the public through their creativity. It is their commentary on the world. To put a part of themselves into it is vital to its integrity.
But to put your literal self into it is bold on a completely different level. You’re not only saying, this is mine, but this is me. Then to take that very intimate art and ask others to interpret it through their writing is a further bold and unique step to take.
To truly create artistic work, you need to break open all the seals, dig deep into your own heart, using your deepest weaknesses as frequently as you use your greatest strengths.
I also believe that to truly live a whole, connected life you need to be bravely vulnerable at times. That may sound like an oxymoron but it isn’t.
It’s hard to be vulnerable, to lay your soul bare and to be seen in all your imperfect glory but it is truly brave to be that authentic in your life.
It is only through authenticity that we can be all we are meant to be. Having success by being something other than who you are is not true success, it just looks good.
The Artobiography will be available in late October.
Find Kit Sora’s photography at www.kitsora.com