The photographs were taken in Europe at a small café.
“I mean, [Luís Filipe Branco] shoots beautiful photographs. Some of them just have power,” she said. Wiggins and Branco have been creating art together for more than 10 years.
“After doing these photoshoots, I often wait a couple of months to actually do the editing because the images kind of almost need to breathe, and I need to have a perspective on them,” Wiggins said.
Wiggins, who has a background in sculpting, sized up the photographs so that viewers could relate to them on a particular scale. The photographs are first printed as small proofs.
Dressing up like Eve, Salome, Helen of Troy and Sappho for her work was fun, Wiggins said, but the series was also an opportunity for her to learn about history from her “older feminist self.” She explored how these women may have been mispresented or mistreated in a misogynistic way.
Although Wiggins appears glamorous and dressed up in the photos, she made it a point not to hide her 68 years.
“I think that’s the point is that we can be proud, we can be seen as older women, older men, [and] not [let] people make you feel invisible,” she said.
The exhibit “Aging Bodies, Myths and Heroines,” featuring Wiggins and Branco’s work, is free and open to the public until Feb. 28, 2024 at East Window Gallery in Boulder.
Lindsey Ford is a multimedia journalist at Rocky Mountain PBS. Lindseyford@rmpbs.org.