Susan Unterberg has been creating photographs for fifty years–photos, among other subjects, of circles and eyes and heads and jellyfish. She says of her work that it “always has parallels with my personal life. While my photographs are often based on realistic images, they are never idealized and their concern goes beyond the depiction of realism. There’s a Talmudic saying: “We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are.”
We begin with selections from her most recent series, “Heads.” The heads are self-portraits in which Unterberg “confronts the tyrannizing idea of turning into a crone or a mad woman. My grimaces allow me to tell a narrative of pain, frustration, anger and ambivalence.” One reviewer described them as “horrific, hilarious, inscrutable … the viewer is … besieged by a teeming mass of unswerving allusions, as difficult to shake as a mob of pursuing zombies.”
Next, a few of her photographs of “Jellies,” delicate, exquisite, precise, that “float and evanesce like angels trailing beatific exhaust fumes.” Oh, and jellyfish are sometimes called “medusas” …
We end with “Horse Eyes.” Stunning. Hard to look away.
Susan’s work meets consistently the highest standard of creativity/skill/original vision. The “Heads” reflect her most direct statement yet!….refreshing and affirming.
The heads are disturbing and yet familiar. The jellies ethereal and strange. The horse eyes are eyes I remember, yet also orbs of mystery. All are wonderfully creative uses of the photographic process. Kudos to Susan Unterberg.
All of these photos are stunning! The horse eyes really intrigue me! The self-portraits are SO engaging — I love what seems to be almost the negative image and the highlighting of certain features. WOW!!!!
Wonderful work. Thanks to Stumbleupon for leading me here. I’ve bookmarked.
Amazing work! Thanks so much.