written by Lexi Jude
Creepy crestfallen analog photography that transports you to a more chilling reality that is the work of the visual artist and photographer Aryhadne Sarda.
Her mind is always full of stories to be told, always fascinated with nature, witchcraft, and occultism. There was a time in her life that she was lost but sadly, or luckily, she has lived things that other people can not imagine, and that's why she does show this kind of mysterious atmosphere through her work.
Her artistic work started when her mother died. There was something inside of her stomach that she had to get out, or would end with her. Her artistic expression was an outlet for her to release the mental weight of her trauma and experiences into a more poetic and complex narrative form.
“I was in a kind of limbo for two long years,” said Sarda. “Fed with depression and grief, but that helped me to reconnect to myself and create, especially to create.”
For her, creating is a vital necessity. She is always taking notes and imagining stories and images. She consumes so much art on the Internet, and that makes her be continuously inspired and with enough imagination to non-stop. Like most artist of this time, a lot of inspiration can be found through different social media platforms and the art communities formed there. This goes for Sarda too. Historically, her work is inspired by the ancient times, such as Victorian Era, Romanticism, Greco-Roman mythology, and the entire underground metal scene.
She chose photography because it gave her the ease that allows her to express what she feels in my mind and turn into reality through conceptual imagery. Years ago, she used to paint and draw, but she thought she was so mediocre that she was never satisfied with the results. She never got to capture the concepts she wanted to express through other art mediums. She found that photography was a more suited practice to tend to her artistic needs and aspirations as an artist.
She found something about the analog process alluring.
“I must say that is pure magic, and I am in love with it, I feel like an alchemist when I'm in the laboratory, and I love it.”
“It's the best way to do it, get out of the box, shed the fear and the prejudice,” said Sarda. “We are what we are, and we are here with a purpose, and we are not going to hide, because it is ridiculous and because the world could be losing something really good from ourselves.” She goes on to discuss the reality of the inner-struggle she faces to show herself without the mask, but once you do it, you feel better about yourself, and it becomes a positive personal work. That through the fragile vulnerability there is a bold statement to be heard, in this case, mental health-related for Sarda.
“I was afraid of what the important people of my life were going to think about me,” said Sarda. “But it had a good reception and helped many people to understand me. It’s something that I appreciate infinitely.”
That after all was the most challenging thing for her at the beginning of her artistic practice, showing herself in such an intimate way. She learned a lot from herself through the vulnerability and the honest examination of her work. She would go on to analyze a work recalling why she did a something a certain way or how she felt at that time she created it to get a different perspective. Hoping that she and others will have emotions and experiences relating to the subject matters she depicts be acknowledged and discussed, and not be indifferent when they stand in front of the work.