La Jeune Martyre by AMBER DENISON & KERISA DENISON
Working with Amber and Kerisa Denison immediately made sense to us. Our paths parallel each other; from our unconventional childhoods, to spending our formative years studying and aquiring experience internationally. Yet ultimately we are all strongly rooted to our family and story in the forested mountains of the Interior. The twin's work span sculptor, dance, perfomance and design. Their series La Jeune Martyre is haunting, serene, and embodies the permanence of our pieces.
What inspires you as a visual artist?
We are both very visual in general and are often inspired by things like symmetry, patterns and colors in nature, or the silhouettes of a city…but our biggest influence is other artists and their work. It’s encouraging and exciting to see an artist take an idea and create something that is innovative and unique. It inspires and motivates us to keep generating work, while reminding us of our own potential.
How does dance contribute to your art?
We have always loved dance but only started studying ballet on and off for about two years. Not only is it a form of meditation for us, but it has taught us that we can achieve almost anything with time and effort. That has been a huge lesson for us; believing in ourselves and not allowing doubt to hold us back, both in work and life.
What other mediums do you work in?
Visual art such as painting, drawing and metal sculptures is our main focus however we love many realms of art such as, singing, design, interior design, performing….We get bored easily, so experimenting with different art forms helps us stay driven to be constantly creating.
Who are your role models?
We look up to people who strive to be the greatest version of themselves. Being around people who are self-aware and are doing their best to live through compassion and kindness is what we admire most in others.
What inspired you to create the photo and video series you submitted?
The beautiful dark-turquoise of the pool along with the textural, moody quality of water is what initially inspired us. We loved the stark silver jewelry in contrast with the rich color of the water paired with the flowing white fabric of the skirt.
What is the story behind your project?
We found a run-down house in West Hollywood which also had a pool that was still being maintained. Initially we thought to shoot inside the house, but we couldn't resist the colors and the fluidity of the water. The color and composition reminded us of Paul Delaroche’s painting “La Jeune Martyre” which translates to The Young Martyr- our project’s namesake. This led to create images we felt were slightly haunting; like a trapped energy or spirit waiting and drifting. She became a character who had been left behind or forgotten, wading and floating in her own hopelessness.
Why do you consider yourself an artistic ally of WOLF + SADIE?
W+S’s artistry and high-level quality, not just in their products but the brand as a whole, is something we really look up to and respect. We truly admire WOLF + SADIE and feel honored to have been asked to do this look book for them as it has personally been one of our most rewarding projects.
What is it about Ancestors that you want reflected in your work?
We wanted to create images that reflected timelessness and antiquity. Images that were dramatic, palpable and distinctly beautiful, everything we associate with W + S and the Myths of Ancestors collection.
Kerisa had a very unconventional childhood growing up on an organic farm with an innately creative family. After years of exploring the world and various jobs, she enrolled in an art-based fashion program at University of the Arts London which set her on her path as a visual artist. Once returning from the UK, Kerisa and her twin sister moved to Los Angeles to explore and pursue art, music, dance, modeling, film and design. She have been living in and loving LA for three years now, involved with a wide array of various creative projects such as set/costume design, modeling and theatre.
Amber Denison has been working professionally as an artist since 2009. She studied Fine Arts at the University of British Columbia. This led her to working with metal using a tool called a plasma-cutter. After moving to Vancouver, Amber started selling her work through freelance commissions and small art sales. She participated in group art shows with galleries across British Columbia and started collaborating with an interior designer in Palm Beach, Florida. After living in Huatulco, Mexico for two years, Amber moved to Los Angeles in 2012-where she currently resides. She has worked on a short film with her sister as creative directors and has also worked on photoshoots as a stylist, model/photographer and creative director. She continues her work and exploration of multi-media art throughout the US and Canada.