AN INTERVIEW WITH SCARLET MANN
Conducted on 27, 2014 by Cesar Giraldo- Interior Designer/Artist
WHAT DOES THE TITLE OF THIS SHOW REVERIE MEAN TO YOU PERSONALLY?
A reverie is a fanciful or impractical idea or theory. It is being lost in a dreamy or musing state of mind. Throughout my life, I've found that I was always happiest and thriving when in this state of mind. When a dream is breathing in me, I am excited. I lust, I want, I am alive. Once I've achieved that dream, after the excitement of accomplishment and pride has died, I feel apathetic. I’ve won that game, and again I am left wanting something more. I ask myself, "Is that all there is?". The joy of life lies in that precious little pocket of space and time in existance when a dream is alive and real. This exhibition for me is a retrospect or celebration of that concept. To quote 2Pac, "Reality is False and Dreams are For Real".
CAN YOU EXPLAIN SOME OF THE IDEAS BEHIND YOUR PHOTOS?
For me, my life has occurred in phases so to speak. Each of my image contributions sort of represents one of those phases.
There was my youth, the idealism phase. I grew up near railroad tracks with my brother and sisters. I can remember the simple pleasures of adventuring down those tracks, all of the unknown territory to be explored tugging our little red wagon packed with all of our “survival” items and dress up clothes. There was an undying confidence that one day we would undoubtedly attain material wealth, floating on cloud nine in an innocent bliss mocking up our future houses, careers, and travels, playing runaway boxcars. Then, as life happened, as I grew up, over time, there was the slow fade of love and the harsh realization that everything wouldn't be perfect. I might not EVER attain some of those childhood dreams. In "The Idealism of Youth Lost” the railroad tracks represent that idealism, being able to go anywhere and achieve anything. The masks are mundane and expressionless representing the loss of that idealistic viewpoint.
Then came the exposure to death phase, losing my brother, mourning, pain, looking back and becoming aware of the fact that life has a timeline and a hard-out. Things are more temporary and fleeting than we could ever even imagine. I title a shot “Remember it Well” in order to draw attention to this brevity.
WHAT IS MEANT BY “CITY OF VICE” IN THE PHOTOGRAPH AT THE VICEROY HOTEL?
Los Angeles has a dark side as does any city. This shot represents to me the phase of vices- alcohol, drugs, competing in vain for social acceptance, a pseudo happiness by way of materialism & shrewd mannerism. The shot shows a girl falling from this immaculate structure to express a feeling of giving up or losing to something. The size proportion shows how small we can feel sometimes in comparison to the huge machine of materialistic frenzy.
AND WHAT ABOUT “THE FABULIST”?
Ah, the phase of exaggeration, hyper-magnifying the moments of pure high to portray my life, competing with other liars, others who draped themselves in designer clothing, rich men & dramatic stories, hiding the loneliness, faking perfection. “The fabulist” is about this person. I’ve had a few in my life.
THERE IS SOMETHING DISTURBING ABOUT THE SHOT “CONTEMPLATION OF MORTALITY”, AND I CAN’T QUITE PUT MY FINGER ON IT. CAN YOU ELABORATE?
Yes. “Contemplation of Mortality” for me is a feeling brought to life. Many times in my life, ironically when things are going super well, something crazy bad happens. I chose this beach scene to portray this specifically because so many times, while relaxing on the beach, surrounded by the everlasting mother nature, crashing waves, broken clouds & the rejuvenating ocean air, when for all intensive purposes, I should be feeling light and happy, I am caught pondering my own mortality, the Earth's, and spirituality. This shot is like the calm before a storm. Sorry, sometimes I can get sort of dark.
HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE YOUR COLLABORATION?
The beauty of having a collaboration is that we can create a communication that relates through 3 unique perspectives. I personally have been inspired tremendously by Serge's or Lily's vision, and at times I feel like there is a sort of collective consciousness in the human condition that together we are tapping in to. We bounce ideas or concepts off of one another, challenge each other’s creative boundaries, and broaden our overall ability to connect to an audience. We naturally tend to have one sided viewpoints, and this collaboration has wonderfully pushed me outside of my comfort zone, allowing me to relinquish stubborn creative control and open my mind to new concepts. Our collaboration is like a family, we challenge each other as well as have each other's backs.