SILVERMAN TIME AND TRANSFORMATIONS
The visual has always been fundamental to my life. Motivated
by a strong curiosity, I use my eyes to make contact with
the world around me. Art in various media, both two and
three-dimensional, has been an integral part of my life
has been my primary focus for the past twenty-five years.
My artistic development has paralleled the development
of my career. As a psychoanalyst, art psychotherapist
and visual artist, I am constantly immersed in the world
of emotions, fantasy, dreams and the unconscious mind.
I exist in that borderland world between mental events
and conscious reality. For me, visual media is the best
way to communicate the sensory, non-verbal mental terrain
of my felt history. The goal of my photography has not
only been self-expression, but to evoke in the viewer
a resonance with some of the unspoken and often not-yet-known
internal experiences that lie at a very deep level of
As a photographer, I am more interested in interpretation
than I am in producing faithful representations of the
concrete world around me. I work from an instinctive and
intuitive perspective, attempting to find the balance
between the personal, and a broader aesthetic meaning.
Birth and death are the primal themes of art and life.
The passage of time is an inescapable fact. From conception
onward, we begin our existence driven by a life force
that propels us ever forward. It is an invisible yet tangible
energy that allows us to pass through each day, sometimes
able to embrace love and beauty, as well as be oblivious
to the hidden dangers that are always there. Some dangers
come from the outside and produce physical injury; some
are internal, often caused by those closest to us who
create the deepest and most penetrating wounds imaginable.
An acceptance of this journey and its inevitable end is
a fact of our life cycle.
In the last few years, my inspiration has come directly
from deep emotions, dreams and the unconscious mind. I
am drawn to Surrealism, because the imaginative and creative
use of symbols and metaphors as a mode of communication
allows me the most exploratory freedom. Images that emerge
from the preconscious mind and touch upon the deepest
emotions are often those feelings most of us do not want
to know about, or do no know how to access. Surreal images,
as strange as they are, can resonate enough with a viewer
to open the gate to a myriad of startling associations
and emotions that lead to the hidden and often forbidden
aspects of the familiar.
As I enter the last third of my life, reflections about
this passage are emerging spontaneously in my art. Most
readily accessible to me is an exquisitely felt vulnerability
that has been my constant companion, helping me to make
my way, both professionally and personally, through a
lifetime of joyous celebrations and emotional storms.
In my work and my art, I have primarily focused attention
on the other: the emotions, dreams, fantasies dramas and
the unconscious mind of another person’s life. In
recent years, my artistic attention has shifted to a more
personal, idiosyncratic terrain. The group of photos in
the Still Life Portfolio is part of a continuing project
based on autobiographical impressions.
With this work, it is my hope to generate an intimate
conversation with the viewer, a conversation in which
our human differences dissolve into common ground, and
a place of deeper connection and reflection is created,
where emotions can be identified, respected and thought
I chose black and white film for this project with the
express purpose of using light, it’s presence and
it’s absence, to enhance the emotional impact of