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How Jada Fabrizio Creates Fictional Realities Based on Memories and Dreams

How Jada Fabrizio Creates Fictional Realities Based on Memories and Dreams

Jada Fabrizio’s staged photographic landscapes are driven by feelings of “solitude, fantasy, and love.” Her film-like images of abandoned houses, trailers, and factories have a dream-like quality with their exaggerated colors and otherworldly lighting. Jada’s recent series, Land, created during a residency in Jersey City, was inspired by the emptiness of New York streets during the pandemic.

Driven by feelings of ‘solitude, fantasy, and love,’ photographer Jada Fabrizio recreates empty landscapes inspired by the pandemic.
‘House on the Hill’

Jada studied at the School of Visual Arts, SUNY New Paltz, and the International Center for Photography in New York. During her residency at the Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation, she built large-scale sets to stage moody scenes incorporating toys and found objects. Her goal is to create fictional realities that encourage viewers to reference past experiences. She considers her work documentary if you include memories and dreams.

“I firmly believe that the human species shares common ground, even though responses to stimuli are triggered by specific personal histories,” Jada says. “That being said, we all (all species) have one thing in common […] we share earth. In this respect, I ask the spectator to bring meaning to the images by adding their own personal histories and experiences to the narrative.”

Jada’s photographs have been featured in Musée Magazine, Split Rock Review, Chaleur, Pikchur, and High Shelf Press. She has exhibited her work in the New York area and throughout the US. As a full-time artist working in a highly competitive environment, she wrestles with concerns about ageism. Her melancholy narratives of life during the pandemic add richness and depth to the creative landscape during these unusual times.

“I firmly believe that the human species shares common ground.” — Jada Fabrizio

Driven by feelings of ‘solitude, fantasy, and love,’ photographer Jada Fabrizio recreates empty landscapes inspired by the pandemic.
‘Derailed’
‘By a Thread’
Driven by feelings of ‘solitude, fantasy, and love,’ photographer Jada Fabrizio recreates empty landscapes inspired by the pandemic.
‘Industry’
Driven by feelings of ‘solitude, fantasy, and love,’ photographer Jada Fabrizio recreates empty landscapes inspired by the pandemic.
‘The Outer Limits’

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All photos published with permission of the artist(s).

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Kirsten Bengtson-Lykoudis

Kirsten Bengtson-Lykoudis is a writer, photographer, and former New York Gallery Director based in Washington, D.C. She has an M.F.A. in Fine Art and an undergraduate degree in Russian Literature. She speaks five foreign languages and is currently in a Masters of Non-Fiction Writing Program at John Hopkins University.

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