2014 Second Place

Cera Hensley


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Artist's Statement


These images are part of a body of work that explores an area of personal psychology in the human search for purpose. Feelings of solitude, wonder, longing to belonging are exposed in the situations I create. I decided to take an unorthodox approach to creating these stories. I construct miniature landscapes no larger than 3x3 feet in my studio, then photograph them with an uncanny realism. After photographing the landscape, I photograph real people to invoke a sense of quiet confidence, longing, truth or questioning of existence.


I like to create imagery that's familiar yet otherworldly, thoughful and curious, unexpected and playful. My chosen method of creation influences my work as it's a solitary process of exploration and discovery, trying to re-create the essence of a memory or feeling.


My goal with this body of work is to provide visually stimulating and thought-provoking imagery that allows for contemplation, reflection and exploration of one's own experiences in this underlying quest to find purpose and belonging.