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June Artist | Abby Ramirez, Reversed Reflection

June 4 - June 26

Abby Ramirez, June artist at the Claremont Forum

Exhibit opens on Saturday, June 4
6 – 9 PM

Artist Statement

This piece (right) is a smaller collection from the installation, Reversed Reflection. This piece refers to the exchange between two people; the photographer and the photographed. My subject was a complete stranger. I photographed him over a two-month period. I captured him in my lens both from afar and up close. What interested me was his shift from confidence to insecurity. I am aware that the difference in our gender influenced the exchange and yet, I was surprised when his masculinity transformed into uncertainty. I wanted to capture the beauty, as well as the coordination of the awkward and tense examination of representation and reflection. I highlighted the fragmentation of the subject’s body through lighting and color gels paired with the shifts in scale.

Everything about this piece is about creating a feeling of beauty and masculinity, as well as self conscious and vulnerability. Through color I wanted to evoke certain emotions such as confidence, power, strength, bravery, and even mystery. Through hand gestures and body language I wanted to represent the shift that was occurring through my lens.

Abby Ramirez, Reversed Reflection 2020

Artist Bio

Abigail Ramirez is a twenty-six, Mexican American artist based in the Inland Empire. She has been practicing portraiture for about six years. Over the years, she has been able to grow as an artist and develop her own techniques and style when approaching photography. Originally a poet, she enjoys incorporating storytelling and symbolism in much of her work as a way to create emotional connections with her viewer. She’s also fascinated by color and the effect color has on the viewer as well as the image, which can be seen with her shifts from color to black and white photography.

She gravitated to photography in order to cope with depression and anxiety. Vulnerability and transparency are important themes in much of her work. It is also important for her to leave room for the viewer’s interpretation based on their own experiences. She has installed interactive installations in the past such as, Passenger Seat  that was installed at The Progress Gallery in Pomona, CA..

Many of her portrait work has been published in many fine art magazines such as Goji Issue 22, BEYONDall Vol. 3, NEVER magazine Issue 7, MOB magazine Issue 13, RAAMAT magazine Issue 5, and Verses Issue 2. Her latest piece that was scheduled to be installed at the Wignall Museum was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID, but visual presentation of the installation was published in the book Chaffey College Student Invitational: Then And Now, published by curious publishing in 2020.

Follow Abby Ramirez

"Head" | Abby Ramirez
"Head" - Photograph by Abby Ramirez, June 2022
"Arms" | Abby Ramirez
Photographer Abby Ramirez at the Claremont Forum Bookshop, June 2022


June 4
June 26
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586 W. 1st St.
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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