Electron Salon, 2018

I originally applied to the Spring 2018 International Juried Exhibition at LACDA, the LA Center for Digital Art. It was curated by Leigh Gleason, Curator of Collections at the California Museum of Photography. My work was not selected for this show.

A few weeks later, though, the gallery director, Rex Bruce, emailed and invited me to participate in the Electron Salon, April, 2018. “You were selected based your submissions for competition(s) or Snap to Grid as being among the best that were contributed.” OK, that felt really good to read.

Electron Salon: April 12 – May 5, 2018

Reception: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Los Angeles Center for Digital Art
104 East Fourth St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Artwork Statement:

These images are part of a nude self portrait series exploring an aging woman’s body as I decide it’s time to show up as I am, wherever I am. These two images further explore the “scarf” as a tool for comfort and hiding. I am currently 65; these images were taken in 2017, age 64. Take in the same location, I find it curious that the energy or the messages to me in these images are related, compatible. The visual of a birthing canal, the discussion with one of my elders at sunset, serving as both brackets on a lifetime as well as a microcosm of the daily renewal that is available for the taking.

Always weird on the inside despite my outer appearances, I am loving this rebirth at an age that is considered to be “retirement” from one’s main life focus. Instead, I’m launching my 8th so-called career, as a conceptual artist. My photos come with poems, sharing my love of words as well as visuals.


Self-portrait, Roxanne Darling, Drone Photography in Quartzite, AZ
I AM: Rocking my rebirth at Quartzite, 2017
Self-portrait, Roxanne Darling, Drone Photography in Quartzite, AZ

I AM: Rocking my rebirth at Quartzite

Portals of power
day by day they push us out.
To where? No one knows.

What seems painful
becomes art.
The art of becoming oneself.
A true cliché.


Self-portrait, Roxanne Darling, Drone Photography in Quartzite, AZ
I AM: Discussing age with a saguaro at sunset, 2017
Self-portrait, Roxanne Darling, Drone Photography in Quartzite, AZ

I AM: Discussing age at sunset with a saguaro

I learn, the saguaro stands still,
singular and self-contained
for up to 90 years
before growing an arm.

I mention, that
I’ve often felt like a puppet,
too many arms tangling
in things I don’t really care about.

Sun setting.
Tucking my arms in.
Still standing.


Enjoy a few photos form the opening, Los Angeles, April 14, 2018

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