Bronze / 2018 / Fine Art / Digitally Enhanced
Still BeatingNarrative Art refers to visual imagery which tells stories, engages the imagination, and
stirs the emotions. These stories transcend culture and are relatable to all. My
photomontage is narrative art which additionally uses magic realism. Magic realism creates
stories which seem both true and believable, but likely are improbable.Using magic realism, “Still Beating” presents narrative imagery about the vitality of all
living things whose survival is challenged. These living things are the embodiment of
contrasts, both weakness of body and strength of emotions. As you hold a wild bird in your
hand, you can feel both its fragile bones contrasted with the fortitude of its beating
heart. And yet such creatures prevail through sheer grit. Witnessing the determination
for survival is a source of hope that the natural world will endure.
Photographer Tom Chambers was raised in the Amish farm country of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Tom completed a B.F.A. in 1985 from The Ringling School of Art, Sarasota, Florida majoring in graphic design with an emphasis in photography. Since 1998 Tom has exhibited photomontage images from ten photographic series both nationally and internationally in twenty three solo exhibitions and over seventy group exhibitions and art fairs. A retrospective book Hearts and Bones, containing images from his first nine series, was published by Unicorn Publishing, London, in 2018.