Gillian Hyland: ‘Words_In_Sight’


Words in Sight
Gillian Hyland
Curadoria de Francisco Lacerda


The exhibition Words in Sight  made by the artist Gillian Hyland, and curated by Francisco Lacerda, is a narrative photography series which has been inspired by poems that Gillian has written over the past decade. The poems captured her life and emotions in words. She thinks of the photographs as an interpretation, or a reimagining of those words, which offer a new perspective  on past events.  She creates fictional environments, imaginative and theatrical, in which she emphasises characters’ emotional states by playing with colours, symbols, and aesthetic settings in order to produce an evocative atmosphere.  She has also, in creating these images, drawn inspiration from the rich literary tradition  of Ireland. 
“ Stories help people see life through  the eyes of others; whether the tale is set in  the present day or the distant past, the common emotional threads remain the same, and will  still be relevant tomorrow. “ She says.
The aim of the photographs in Words in Sight is not only to explore her own past experiences, and her sense of self, but to tell a story. The images suggest a larger narrative within a single incident; they also attempt to tap into a universal understanding of emotion and experience.  Her work is not about creating a pretty picture. For her it’s the intention that lies beneath it that is truly worthwhile. “I’m drawn to the thinking mind behind the face - the subjects’  eyes holding a story in their gaze; that is what  I aim to capture in my photographs.”
Gillian Hyland is an image maker; she personally composes every aspect of her pictures.  Originally from Ireland, Gillian’s career began in publishing, where she worked as a fashion stylist and features writer for a number of well-known national magazines. This led  to a move into the television industry, and later into the film industry, where she worked in a variety of roles, including stylist, set designer, and art director. Since 2007 Gillian has been living in London. This period has seen her create imagery for fashion shoots, commercials and advertising campaigns for a range of high-profile international clients and brands.  This diverse background helped her develop a passion  for making images, which evolved into her own distinctive photographic style. Gillian first released Words in Sight in 2014; since then her photographs have been exhibited around the world and received several awards.

 

DELUSION

What fools are we, lost in our own fantasy With the games we play masking us from today. We are not free, but trapped by who we used to be.
Gloating and doting on our former self, Convinced of our once worth and stealth. We shine the memories of our glory days Like trophies of time, to battle our decline.
What was once banal, is now divine.   Tomorrow’s legends, are but fading memories of today

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DESIRE

It catches you by surprise, The spark that never dies
It burns right to your core And leaves you wanting
Forever more.

 

COPYCAT DOLLS

Fickle followers of fashion Flock to the frilly frock and mock, The very stature that should matter.
Where follies of copycat dollies Prance pristine with glamorous gleam. From day to day, with nothing to say.

 

LOOK AWAY

The eyes never lie you see And yours look dead to me.
There’s no delight upon my sight.
Just the shadow of the day You wished I went away.

 

UNFORGIVEN

The silence lingers sadly on Our beating hearts, together gone
The words once spoken with wine a gust Of insecure feelings, which caused our bust
No more kisses on my cheek Not a word to me, do you speak

 

AWAKENING

In the whispering morning light of day, As your gentle kisses fade silently away You leave me, in every possible way.
Not upon my lips do you so touch But in my mind where you flourish and rush, There the stolen moments of our time Lie precious, and seemingly divine.
Lingering with lust, you lick my memories with blush While in the day, you drift further away.
The poison of my passion keeping me from sin, With no other man feeling worthy, to pass within.

 

THE UNKNOWN

When I think back in time, I’d always thought you’d be mine. Even when I went away, my aching heart with you did stay.
As time passed on and so did I, the memory of you refused to die. Was it fate or fear that made it stay, or my belief in what could be one day?
Only now when words have passed, do I realise that my love did last.
But what could have been is not here now, As I stand alone, to face the unknown.

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ABOUT

Gillian Hyland creates supernatural staged images, presented as film stills or dramatic moments. Hyland’s unsettling mise-en-scene are full of sex and desire, sadness and nostalgia. Narratives that are psychologically evocative - at once sublimely theatrical yet poignant.

Like Richard Avedon and Guy Bourdin, the mix of fashion and art has challenged us to accept stylised new ideas of femininity and masculinity, innocence and sensuality. Hyland describes herself as an image maker and story teller. Her dramatic photographs are based on her own poems, and depict characters in human dramas and isolated emotional situations. Frozen in time, solitary and vulnerable moments are presented in glorious technicolor and timeless sets. 

Encapsulating her memories and emotions in poems she then transforms these into images, offering a new perspective. The imagery plays with our notions of nostalgia, and taps into society’s cultural understanding of feelings and beliefs. The composition of each image suggests a larger narrative within a single moment. The photograph explores Hyland’s sense of self and society and aims to engage and trigger an emotional response from the viewer.

“It’s not about creating a pretty picture, for me it’s the intention that lies beneath it that is truly worthwhile. I’m drawn to the thinking mind behind the face, the subject’s eyes holding a story in their gaze, that is what I aim to capture through my photographs.”

Gillian Hyland is an image maker; she personally composes every aspect of her pictures. Originally from Ireland, Gillian’s career began in publishing, where she worked as a fashion stylist and features writer for a number of well-known national magazines. This led to a move into the television industry, and later into the film industry, where she worked in a variety of roles, including stylist, set designer, and art director.

Since 2007 Gillian has been living in London. This period has seen her create imagery for fashion shoots, commercials and advertising campaigns for a range of high-profile international clients and brands. 

This diverse background helped her develop a passion for making images, which evolved into her own distinctive photographic style. Gillian released her first fine art series ‘Words in Sight’ in 2014; since then her photographs have been exhibited around the world and received several awards.

Past exhibitions inclued Museum of Sidney, Oriental Mandarin Hotel, Royal College of Art, Sony World Photography Awards or Moscow International Foto Awards. Her work´s has been feautered in Le Cool, Telegraph, Independent Newspaper UK and The Irish Sunday Independent.



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