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Kalliope Amorphous
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  • New York, NY
  • United States
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Kalliope Amorphous


Kalliope Amorphous is an artist whose primary body of work has evolved into an exploration of the conceptual self-portrait photograph as a catalyst for exploring ideas of identity, gender, archetype and myth. Her work ranges from interpretations of pre-existing iconography to compositions meant purely to provoke and challenge perceptions and first impressions.


Self-taught in photography, Kalliope takes an intuitive approach to composition and lighting and works without the aid of professional lighting or studio equipment. Makeup, costuming, photography, and post processing are all self-created.


Kalliope is a recipient of the 2010 Julia Margaret Cameron award for self-portraiture photography. She has exhibited and published her work throughout the United States and internationally. 



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At 4:28 on December 22, 2010, Hratch Israelian said…
Your collection has some fantastic images I love them
At 22:43 on April 18, 2010, Pedro Uhart said…
Très beau travail
At 2:46 on February 18, 2010, Terry said…
Love that list of heroes.
Stay independent.
At 18:56 on February 15, 2010, Anton Dolders said…
I like the ethereal nature of your work. It portrays people lost in nature and the elements. The viewa are hazy and create a serene feeling. Thanks, great work
At 14:10 on January 25, 2010, moira said…
Fine art-very mythological I may add-calliope was the muse of epic poetry.

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Kalliope Amorphous is a visual artist working with conceptual and experimental self portrait photography. Using her own image as a prop to create the protagonists of her stories, Kalliope is the model, stylist and photographer of all of her images. Through the self portrait, she explores the fluid nature of identity, myth and archetype.

Self-taught in photography, Kalliope creates her own alternative processes and methodologies using handmade and alternative lighting as well as experimenting with textiles, surfaces and in-camera distortion techniques.

She has received worldwide recognition for her work in creative self-portraiture. Her photographs have been published and exhibited throughout the United States and internationally.
About my artwork
Rather than approaching self-portraiture from an autobiographical perspective, I push the boundaries of what I define as “self” and “other” by playing with ideas of identity, gender, archetype, emotion and the visual interpretations and possibilities that exist within them. I do not consider myself a photographer, but rather an artist and storyteller using the camera as a tool to create.

I can more deeply explore my conceptual ideas by embracing the roles of both photographer and subject. I am continually drawn to concepts involving the subconscious, alienation, time, memory, transcendence and surrealism. Other sides of my work explore my love of paradox and the juxtaposition of light and dark, beauty and beast.

Most of my photographs use experimental in-camera methods, mirror distortions, modified lenses and handmade attachments such as the stroboscope. I enjoy creating unique ways to express the intangible realms of emotions, thoughts, poetry, dreams and nightmares.
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