Instax Film, shot on Instax Mini 90. 54x86mm
Respect or reverence paid or rendered: In Homage.
For this suite of works, Ida Sophia explores iconic self portraits from a range of photographic artists. The work considers the point that as artists, we are ancestors of those who have created before us. We are unavoidably inspired by them, moved by their works and ideas. They are the foundation of modern work, integrated in both subtle and obvious ways; always expanded and explored by the making artist.
In Homage to their works, Ida Sophia positioned herself inside their artistic process and conversely placed them, within her own. Over 20 days during an artist residency in Sofia, Bulgaria at World Of CO, Ida began each day in the studio by making a self portrait. In this time, she explored the head space of revolutionary artists like Dicky Chapelle (The first female war correspondent killed in action) the indelible Marina Abramovic (Performance Artist) and, among others, the irreverent experimenter Florence Henri.
In paying respect and reverence to these artists, Ida Sophia sees an homage as a way to say thank you. For paving the way before her, for pushing the limits of their bodies, ideas and creativity, for encouraging her to see that a artist has the ability to create work that is not only important for the time, but for those who come after.
By confining herself to the medium of Instant film, the images have the feel of film photography, however, their quality captures a certain painterly atmosphere, in the true sense of the immediate moment. A sharp image is not the objective; an image that reminds us of memory, not quite in focus but recognisable all the same, is. The instax film shots have been scanned from their original size of 54 x 86mm and printed at 594 x 841mm to enhance these qualities.
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