|An Indecorous Disturbance, 1989 -- Jo Whaley|
For the photographs in Global Folly, Whaley created elaborate stage sets, painted backdrops and utilized gel filters to paint with light, “employing an expressive use of color, rather than a descriptive one.” Whaley’s highly controlled use of color emanates a painterly, theatric quality in her photographs. The theatrical stage upon which her models pose elevates the fictional narrative to the allegorical myth of the Garden of Eden. However, Whaley poses the concept of a “global folly” – the garden’s decay at the hand of human intervention.
|The Birth of Venus, 1990 -- Jo Whaley|
|The Inquiry of Gaia, 1990 -- Jo Whaley|
Whaley writes, “Global Folly forms the visionary and stylistic basis of all my subsequent bodies of work. In these narrative fictions, the figures are shown under acid rain skies, amongst the debris of urban culture or pouring tea, while some explosion blasts through the distance. While these images depict a cautionary tale, they are intentionally sensual, having a baroque sensibility of opulent decay.”
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