ADRIEN

PADILLA

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DANCE   &   PHOTOGRAPHY

ARTIST STATEMENT

      When I have trouble expressing my experiences through words, I go to movement and allow myself to become vulnerable to my audience and myself in order to rebuild myself. As a choreographer, my works are inspired by a sense of pathos and storytelling. Most of my dances are inspired by an emotion, a memory, or an experience that has impacted me. In many cases, my work process acts as my own movement therapy. My dances consist of components that allow me to heal/reflect on those specific moments of my past; this is my way of expressing who I am within each chapter of my life. I see my dances as existing in the real world, as they reflect on emotions and experience people can relate to themselves. As long as my audience is able to experience an emotion or channel a similar experience while watching my choreography, I would say I have done my job as an artist.

      Aside from dance expressing my artistry and being, I use photography as another mean of presenting myself.  My approach through the lens allows me to illustrate my interest of pathos and storytelling conceptually. Since photography is still, I am challenged with developing my idea in one gesture as opposed to many through motion. Similar to dance, I use photography as a way of healing. Both art forms contain qualities of movement, story, and emotion, and i appreciate how they allow me to channel my opinions, feelings, and insecurities when words cannot.