CountyAnne Arundel County
Media Arts, Visual Arts
Artist StatementAs we are inundated by likenesses and constantly have our likeness surveyed, we have begun to communicate primarily through images. Expressions of identity have become more nuanced and performative. In a world dominated by follower counts, profile photos and 140-character tweets, we take cues from mainstream media as well as hegemonic conditioning to polish ourselves in an endless quest for societal validation. Our affinity for technology catalyzes this reckoning, offering refuge from the prison of the self while democratizing the tools used to alter, obscure, and fabricate our digital persona. Working with portraiture allows me to have a metaphorical conversation about the nature of reality, where the original image posits truth and my manipulations posit fiction. Whether I choose to develop the images through a multi-layered digital process or I isolate specific elements that are then recontextualized, I call into question the fallibility of images in the digital age and the evolving semiotics of the selfie. Ultimately, the work aims to highlight dichotomies inherent in this age of anxiety -- virtual and actual; masculine and feminine; and public and private.
Jayson Edward Carter is a visual artist living and working in Baltimore, MD. During his undergraduate studies at Towson University, Carter utilized video, photography and installation to develop his formal, conceptual and technical vocabulary. As a self-identifying queer millennial of color, he hopes his work will address internalized attitudes and prejudices that occur at the intersection of photography and the Internet from a poststructural perspective. His BFA Thesis, "No Fats No Fems," was a multimedia installation that explored virtual identity politics and the semiotics of the selfie within the context of Grindr. Carter has been included in local, national and international exhibitions and publications while enrolled at Towson and was an organizer for his senior exhibition, "Exodus," at Maryland Art Place. He currently works as a Photo Retoucher with Under Armour and is eager for new collaborations and opportunities.