Tova Katzman, a recent graduate from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, wanders through various countries and cultures with a camera in her hand, searching for an intriguing stories to share.
Tova finds photography as an act of searching. She uses this medium to provoke questions, rather than give exact answers. The presented body of work, with a title An Otherwise Fruitless Search documents searching for a lost dove of Tova’s friend, Marie. As the artist herself describes: “I was meeting up with people who posted on Craigslist in the lost and found section about losing something.
Every day for weeks, Marie would search for her dove that flew away earlier that winter. In terms of my own art practice, I could empathize with this relentless yearning to find something, but not knowing what that was, I turned her search into my own. Maybe this was selfish of me, but in the end, a certain clarity came out of my own undefined search. I try to reveal something about human nature and the consistent quest for meaning we are all on. Although the dove remained missing, I loved that Marie was able to recognize a silver lining in her “otherwise fruitless search.”
Through the immense sensitivity of Tova, the story gained a new dimension. The artist translated the situation into a visual storytelling, finally creating enchanting pictures, glittering with its simplicity and admirable range of colors.