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“As an artist, I don’t believe we should ever limit ourselves. The world does that enough.

My photographs of nude men, for example, confront what our patriarchal society forbids. Each serves my search for imagery that reflects who we are regardless of gender definitions.

Many people identify me as a photographer but I am an artist first. Exploration is the key and my studio is a laboratory for research.

Looking back to childhood, surreal scenes from the Los Angeles basin collided with the emptiness of the desert, and that emotional tension of life still fuels my dreams and art. Emotion can be visible in the tangible object. Even color can speak.

You conceive an image or idea but then how that goes into the world could be many different forms. Sifting and sorting to find new meanings is what pushes me forward.”

Sex in Space installation prototype

Prototype of Sex in Space installation

© 2024 Ann-Marie Stillion / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York