"Caravaggio's Toys"

photographs by Joy Bush

On exhibit from January 9th - January 30th

  Artist Reception: Saturday, January 10th 6pm-8pm

'Sea Clouds" 30x30 acrylic on canvas



Caravaggio’s Toys pays homage to the idea of collecting as a social phenomena.  Photographing these objects as if each had the status of a relic, I approach them with the seriousness that Baroque painters would have given to the subjects of their portraits.  With the employment of chiaroscuro lighting and the placement of each toy in the camera's frame, I give larger than life importance and seriousness to these stuffed, lowbrow figures. The series extols the quality of light in the photographic image while maintaining a lively subtext of humor.



Joy Bush, who lives in Connecticut,  works as a documentary and fine art photographer.   Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibits in many galleries including the Copley Society in Boston, The Washington Gallery of Photography (DC), Umbrella Arts in New York City, Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury (CT), The Carriage Barn in New Canaan (CT), .  Her photographs have appeared in The Village Voice, The New York Times, Connecticut Review, and many other publications.  She is represented in the permanent collections of the Cincinnati Art Museum, Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury,the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, the Yale Medical Group Art Place in New Haven, Connecticut, and many private collections.