Artist Statement - Juliet Haas

Series Statements

Marionettes and Other Ghosts of Vision

Marionettes and Other Ghosts of Vision explores the inherent performance exchanged between my Self as observer and my Subjects, the persona. My love for film scenes and gritty cinematic locations inspires these environmental character portraits that reflect my own sense of longing, perhaps to be accepted, seen, and recognized as a strong, dynamic and often melancholy presence in my own life. Drawn to solitude and detritus, shape, light and darkness, dramatic weather and emotion, my work evokes a feeling of isolation. An isolation I have always felt even enveloped in the company of others. A feeling of being left behind, abandoned, dropped, silent.  

My desire to perform in my own story without exposing my Self compels me to participate in the scene from behind the lens at a safe distance from the intimacies of relationship while remaining fully engaged with my subject in the collaborative process. The subjects become my character portraying one moment from my vision in each scene, as they tap into their own creativity to explore personas to fit my story. Marionettes and Other Ghosts of Vision celebrates this collaborative process between my Self and my Subjects. The story hints at what role these souls might have played in this space, the Ghosts of this seemingly haunted, former railroad employee hospital, rumored psyche ward, who are now forever lost in the palpable spirit of this abandoned place.

Marionettes and Other Ghosts of Vision from the exhibit ~ Solo Series: Three Points of View, Viewpoint Photographic Art Center, August 6 - September 7, 2019. 


Now available for viewing in Portfolio Drawer A-17. Please ask a docent for assistance.


Return To The Desert

Return To The Desert is part of an ongoing project examining abandoned structures dotting the isolated desert landscape throughout Southern California. Structures and locations full of energy are archeological artifacts, left behind by their previous inhabitants.

Juliet has been traveling these interstate highways to her childhood home from Los Angeles for more than twenty years and has been witness to the steady decline and neglect that a deteriorating economy has left scarred on many of these villages.

Juliet's imagery foucuses on finding the beauty hiding behind the light, on the edges of shadow, and it is these isolated moments of dense emotion that inspire her vision.

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