Down, Down, Baby
Down, Down, Baby
The series, Down, Down, Baby is a visual diary, a documentation of the transitory period of one's youth. A culmination of ten years’ worth of photographs, Ms. Duffy’s MFA thesis work illustrates moments of ferality, desire, intimacy, and recklessness. The characters in this series exist as a symbol for an undeniable attitude within youth culture that is greater than themselves. This way of living defies the logic of refined sensibility, political correctness, and good taste imparted on us during adolescence.
Ms. Duffy predominantly explores the seedy underbelly of Savannah, GA and New York City, where repulsion and attraction coincide recurrently, mutually accepting of other another. Here, the artist plays on this concept and pushes it further. Beautifully vibrant, saturated landscapes are mixed in with depictions of over indulgence, blood, inflamed flesh, urination and intoxication. The push of the vulgar behavior and the pull of the loveliness of the characters and backdrop throughout the series builds and adds to the narrative.
The creation of this body of work originates from the artists compulsion to photograph the moments outside of the commonplace. Ms. Duffy avoids the pitfalls of the unremarkable and the everyday by documenting the actions in between. Her photographs focus beyond the constraints of one’s responsibility, during the moments when we are free to choose how we spend our time.
Ciara Duffy lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BFA in Photography in 2012 from The Savannah College of Art and Design and her MFA in Imaging Arts from The Rochester Institute of Technology in 2016.
While attending the MFA Imaging Arts program at R.I.T., Ciara focused in on her main concentration, environmental portraiture, creating her newest series, Down, Down, Baby. This series has since been exhibited and published by AINT-BAD Publishing in November 2016.