Artist Creates Dark Narratives Through Photos and Sculpture

“Sonder” is a piece by Veronica Rhodes featured in Phantasmagoria.  Photo courtesy of Veronica Rhodes

“Sonder” is a piece by Veronica Rhodes featured in Phantasmagoria.
Photo courtesy of Veronica Rhodes

Photographer Veronica Rhodes will feature her work in Phantasmagoria. Both photographs have subtle creepiness lurking in the details which gives an all around scary vibe. The more you look, the darker the characters pictured become. The photos only offer questions to viewers, never any answers, which also goes for her metal and copper piece. All three pieces will be on display at Jacoby Arts Center Oct. 26 through Nov. 2.

How long have you been doing photography? Do you have your own business or do you do it for fun?

I have been shooting since I was a child, but only started creating narratives and photographing them in series in the past couple of years. I have found I enjoy taking photographs for pleasure a lot more than taking on clients, so now I just shoot for fun. 

“Among” is a photography piece that gives viewers the creeps. The person’s hidden features makes the piece all the more disturbing.  Photo courtesy of Veronica Rhodes

“Among” is a photography piece that gives viewers the creeps. The person’s hidden features makes the piece all the more disturbing.
Photo courtesy of Veronica Rhodes

2. What inspired you to take these specific photos? Do you tend to go for spooky photos or do you enjoy taking other types of photos?

Throughout any medium, my style has always been on the darker side. These photographs are parts to separate series that both have their own narratives. I like to work intuitively and in an unorganized manner where ideas build in the moment of a shoot.  

3. What's your favorite part of photography?

My true love is film photography for the process of slowing down to develop the film and it's tangibleness. But, I love photography as a whole for the feeling it can emit in a viewer in a way that people can relate to because it's depicting “real life.” In any medium, I think people a lot of the time take their personal experiences and try to make sense of what they're seeing or relate it to a past event, but I think it can be more so convincing in a photograph. I also like being able to see how people view their world through their photography.

“Distant Memory” is another piece by Rhodes in a different medium: metal and copper. This piece offers layers and layers of spookiness.

“Distant Memory” is another piece by Rhodes in a different medium: metal and copper. This piece offers layers and layers of spookiness.

Do you create art in other mediums or not?

I really enjoy printmaking and metal smithing, but work mostly with photography and graphic design.