You may have noticed the wonderful photographs SFCP has been using for its brochures, but you might have missed that they are the work of SFCP’s member, Lee Grossman. Dr. Grossman, we would like to thank you for your generosity and for allowing us the use of your photographs for SFCP’s promotional materials.
Artist Statement: The Psychopathography of Everyday Life
(This artist statement was copied from Dr. Grossman’s website)
When people hear that I am a photographer, they often ask what I take pictures of. I am a little embarrassed to say that I am always stumped by that question. I keep hoping someone will look at my work and tell me. Here is what I have come up with so far: Art, psychoanalysis and humor – three of my major interests – all involve seeing the ordinary in new and unexpected ways. In this sense all art is accidental and all art is found art. From a psychoanalytic perspective, that is just a way of saying that in art as in everything else, unconscious processes trump conscious intention. Stephen King put it nicely: “So-called higher thought is, by and large, highly overrated. When trouble comes and steps have to be taken, I find it’s generally better to just stand aside and let the boys in the basement do their work.” I try to see the mysterious in the mundane, the way a child sees. I am intrigued by the underground, the inner workings, and the world behind the closed door, as well as the doors and fences and barriers that keep me apart from something I want. The same interests led me to become a psychoanalyst. I am lucky to be able to do both.