Art of the Image - Chad Lue Choy Photography

Art of the Image

A collective exhibition held at CHI Studios, Port of Spain, Trinidad

 25th July - 25th August 2018

Artist Statement

Into the Darkness

Where does beauty live? To whom does she show her face?

This series is an accumulation of images created in Trinidad and abroad over the past decade.

I look for the unexpected beauty and energy in the everyday mundane and the ghastly, and through my art, I hope to provoke people to see the beauty that resides in the darkness and the shadows all around them.

Context and personal history have the ability to find or obscure beauty. For instance, a jab molassie is a traditionally ghoulish character. Upbringing and experience condition us to be afraid of the mud, paint, oil, and having to “pay the devil”. But strip away the cultural insight and our innate fears, and the devil can become an angel. Similarly, concrete piles driven into the sand at the mouth of the river may be insignificant. But add in childhood memories of carefree days at the beach and the smell of the salty air, and they transform into a memorial to loved ones we have lost.

My process is to look beyond the conspicuous; to remain engaged with my subject long enough to see the beauty in its geometry, in the energy of its movement or in the solitude of its stillness; that ephemeral moment when the light gets in.

Longing for Home

Fingers strained,

Reaching,

On the tips of bloodied toes she reaches.

Beyond our shores,

A water lily blossoms,

In a land of Dragons.


Longing for Home

Trinidad, 2016


Masquerade of Fear

The monsters

They live only in our dreams

Awake!

For there are no monsters


Masquerade of Fear

Trinidad, 2016


Absolution

Near river's edge,

But cannot drink.

We strain to see,

What bright future brings


Absolution

China, 2010


Rigour of Being

We float between light and shadow

This dance you see

Grinning teeth or hidden hand

I am what I want me to be


The Rigour of Being

Trinidad, 2016


Rictus Befallen

The tear rips through the page

Cutting across the beautiful words

Until there are but only

Shreds of paper in the wind


Rictus Befallen

Portugal, 2011


Of Things Passed and Yet to Come

Haunted by these ghosts

I will not allow myself to be

A master of my destiny

Forever to walk this path


Forever to walk this path

A master of my destiny

I will not allow myself to be

Haunted by these ghosts


Of Things Passed and Yet to Come

Trinidad, 2018


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