AleksandraStonePortrait

My work is an autobiographical narration of daily accounts of melancholy and self-deprecation. Plagued by perpetual self-scrutiny and a lifelong struggle with depression, my career as a self-portrait photographer manifested largely out of the necessity to cope, heal, and carry on. Over the years my presence behind the camera gave voice to a narrative for which I otherwise lacked words. What began as a therapeutic outlet evolved into a candid self-study and the development of a sizable body of work depicting an intimate glimpse into life’s daily struggles with anxiety, as well as my adjustments to life in America.

My objective is to isolate, deconstruct, and communicate fleeting and defining life-moments through an interdisciplinary approach that coalesces several forms of media into one final photographic image. The photographs themselves may be described as detached documentations of instability, doubt, fear, and quiet despair, but with an emotional distance.

From conceptualization, my process of creating a portrait recurrently begins with self-made costumes, masks, sculptures, and oft-elaborate set designs that are integral in conveying the scene and setting the tone of the photograph. It may take several weeks to months to create delicate pieces out of glass, metal, stone, and animal bones. My dedication to this portion of my projects has exponentially grown since the outset of my career, as the process is a reflection of the journey of the interior self, and all of the elements that contribute to the creation of the image are as important as the image itself. My quest to stage my work in real and tangible places, to reiterate and legitimize the authenticity of the emotions and experiences depicted, has taken me as far as the desolate volcanic landscape of Iceland and the seaside cliffs of Croatia, where once, long ago, I sought refuge from the ethnic cleansing in neighboring Bosnia.