I used to have two cats ( who now live with Mr. Forager’s mom ). One of said cats, Simon, used to occasionally turn his back on me and just sit very still, and at those times, there was a sense of sadness that always seemed permeate the scene. But then he would suddenly start chasing the sunlight or stretch out for a long nap. London photographer Elisa Noguera Lopez creates a similar sense of isolated moments in her series, Perhaps Finally Alone.
In this series, the artist places domesticated animals against a simple decorative background atop a plinth-like stool. Capturing her subjects in ambiguous, seemingly-headless poses creates a sense of lonely disquiet to each scene. Their backs to us, the subjects are disengaged, leaving us longing for acknowledgement.
While the scenes may feel lonely at first, the longer I study them, the more of an anticipatory feeling I get.. the cat is watching a lizard on the floor below, ready to pounce at any second.. the woman has just flipped her head upside down and will whip it back up Rita Hayworth-style.
What do you think, Artsies? Do you find these headless bodies charming or disturbing? Let me know in the comments! To see more of Elisa Noguera Lopez’s work, please visit her website.
All images are via the artist’s website. Artist found via It’s Nice That.