is the second piece of an eight-part series entitled Good Grief - A Visual Articulation of Shira's personal Journey After the Life-Changing Loss of Her Mother, Melanie Gold.
Moving through grief’s trance, a new consciousness of life’s fragility emerges like a twitching, reactive muscle that winces at the slightest risk of contact. Vulnerability
uncovers this most delicate place in time and space, where emotions are both heightened and frayed. Recognizing life’s impermanence often exposes the fear and lack of control one has over death itself.
Through landscape self-portraits, the imagery reveals the vast and intense array of emotions mourners often face in their individual grief journey. Each piece expresses a fundamental shift in one’s reality and identity.
Shira Gold is an internationally exhibited fine art photographer from Vancouver, Canada. She seeks to isolate images of stillness and beauty from complicated and painful moments. “My art is alert to the discomfort we face in our daily lives,” she explains, “but I want to turn pain and angst on its side to discover the beauty that accompanies our struggles.” Drawing on her relationships as a daughter and a mother, Shira’s work explores experiences of grief, embodiment, discovery, and wonder.
Shira has received recognition at the Fine Art Photography Awards, Julia Margaret Cameron Awards, International Photo Awards and was a semi-finalist in the BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Artisan Series. Shira’s work has been exhibited in brick and mortar galleries in Vancouver, Seattle, Rome, Athens, Los Angeles, Greenville and will be showing in Barcelona this fall.