Image courtesy of Kerry Skarbakka
I read about this artist at Cool Hunting, so I will let them describehow he creates this artwork:
Kerry Skarbakka makes images that allow him to let go of it all. To make the photographs in his series “The Struggle to Right Oneself,” he harnesses himself to ropes and pulleys that keep him from hitting the ground. He then photographs himself as he hurls his body off of buildings and cliffs (often repeatedly), and digitally erases the safety devices from the pictures.
And, from his site, he describes a little more in depth about the thinking for this series of pictures:
Heidegger described human existence as a process of perpetual falling, and it is the responsibility of each individual to “catch ourselves” from our own uncertainty. My work is in response to this delicate state. It questions what it means to resist the struggle, to simply let go, and the consequences of holding on. The images stand as reminders that we are all vulnerable to losing our footing and grasp, symbolizing the precarious balancing act between the struggle against our desire to survive and our fantasy to transcend our humanness.
I’d feel differently about this artwork if it were only a performance piece, but the photographs are the most exciting because it captures a moment in time. I recommend at looking at more of these..