The series First Impressions of My True Self by photographer Marco Castaneda explores themes relating to self-discovery through forced isolation. The work aims to elevate escapism by means of art making and the act of physical motion.
‘I have begun to approach working with physical photographs no longer as precious objects, but as malleable forms with sculptural possibilities. I find comfort in cutting, folding and re-photographing the objects I make in hopes of manifesting a more solid foundation to build up from. I enjoy the tactility of sculpture and its haptic registers within the photographic and often use found objects, usually pieces of fashion that represent a certain type of person, most of the time the type of person I used to be. I’m thinking about control and presented image; what is shown and what is concealed’.
Marco Castaneda is interested in the proliferation of secrets, and subsequent distortion. He enjoys building worlds within worlds and the way spaces both interact and collide with one another. He is validating the place-holder as the real thing, fighting the gentrification of himself and the aesthetics of combating an ever-creeping nostalgia for the comforts of heteronormativity.
The series First Impressions of My True Self explores themes relating to self-discovery through forced isolation. The work aims to elevate escapism by means of art-making and the act of physical motion within a confined space.