I find it difficult to acknowledge how ubiquitous cancer has become in affecting the families and friends of so many. I grew up knowing several cancer survivors, their strength and resilience always an inspiration. Organizations like the JCM Foundation continue to raise awareness, fund research and give us hope. As an artist focused on humanitarian welfare, I am honored to be a part of ArtCAN 2016.
Lady Bouley is a traveling photographer who finds inspiration in discovering unique environments and exploring the depths of those she meets along the way. A recent trip led her through Asia where she had the extraordinary opportunity to volunteer as a photographer for a Nepalese NGO, United Nepal. Bouley's current body of work documents this humanitarian experience, in addition to an ongoing self-reflective narrative. Having returned to the States, she works as a personal assistant for the world-renowned video artist, Mika Rottenberg, while continuing to develop her individual projects. Bouley graduated from Georgia Perimeter College in 2015, with an Associate of Arts degree in Visual Art and the highest honors designation. She continued her photographic studies at Mahidol University in Thailand, learning under esteemed documentary photographer Jack Picone. Bouley's works have appeared in multiple student art shows receiving several awards and accolades. She is also a member of WCAGA (Women's Caucus of Art of Georgia) and displayed her work in the 2015 group show, Mark. Artist Statement I grew up quickly'”driven by rebellion and fueled by freedom. Unwilling to follow a conventional path toward adulthood, I've spent the last six years traveling, allowing my curiosities to lead me around the world. On a recent backpacking trip through Asia, I focused my artistic intention on what has become the most prolific period in my career thus far. Stylistically, my photography is a blend of documentary and fine art, sprouting from an empathic and politically charged core. I use my lens with the intention of adding momentum to conversations relating to human rights, sexuality, societal values, alternative lifestyles, and environmental issues. In addition to photographing international communities, I also document my own life as a solo female traveler. I enjoy discussing the complexities of life, sharing vulnerabilities, celebrating achievements, and hearing new perspectives. This type of honest communication inspires me as both an artist and conversationalist. My upcoming project, to be announced in early 2017, aims to cultivate these types of intimate conversations in local communities.