Virginia Sandman

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Silver gelatin photography. 16" X 20" and 9" X 12"

We are watching.

Your mind is an Ocean. 

Light, contained..  

When we sleep we dream. 

Where do we go when we die?



Listening and understanding.

Artist's Statement

Photographer Virginia Sandman likes to think that some things you cannot speak about, and that these things must remain in the silent realm.

The photographs are made with film and a medium format camera; they are developed and printed using darkroom processes. Ideas for the work are sometimes planned and sometimes come about spontaneously. They are informed by a layperson’s interest in world religions, philosophy and certain aspects of physics.

Mystery, immateriality, what cannot be seen or touched are aspects of the work. The artist is preoccupied by the ancient questions -- Who are we? Where do we come from? Where do we go when we die? The work also embraces a wider scope of abstract forms and social justice. The artist’s past work with sculpture, video installations, film and performance art are just beneath the surface. These mediums have an interplay with the still, flat, yet gelatinous surface of silver gelatin photography.
  • Favorite Books, Books on CD and Podcasts

    The World’s Religions. Houston Smith
    Why Religion Matters. Houston Smith
    Maimonides: The Life and World of One of Civilization’s Greatest Minds. Joel L. Kraemer
    The Guide of the Perplexed. Maimonides
    The History of Philosophy without any Gaps. Peter Adamson
    The Sacred and the Profane. Mircea Eliade
    Cosmos and History. Mircea Eliade
    Muhammad. Karen Armstrong
    The Secret of the Golden Flower. author unknown
    Story of Edgar Cayce. There is a River. Thomas Sugrue
    The Death and Resurrection Show. Rogan Taylor
    Between Cross and Crescent. Jewish Civilization from Mohammed to Spinoza. David B. Ruderman.
    Tractatus Logico Philosophicus. Ludwig Wittgenstein :)


  • Studio
    Humphreys Street Studio, Dorchester
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