Container Love regularly has changing themes, our Love Of The Month. This month is all about Narcissism (Look at me!) – the art of self-love, self-presentation, self-promotion, self-appreciation and self-applause.
Where is the line between art and narcissism in an era where everyone can (and does) constantly present themselves on social media? And how does this phenomenon affect your work?
Of course, self-love is essential to me, even though I find it super challenging most days as I’m sure many do. I think it’s hard to kind of decipher where the line between the two is since art is always up for interpretation. I see a lot of material on social media every day when I scroll. I’d be lying if I said a majority of it doesnt make my eyes roll to the back of my head. People want instant validation, and now they can get it easily. The way social media has kind of rewired our brains is a bit jarring. Every day, on our phones we have the ability to instantly compare ourselves to others and feed into our insecurities… but then on the other hand, social media also proposes a way for creatives to share their work and individual style with the world. I suppose it’s a bit of a double edged sword. I do however think or at least I hope that people whom I photograph notice the thought and work that goes into all of what I post, and it’s that which prompts them to collaborate with me to create something different than the majority of what’s out there…
Speaking of self-appreciation: We all had a difficult year. What would you like to applaud yourself for right now?
A difficult year for sure. I know it was much more difficult for others than I and I recognize my privilege. On a personal level, I think just staying focused on my health (mentally and physically) and art amidst the chaos of the year is something I am proud of. I haven’t been this focused or felt a rush of such creativity in quite some time so it’s been exciting to see the fruits of my labor coming to fruition.
Container Love’s mission is to highlight the beauty in diversity, to change views on love and to encourage and inspire more body positivity. Do your pictures have a message that fits into the Container Love universe?
I have always found the human body as something so unique and intricate. I think there’s a lot of pressure from the fashion industry to fit a certain mold of “ideal” body types, although it is definitely changing. While not all of my photos are nudes, I think you’ll see that I like to include a diverse array of body types in my subjects and I want to keep expanding with this in the next year for sure.