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Corinne  Geertsen
Might As Well Dance
PHOTOGRAPHY editions in 2 sizes
31 x 25 x 1 in


"This is a picture about love and about being realistic. I began with several photos of Vernon and Irene Castle dancing. I wanted to make a picture about losing our forests to fire. And about resiliency.

The couple poses in front of a backdrop of sunny Niagara Falls, held up by blue doves – a nod to the helpful birds of Cinderella. This could be the dancers' wedding photo. If you look behind the backdrop you’ll see their forest has burned.

The flower field in from of the falls is from Montana, where I grew up. Their antlers are intertwined. This could have very bad results, but I think these two will be just fine. Might as well dance.

We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. – Nietzche" -CG

Geertsen's images are quirky visual narratives about psychological predicaments. They pull a lot of subconscious strings. The pictures are photo composites, printed with archival ink on archival photo paper in small editions. She works from my expanding library of over 20,000 images. Often she will paint something, photograph it and add it in digitally.
The pictures lean toward surrealism, as they have odd juxtapositions, non sequiturs, and an element of surprise. Geertsen's intent is to psychologically engage and delight. She sees a lot of humor and psychology in the nature of life and both inform her pictures.
The characters are usually Geertsen's family ancestors. "I'm on a constant photographic scavenger hunt, outfitting them with backdrops, sidekicks and belongings" she says. She gravitates towards pictorial elements that are symbolically loaded. Symbolism brings in associations particular to the psychology of the person viewing the picture. The pictures are completed when seen.

Corinne Geertsen is represented exclusively in Santa Fe at POP Gallery. Contact us directly for availability and pricing at 505.820.0788 or email

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