Untitled, from "The Others"
My favorite thing about the internet is serendipity. Click here, click there, and the next thing you know you're scrolling down the gallery of an 18-year-old photographer whose artistic sensibility seems equal parts 1970s fashion magazine, pre-Raphaelite fairy tale, and Sigur Ros music video. Lovely young women are hardly an original topic, but Tiberio's work seems to catch a disquieted, ambivalent undertone to the beauty. Is it ambivalence about the artifice of fashion, about aging, about one's own body and sexuality? I have no idea, but I'm interested. Then there's the unapologetic uses of double exposures and other special effects: naive, or knowing?
Whether you take them as winsomely romantic, retro-hipster, or a little bit sinister, there's a lot going on in Tiberio's surreal scenes. Thanks to their photographer's relative obscurity (so far), Tiberio's photos are like mysterious illustrations from a diary written in another language. They reflect back (and distort) the viewer's own guesses and speculations. I hope we see a lot more art from Tiberio and her peers in the future - I'm just waiting for whatever's after lowbrow, and maybe this is it. In the meantime, check out her website and flickrstream and tumblr. Tiberio also recently won a contest sponsored by H&M to design a t-shirt.
Thanks to my friend Greg for the find (specifically, for re-sharing someone's post about Jordan's flickrstream to his Google+ feed. Now doesn't that sound 2011?)