New York-based photographer/artist Arielle Bobb-Willis is taking the fashion and art worlds by storm with her unique ability to create movement-filled portraits in which the subject’s face is concealed.
This month (March 4, 2018 through April 1st) the self-taught, young talent is showing a collection of photographs titled “Ever-Lucid” at Brooklyn’s Medium Tings gallery.
Commenting on her approach Gallery director Stephanie Baptist wrote via email, “Arielle’ s photographs are bold, complex and at times disorientating, encouraging the viewer to connect with the work, either aesthetically or from a deeper, emotional level. It is rare to see a young photographer with such a commanding visual language. Her use of the staged, performative body is an iconic visual statement, one that has staying power. Despite its compositional nature, the images are almost biographical and come from a very personal place. Her work is an exploration of agency, finding balance and human connections. The strength of her storytelling really spoke to me.”
She’s also generating interest in the fashion world and was tapped by The Cut to shoot and style Thom Ferguson and C’era I’je for the magazine’s spring 2018 fashion issue.
We had an email exchange with Bobb-Willis this week to get her thoughts on the progression of her art.
Check out Bobb-Willis’ The Cut images below.