Tag: family

Conclusion – New Life

Conclusion – New Life

First I was melancholic, then I was sad, then I found some way to express myself. I was baffled as I didn’t understand what I was up to. I called the pieces Untitled and moved on. Making the pieces made me feel in tune with myself and I got inspired and my energy came back. I thought about my father lots and sometimes got melancholic again, but not for long. Most of it had passed. Then I realized that the anniversary of my father’s death was approaching and this is what had probably triggered off these experiences. Now I understand and accept giving me a sense of peace. After Coming out of the Dark, I can now conclude with Conclusion – New Life. It does not cut off from my previous experiences but it is a coming together and closing the circle thus starting a new chapter.

new life warm

 

In my visual language, darkness is not something to be scared about, or something to stay away from. Darkness can be comforting, it is an unknown, but a comfortable or even friendly unknown and this is shown in the warm and rich hues it which it is embedded.

The second year of my father’s passing away is fast approaching. This is bringing a whole new set on unknown emotions to the surface which I am trying to process. Am I feeling melancholic? Am I at peace with his death? Will this ever heal? Do I want it to?

Coming out of the Dark

Coming out of the Dark

In my visual language, darkness is not something to be scared about, or something to stay away from. Darkness can be comforting, it is an unknown, but a comfortable or even friendly unknown and this is shown in the warm and rich hues it which it is embedded.

In this picture, Coming out of the Dark refers to an understanding of this darkness, what it represents (my melancholy triggered by my father’s passing away) and an acceptance. This understanding and acceptance allows me move on whilst carrying these emotions with me.

The second year of my father’s passing away is fast approaching. This is bringing a whole new set on unknown emotions to the surface which I am trying to process. Am I feeling melancholic? Am I at peace with his death? Will this ever heal? Do I want it to?
Photo 25-04-16 18 06 03

Ode to a loved soul

Ode to a loved soul

I can feel your energy

My father was my mentor, the one who really shaped my perspective about life, love and all things abstract.

He was also a friend who whom I could debate and learn from life’s many lessons. He’s given me ambition, thought me how to think out of the box and follow my intuition and dreams, no matter what.

He also thought me to know what I want in life, so that if it comes across my path, I will recognize it.
I miss him deeply, but I also know that he is always with me, sometimes by my side, and at other times checking on me and my family from far away. These photos represent just this. The energies of a loved one close by, felt by my soul, yet invisible to my eyes.

I know you're here
“I know you’re here”

I know you're there
Warmth “Warmth”

The second year of my father’s passing away is fast approaching. This is bringing a whole new set on unknown emotions to the surface which I am trying to process. Am I feeling melancholic? Am I at peace with his death? I know that I miss him and try to fit his presence in my everyday life, however I still catch myself crying every now and again, especially if I come across a photo of his that I hadn’t seen before, or if a movie or a story reminds me of him, his greatness or his sickness. Will this ever heal? Do I want it to? Will I forget him? This thought terrifies me….

Connecting Energies

Connecting Energies

The second year of my father’s passing away is fast approaching. This is bringing a whole new set on unknown emotions to the surface which I am trying to process. Am I feeling melancholic? Am I at peace with his death? I know that I miss him and try to fit his presence in my everyday life, however I still catch myself crying every now and again, especially if I come across a photo of his that I hadn’t seen before, or if a movie or a story reminds me of him, his greatness or his sickness. Will this ever heal? Do I want it to? Will I forget him? This thought terrifies me….

This photo is called “connection” as through it I feel as though I can somehow connect to my late father.

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A Visual Poem

A Visual Poem

In my visual language, darkness is not something to be scared about, or something to stay away from. Darkness can be comforting, it is an unknown, but a comfortable or even friendly unknown and this is shown in the warm and rich hues it which it is embedded.

The second year of my father’s passing away is fast approaching. This is bringing a whole new set on unknown emotions to the surface which I am trying to process. Am I feeling melancholic? Am I at peace with his death? Will this ever heal? Do I want it to?


Photo 25-04-16 18 06 03

TWILIGHT : HOPE : UNDERWATER (2012)

I come from a tiny island country in the middle of the Mediterranean sea and since I was a child have always felt to be more in my element in the sea than on land. So being pregnant and not allowed to travel to the sea was particularly hard for me.
Until now. Last weekend the doctor gave me the go ahead to travel and I spent a lovely time swimming – I just couldn’t get out of the sea :-)

These are a couple of photos taken underwater.

