fototazo continues posting new photography projects, providing a first look at work from select artists. Today's Project Release is Rory Mulligan's Cindy Timberwolf. His statement on the project follows the images.
Mulligan was born in New York in 1984. He received a BA from Fordham University in 2006 and an MFA from Yale University in 2010. His work has been published by J&L Books and is in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He currently lives and works in New York.
I’m back where I grew up, immersed in the landscape that made me want to take pictures in the first place. I’m older now. In previous work, I tried to give concrete form to the lingering, vaporous residue of childhood experience. Here I’ve become that child once more. Of course, it’s not that simple. How could it be? There’s pain in going back and there’s pain in the present. Insecurity hovers over me like an unwanted halo. Am I a regressive man-child or an artist following his instinct? Is the instinct corrupt? Worse, is it utterly boring? But there’s also this place. It’s probably unremarkable to most, even those who live here. It’s special to me, sacred even. I haven’t lived here since I was seventeen, but it’s all as I left it give or take a few people and some trees. Home really is where the heart is, no matter how heavy or befuddled it may be.