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The Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma
By Maggie Steber

"Over a lifetime we accumulate experiences that end up being like wallpaper in a house where our subconscious resides. The Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma holds the photographs on that wallpaper, made in the shadows of a dark side of me that I have, as of late, begun to re-explore." - Maggie Steber
Without meaning to make them so, these photographs reveal my fears and most private memories: my fear of knives, the dark figure that chased and often stabbed me in my dreams from early childhood to middle-age, my spiritual beliefs, my longings and love and all the other things that are wrapped up, not always so neatly, in someone’s life. In the Secret Garden there is danger but also beauty in a wild jungle that has been growing unfettered. The photographs address every experience I have had in an exterior world but are now being re-interpreted in my interior landscape.I credit Lily, my alter ego, with taking the pictures. What might Miss. Lily sees."
The Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma is a provocative photographic sequence by artist Maggie Steber. Steber, a 2017 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, was awarded this prestigious grant for The Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma, an ongoing series that embodies Steber’s subconscious captured by her alter-ego, Lily LaPalma. The stunning color photographs, reveal the depth and mystery that lies beyond the artist’s psyche, while creating an irresistible allure. The series also reflects countless influences from Steber’s life, dating back to her childhood. The Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma represents a complete reinvention for Steber, a striking departure from their extensive documentary photography body of work.

Maggie Steber's prints are available for purchase.
Visit Leica Gallery Los Angeles to view her collection.

The Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma by Maggie Steber

07/30/2020 - 01/31/2021
Leica Gallery Los Angeles