(The Bride Revisited ) has been an ongoing process, which successfully marries both form and content. It is a deconstruction of something, which has been lost, and an acknowledgement of that which is broken. From far away, the work appears as circles and flowers forming a fantastic garden, but upon closer inspection, they are revealed to be mandalas: ancient Buddhist and Hindu circular symbols. The Swiss psychologist Carl Jung referred to them as “representations of the self”. These mandalas take form as a blooming construction, similar to the unfolding petals of a flower, and are configured entirely of repeated fragmented images of failed brides.
This project began when Mercedes Gertz visited a recently divorced friend -- she had referred to her old wedding photographs as “the most beautiful pieces of trash”. This began a 17-year odyssey where Gertz began collecting her now divorced friends’ and acquaintances’ discarded bridal portraits. In collaboration with artist Nancy Louise Jones, these shapes got worked from the collages to digital images to reconstruct a new symbolic landscape out of the detritus of the white wedding’s broken promise.
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