Using images as symbolic vessels, I describe an imagined realm and its inhabitants, unbound to location or era. I seek to inflict specific and visceral moods on the viewer: toiling through moonlit thickets, the buzzing silence of derealization, the ache of a thick layer of ice separating us from the just-visible life beneath. I reach this beautiful solitude through photographs of unfamiliar, otherworldly landscapes and artifacts brought back from some unknown character acting within it. This winnowed version of my surroundings aims to form a harmonious gestalt that invokes mysticism, narrative, and the dualism between the idyllic and the arcane. The documented events can only exist experientially and aesthetically, scheming into life in the space between photographs.
William Wold Whitman is an illustrator, world-builder and Gemini from the woods of Northern Vermont. Their work is shaped by dysphoria, rural solitude and grapheme-color synesthesia, and seeks to embrace what it is to exist alone within oneself and the landscape.
1. Ice, Olml, 2015, archival inkjet print, 16 x 23”
2. Gathering, Soot Patch, 2015, archival inkjet print, 16 x 23”
3. Untitled, Moorin, 2015, archival inkjet print, 16 x 23”
4. Sisters, Hallais, 2015, archival inkjet print, 16 x 23”
5. Mist, Olml, 2015, archival inkjet print, 16 x 23”
6. Studio Portrait