7/9 months to change

7/9 months to change

I’ve been going through a difficult pregnancy and have been stuck at home for a while now. Since I am usually a very active, outgoing and sociable person this has been very hard for me.

Although I love being pregnant and ‘interacting’ with baby, I feel as though I’ve lost who I was before, like I’ve lost my spark and my whole outside world has disappeared and only my inside (also inside the house) world exists.

I’ve taken some photos for the A Dance in the Dark series and I guess they represent this melanchonic feeling I cannot seem to shake off.. I’m not sharing these photos with my friends, sometimes it’s easier to share with strangers.

The books represent the readings and attempt at preparation for this new role whereas the casts were made to celebrate my 30th year and various stages of my pregnancy. They also represent various versions of me (if that makes sense!).

Similarities: Grandparents, siblings and son from Malta / Rochester, Minnesota

A MALTESE FAMILY: Grandparents, siblings and son
A study on the facial likenesses passed on through generations, notwithstanding age and gender.

In continuation with the SIMILARITIES series, I investigate methods to show physical alikeness between faces in a simple and visual way.

Grandmother and Mother

Grandmother and Mother smiling

Brother and Sister

Mother and Son I

Mother and Son II

Smiling Grandmother, Grandfather, Brother and Sister

NB: the photos themselves have not been edited on photoshop, I have just made the layers transparent so as to better see the similarities between relatives. These photos were sent to me from the models via email.

Anxiety (Insomnia)

Anxiety (Insomnia)

I’m in a state of big changes and this shows especially at night. I cannot sleep, and when I do, my dreams are very vivid and scary. I wake up every morning feeling tired and lost… what’s happening to me? Will I be a bad mother? Why am I running away all the time? Why am I so scared? – And then apparently it’s normal.

Similarities: A family based in Barcelona

Father and Son

Brother and Sister

Mother and Daughter

This set is called: Similarities: A family based in Barcelona
As part of the series: Similarities: An Investigation on Hereditary Alikeness which goes beyond generations, age and gender.

As part of an ongoing investigation on hereditary genes and the way they are received from parents and passed on to their offspring, I focus my attention on physical likeness in my Similarities series.
Unlike my previous work, this series of work is not based on image manipulation, making the project refreshingly simple. The exhibition consists of photos of real people on transparent sheets overlaid on top of one another – allowing the viewer to witness the resemblance passed through generations in a clear and easy way.

The process is extremely simple, yet the results are fascinating.

NB: the photos themselves have not been edited on photoshop, I have just made the layers transparent so as to better see the similarities between relatives.

Similarities: Two Sisters from Madrid

Rosa and Pilar

This set is called: Similarities: Two Sisters from Madrid
As part of the series: Similarities: An Investigation on Hereditary Alikeness which goes beyond generations, age and gender.

As part of an ongoing investigation on hereditary genes and the way they are received from parents and passed on to their offspring, I focus my attention on physical likeness in my Similarities series.
Unlike my previous work, this series of work is not based on image manipulation, making the project refreshingly simple. The exhibition consists of photos of real people on transparent sheets overlaid on top of one another – allowing the viewer to witness the resemblance passed through generations in a clear and easy way.

The process is extremely simple, yet the results are fascinating.

NB: the photos themselves have not been edited on photoshop, I have just made the layers transparent so as to better see the similarities between relatives.

Similarities: A Family from the Virgin Islands

Similarities: A Family from the Virgin Islands

Brother and Sister

This set is called: A Family from the Virgin Islands
As part of the series: Similarities: An Investigation on Hereditary Alikeness which goes beyond generations, age and gender.

Mother and Daughter, smiling

Mother and Daughter

Brother and Sister, smiling

As part of an ongoing investigation on hereditary genes and the way they are received from parents and passed on to their offspring, I focus my attention on physical likeness in my Similarities series.
Unlike my previous work, this series of work is not based on image manipulation, making the project refreshingly simple. The exhibition consists of photos of real people on transparent sheets overlaid on top of one another – allowing the viewer to witness the resemblance passed through generations in a clear and easy way.

The process is extremely simple, yet the results are fascinating.

