“Ghost Dance” – Exploring the ideas of soul and spirit.
This is the beginning of a series of works inspired by Japanese Rocudou-E ghost paintings daring from the late 15th century, as well as the phenomena of Victorian scientific photographs of spectres and souls taken in the pursuit of providing pictorial evidence of spirit.
Who is Justyna Neryng?
Justyna Neryng is a multi-award winning fine art photographer from Poland. She spent much of her childhood playing with her father’s cameras and dark room while roaming the forests of Chelmsko on the Czech border. As an adult, a mother and an immigrant to Britain, her photography has flourished into a substantial body of portraiture. Perhaps the most evocative of her works are her exquisitely emotive self-portraits that seem to carry the dark spirit of the forest from her childhood as well as potently baring the scars of modern womanhood. They show vulnerability and intimate eroticism as well as deep sense of isolation and alienation. It is these portraits that have been most published and exhibited in both her Polish homeland and in the UK.