‘Mapped in Two Dimensions’ by Melissa Olson

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OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, October 3, 2014, 7pm-9pm at Square Records Gallery

Mapped In Two Dimensions began as a reactionary exercise in dealing with a set of repeating nightmares Melissa had between November 2011 and April 2012. Out of the initial confusion surrounding the meaning of those dreams, Melissa decided that a good way to work through them would be to try and use photography as a method of recreation and analysis, potentially helping decipher what exactly her subconscious mind was trying to tell her night after night.

She was normally content not knowing the meaning behind dreams, but these were nightmares of the truest sense. They were very grim and haunting scenes, most of which she must encounter alone.

In her decision to incorporate models other than herself, it had become clear that many of the feelings expressed through the pieces were transcendent. Loss, guilt, grief and impatience are more widely shared emotions among humankind than we like to admit.

The newest additions to this series express a kind of resilience and ability to overcome the darkness we often combat within ourselves, and coming to the surface ready to face what lies ahead. These images are mostly inspired by historical stories that showcase a great sense of peace and focus. It’s a beautiful constant in this life: the ability to weather the loss and pain and carry on. We are intrepid.

Selections of this project were previously shown at:
Jupiter Studios
Alliance, Ohio
April 2013

June ArtHop
P*DE*Q, Fresno, California
June 2012

H&S Pop-up Show
Pacific Southwest Vault, Fresno, California
August 2012

NOW ON VIEW starting Oct 3 in Akron:

Square Records

824 W Market St, Akron, Ohio 44303