Sophie Loloi: White Sands
31 January, 2016
White Sands is a photographic series captured during my visit to White Sands, New Mexico, a location that falls directly on the same latitude as my country of origin, Iran. Geographically it was of great importance to me to find a a familiar eastern landscape, a landscape I find myself longing for everyday. I considered my journey a religious pilgrimage to find a familiar place, a similar environment and soil. White Sands resides within the landscape of the ‘American West’ which has always had a gendered meaning, often described as the ‘Virgin Land’, untouched and pure. The myth of the American West has always been portrayed as very masculine, but in this series I juxtapose the western landscape with the female body, using costuming resembling that of the Egyptian Goddess ‘Isis’ who was worshipped as the ideal mother and wife.
This series is comprised of performative self-portraits captured in a surrealist language. White Sands is an exploration of Eastern and Western mythology, the mystic female body, and my search through the Western world to discover a landscape similar to my homeland of Iran.
Sophie Loloi is an aspiring artist and maker who is currently working (and learning) between the intersections of image-making and visual communication design.
See more of her work: www.sophieloloi.com