Haley Hasler, Family Flying Kite 2006
Although I could not stay for the duration of her presentation, Haley Hasler was by far my favorite visiting artist lecture I have attended. Off the bat I compared her work to that of Frida Kahlo, and was happy to hear her mention Kahlo’s name. Hasler’s ideas for her work I feel can be easily translated from painting to photography. Narratives, self portraits, and observation/invention are a good combination of elements for a body of work. Hasler composed many of her paintings from several elements: pictures, mirrors, still life observations, and master paintings. Hasler used musicians in some of her paintings, and I think this is something I would like to do as well especially considering how the art and music building are combined.I liked her explanation of why she did mainly self portraits, “you are free from the consideration you would give to another person.” I find this to be true in my own work; it is hard to find models comfortable with themselves and that I am comfortable giving direction to. You also don’t have to worry about whether the model will like the photos you have taken (could be bad for business). On the other hand, it is easy to be overly critical of self portraits and to be more distracted by whether or not you look good, because honestly no one wants to look ugly in pictures that other people are going to see.