To shoot the sun is both a reflection upon my personal traumas and experiences with masculine energies, and an investigation of male privilege within American suburbia. I am interested in containing and studying male power— observing its growth and erosion, sourcing its construction and relegation. In this body of work, I forge suburban geographies to create a terrarium, one in which I am able to direct and deconstruct performances of gender. Through formal regularities, each image implicates its subjects in an immobility and overexposure, working to align episodes and spaces of privilege with a silence, a parting.
Isabella Convertino (New York, 1998) is a young artist residing in New York and Connecticut. She is currently engaged in undergraduate studies at Wesleyan University (CT), pursuing a major in Studio Art and concentrating in photography. Her work has been published by ROMAN NVMERALS press, and was recently acquired by the MoMA library. Convertino’s images speak to the complications of adolescence, compounding memory and trauma as points of departure. Interested in the interplay between familial and gender structures, her work probes modes of power inheritance, distribution, and relegation within the New England domestic sphere.