NB: the photos themselves have not been edited on photoshop, I have just made the layers transparent so as to better see the similarities between relatives.

Similarities: Two Brothers from Surrey, England and Malta

Similarities: Two Brothers from Surrey, England and Malta

Two Brothers: John and Frank

This set is called: Two Brothers from Malta
As part of the series: Similarities: An Investigation on Hereditary Alikeness which goes beyond generations, age and gender.

As part of an ongoing investigation on hereditary genes and the way they are received from parents and passed on to their offspring, I focus my attention on physical likeness in my Similarities series.
Unlike my previous work, this series of work is not based on image manipulation, making the project refreshingly simple. The exhibition consists of photos of real people on transparent sheets overlaid on top of one another – allowing the viewer to witness the resemblance passed through generations in a clear and easy way.

The process is extremely simple, yet the results are fascinating.

NB: the photos themselves have not been edited on photoshop, I have just made the layers transparent so as to better see the similarities between relatives.

Similarities: a mother and her two daughters from Canada

Similarities: a mother and her two daughters from Canada

A Mother and her two daughters
A study on the facial likenesses passed on through generations, notwithstanding age and gender.

In continuation with the SIMILARITIES series, I investigate methods to show physical alikeness between faces in a simple and visual way.

Mother and Daughter I

Mother and Daughter II

Sisters

NB: the photos themselves have not been edited on photoshop, I have just made the layers transparent so as to better see the similarities between relatives. These photos were sent to me from the models via email.

Similarities: a grandmother and her two daughters from Canada

Similarities: a grandmother and her two daughters from Canada

AN INTERNATIONAL FAMILY living in Malta/Canada: Grandmother and her two daughters
A study on the facial likenesses passed on through generations, notwithstanding age and gender.

In continuation with the SIMILARITIES series, I investigate methods to show physical alikeness between faces in a simple and visual way.

Grandmother and Daughter I

Grandmother and Daughter II

Grandmother and Daughters

NB: the photos themselves have not been edited on photoshop, I have just made the layers transparent so as to better see the similarities between relatives. These photos were sent to me from the models via email.

Similarities: A Mother and Her Daughter from Barcelona

Similarities: A Mother and Her Daughter from Barcelona

 

This set is called: A Mother and Her Daughter
As part of the series: Similarities: An Investigation on Hereditary Alikeness which goes beyond generations, age and gender.

A Mother and Her Daughter: Dulce and Clara

As part of an ongoing investigation on hereditary genes and the way they are received from parents and passed on to their offspring, I focus my attention on physical likeness in my Similarities series.
Unlike my previous work, this series of work is not based on image manipulation, making the project refreshingly simple. The exhibition consists of photos of real people on transparent sheets overlaid on top of one another – allowing the viewer to witness the resemblance passed through generations in a clear and easy way.

The process is extremely simple, yet the results are fascinating.

NB: the photos themselves have not been edited on photoshop, I have just made the layers transparent so as to better see the similarities between relatives.

Similarities: Two Brothers from Albacete, Spain

Similarities: Two Brothers from Albacete, Spain

Two Brothers: Pepe and Patro

This set is called:Two Brothers from Albacete, Spain
As part of the series: Similarities: An Investigation on Hereditary Alikeness which goes beyond generations, age and gender.

Two Brothers: Pepe and Patro smiling

 

As part of an ongoing investigation on hereditary genes and the way they are received from parents and passed on to their offspring, I focus my attention on physical likeness in my Similarities series.
Unlike my previous work, this series of work is not based on image manipulation, making the project refreshingly simple. The exhibition consists of photos of real people on transparent sheets overlaid on top of one another – allowing the viewer to witness the resemblance passed through generations in a clear and easy way.

The process is extremely simple, yet the results are fascinating.

NB: the photos themselves have not been edited on photoshop, I have just made the layers transparent so as to better see the similarities between relatives.

Similarities: a grandmother and her son from Ponferrada, León, Spain

Similarities: a grandmother and her son from Ponferrada, León, Spain

Mother and Son: Encarnación and Ceferino

This set is called: A Grandmother and her Son from Ponferrada, León, Spain
As part of the series: Similarities: An Investigation on Hereditary Alikeness which goes beyond generations, age and gender.

