Jimmy McDonald, a Richmond County photographer, is in the process of shooting digital photographs for an exhibit on adorning the human body. The work will be displayed at Arts Richmond in Rockingham during their “Art of Adornment” exhibit that will open Wednesday and run until Nov. 30.
According to Laura Daskal, executive director of Arts Richmond, the exhibit presents questions about contemporary societies and how they adorn the human form with art. The exhibit asks the viewer to think about art and the body, and ask, “Is it adornment? Is it art? What statements are presented? What are the stories told?”
This exhibit will feature the work of several artists including McDonald. He said he aims to capture what people do as far as decorating their bodies, and that the first things to come to mind were tattoos and piercings. While that is not all he seeks to photograph, he looks for unusual adornment as well -- such as abnormally long fingernails, or unusual hair styles and colors.
“I like having the chance to talk to people about why they chose to do it,” McDonald said. He is interested in the stories people share about the symbolism of their tattoos, such as pictures dedicated to lost family members, spiritual beliefs or simply something they like.
McDonald enjoys having the opportunity to take on a challenge beyond the portraits he does. He said this exhibit has given him “a good opportunity to do something different, and having deadlines helps.” He’s incorporated an artistic play on light, as well.
“As I see people or something interesting I approach them, and give them my card,” McDonald said.
He said he is “definitely not done.”
“Jimmy has been wonderful to work with on this project,” Daskal said. “Each artist’s work represents a mixture of interpretations of this theme and gives them an opportunity to present questions regarding modern customs through their art form.”
The exhibit will open from 2 until 6:30 p.m., and will be open to the public Tuesdays - Fridays. A reception for the artists will be held on Oct. 24 at 4 p.m.
“Jimmy always volunteers his time and energy throughout our community,” said Gene Chance, president on the board of directors of Arts Richmond. “We truly appreciate his hard work. Jimmy has done a great job on this project and his artwork reveals his talent and creativity through this exhibit.”
Staff Writer Dawn Kurry can be reached at (910) 997-3111 ext. 15, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.