Enthusiasm (2009-2011)

Etymologically, the word "enthusiasm" is derived from Ancient Greek and refers to a state of heightened inspiration in which one is transported beyond oneself. This state was understood to be the source of artistic creation and is further explored in Plato's dialogue Ion, where Socrates suggests that the act of writing poetry is not the result of human intelligence or a skill, but instead happens in a state of divine possession in which artists channel the work of the gods through them.

Enthusiasm is a project of artists' portarits taken at the beginning and end of a period of time in which the subjects are entirely devoted to their artistic practice. I explore visually how artists are transformed by their creative experiences and aim to register in their physiognomy the residue of the process.