As a photographer, Ahrens is always exploring how layering subject matter can transform mundane objects and scenes into imagery that transcends the ordinary. In this series, bones are utilized to that end, in some cases directly identifiable while in others, the subject matter is disguised entirely. Drawn to natural things, Ahrens chose to photograph bones, utilizing those found and acquired. Bones represent the structure that sustains life, and they are the last remaining physical evidence of a living thing’s existence. In Bones, Ahrens, sought to create beautiful and dynamic imagery from the abstraction of these organic objects.
Jessica Ahrens is a contemporary artist living and working in Buffalo, New York. She explores themes of emptiness, loneliness and darkness in her photographic work. Drawing inspiration from decay in the natural world, things that were and are no longer, Ahrens uses her camera to beautify, transform and highlight the visceral. She uses in-camera multiple exposures and the use of glass and mirrors, to create both defined geometric imagery as well as the ethereal, attempting to create worlds and impressions more interesting than reality. Digital post-production is used minimally, as a tool to enhance rather than create.’
Most recently, Ahrens has had two exhibitions at the Cass Gallery in Buffalo, NY and is currently working on her new body of work that explores skin and the human form. For more info please visit www.JessicaAhrensPhotography.com.