"Silly Sins" in the words of Maryell Finisterre
This series was born out of serendipity, since I actually was working on a project with a political theme using the same four characters depicted here.
At the time I was living in a shared flat in Bath’s City Centre in the UK and barely had any budget, so since I could not afford a “professional” studio, I shot myself for a whole weekend in my bedroom mounting and dismounting my bed to clear some space, using mic stands, bed sheets and a pair of tungsten garden lamps to build my set.
Since my idea required better light control, I had to limit myself to working only at night and during the wee hours of the morning, sleeping all day, and getting ready in the evenings for the new session. I became the make-up and wardrobe artist, the producer, the model and the photographer.
In the midst of the madness of having to do everything myself as well as facing time limitations, I began experiencing a type of euphoria similar to the one produced by the intake of toxic substances and this triggered my idea for Silly Sins. I think that people who use drugs usually take themselves too seriously. In fact you can even sometimes fall into cocky attitudes because you feel like a super hero, you think you know things that no one else does or that you’ve found the black thread of some question, but the truth is you’re just high. I say this taking from personal experience but also because I’ve noticed this behaviour in others.
I must say that before I started producing these images I was feeling a bit confused with my own life, I had been clean for years but the compulsion for using again had been spinning, growing in my mind for a while so I said to myself: "instead of getting more confused or hurting yourself why not transmute this need and exorcise it creatively". And so I decided to mock the whole business, turn it into a travesty, be the actress of my own whims and reduce them to something ludicrous and in so doing take away the power they had over me...I still continue to be clean.
Curiously, I ended up more satisfied with these fortuitous pieces than with the original idea. That’s the way the creative process is: sometimes what you believe you’re seeking is just the trigger to project your true voice and free yourself from your demons.
Aesthetically, this series has been influenced by american photographer Diane Arbus and by Japanese manga.
In 2102, these pieces were part of the SELF exhibition in Times Square, New York. and fortunately they’ve had a great reception with the public.