a work in progress
“LIFE, a work in progress” is an ongoing photographic series exploring the struggles in life we face through the distinct lens of an artist. Each photograph is individually named and explores a personal vulnerability that Calato has dealt with in her pursuit of doing what she loves - being an artist. At a first glance, viewers often think they are looking at a photograph of actual life size objects, but upon closer examination they discover these still lifes are hand built miniatures printed to life size proportions. This playfulness of scale brings deeper meaning to typically insignificant objects.
The photographs are created through a process that can take up to 4 full months per photograph. Calato meticulously builds the miniature objects (most of which exist in her real life), and the time intensive process spent building allows her to contemplate these objects and why they are so important in defining her life. The objects are always photographed within a strictly white backdrop to bring focus to the subject rather than a time or place. Calato sometimes shoots upwards of 30 variations using the same objects. Sometimes the process of photographing can be painstaking, hunched over a camera and using a toothpick to nudge an object 1mm to the left in order to capture the right story. Through this process the truths of life’s struggles emerge.
The photographs final print size are 60” x 40” and 30” x 40”.