I am amazed each time I hang a new art collection at the SheBreathes gallery, how every artist can reach out, poke you in the chest and get your attention with subject matter, facial expression, color and perspective. Each medium offers the artist unique avenues to tell us with their art just how they feel. Hayley Ciarocchi chooses to speak to us, articulately, through photography.
Hayley is a 2016 graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. An old spirit in a budding artist’s body, she is loyal to her roots. To view her work is to wax nostalgic, and yet cement your stance in the present. The eyes of her local subjects gaze out from her photographs – characters with worldly elements, lonely yet independent, comfortable in their resignation.
They are moments and split seconds, pauses in every day life, like Impressionist genre scenes caught in the best light. They hold individual ownership of space, both psychological and physical, like a Hopper painting full of chosen aloneness and disconnect. These photographs are layered with small town history, and both literal and figurative reflection.
In her pictures you will witness the suspension of snow in a veil of hair, a young man taking a break from the burden of daily tasks, the joy you can get from a little music, and a glimpse of the sun that will make you squint.
So what does Hayley see in her photographs? Home. Unexplored callings in familiar territories. The comfort and assurance of every day places, family and friends. Her images are a gracious acceptance of life’s imperfections, in both people and nature.
We will all get to take in the simple beauty of Hayley’s photography for the month of April. Please join us at the artist’s reception on Tuesday April 4 from 7:00 to 9:00 at the SheBreathes Balance and Wellness Studio.