As part of an ongoing investigation on hereditary genes and the way they are received from parents and passed on to their offspring, I focus my attention on physical likeness in my Similarities series.
Unlike my previous work, this series of work is not based on image manipulation, making the project refreshingly simple. The exhibition consists of photos of real people on transparent sheets overlaid on top of one another – allowing the viewer to witness the resemblance passed through generations in a clear and easy way.

The process is extremely simple, yet the results are fascinating.

NB: the photos themselves have not been edited on photoshop, I have just made the layers transparent so as to better see the similarities between relatives.

the Merged photo series: ‘Related II’ a mother and daughter from Scotland

This is new work based on a mother and daughter from Edinburgh, Scotland.

_You probably know Jeni, from the Mithing and  Rhizomes and Joy blogs as an intellectual artist and a past subject of my Portraits in the Dark series an collaborator in What Juan Saw When He Looked Into The Bin installation.

In this project, I studied Jeni and her mother Rosemary’s facial features and merged them to different degrees, suggesting them at different ages and creating different personalities based on the facial characteristics selected.

Click on the thumbnails below to view the images larger

These photos were sent to me via email, if you are interested in producing something similar with your photos, send me your photos (in high resolution and in similar positions) to alexia@alexiamedici.com

Similarities: A Mother and Daughter from Edinburgh, Scotland

Similarities: A Mother and Daughter from Edinburgh, Scotland

Mother and Daughter: Rosemary and Jeni

This set is called: A Mother and Daughter from Edinburgh, Scotland
As part of the series: Similarities: An Investigation on Hereditary Alikeness which goes beyond generations, age and gender.

As part of an ongoing investigation on hereditary genes and the way they are received from parents and passed on to their offspring, I focus my attention on physical likeness in my Similarities series.
Unlike my previous work, this series of work is not based on image manipulation, making the project refreshingly simple. The exhibition consists of photos of real people on transparent sheets overlaid on top of one another – allowing the viewer to witness the resemblance passed through generations in a clear and easy way.

The process is extremely simple, yet the results are fascinating.

NB: the photos themselves have not been edited on photoshop, I have just made the layers transparent so as to better see the similarities between relatives.

Similarities: A family from Barcelona

A study on the facial likenesses passed on through generations, notwithstanding age and gender.

In Continuation with my last post Similarities: Mother, Son and Daughter, I studied the similarities between the whole family as a set. The similarities between all is bewitching (as can be seen in the sharp areas of the photos, such as in the eyes.

NB: the photos themselves have not been edited on photoshop, I have just made the layers transparent so as to better see the similarities between relatives.
Click on the images below to see them in full size)…

Similarities: Mother, Son and Daughter from Barcelona

A study on the facial likenesses passed on through generations, notwithstanding age and gender.

In continuation with the thinking process behind the Merged series, I investigate methods to show physical similarities and differences between faces in a simple and visual way. Here I study the facial features of a mother and her two children. I find it very interesting to see that their eyes are identical, noses are practically the same and so are their mouths and face shape.

Mother, Son and Daughter

A FAMILY FROM BARCELONA

Brother and Sister

Father and Daughter

Mother and Daughter

Mother and Son

A study on the facial likenesses passed on through generations, notwithstanding age and gender.

In Continuation, I studied the similarities between the whole family as a set. The similarities between all is bewitching (as can be seen in the sharp areas of the photos, such as in the eyes.

NB: the photos themselves have not been edited on photoshop, I have just made the layers transparent so as to better see the similarities between relatives.
Click on the images below to see them in full size)…

Merged: Related

As an offshoot from my Merged Series, I am creating a new series which is called Related.

The basic idea is the same, i.e. merging different faces together, but the concept here is different. This isn’t a study on races and where we originally came from, this is shorter term and more direct: the similarities and differences that lie within each family member. In my personal life I am currently seeing many of my friends having children and I am always interested in the way children might look like a combination of their parents or grandparents – or look totally different and look like their more distant relatives.

In this project I merge the faces of family members, be it grandmothers, with mothers and daughters, or cousins, or siblings thus creating a series of alternative family portraits. In these portraits all members add up to one familiar, yet unexpected and unknown new person – with the personality these facial features entail.

The first series of photos belongs to my husband’s family.

Click on the images below to view them and the original photos I had taken of them enlarged.