Artist Angela Deane isn’t afraid of ghosts. According to her, they live among and within us. “I see memories as ghosts,” she explained, from her home in Baltimore. “Ghosts that travel with us as past experiences—moments from our lives.”
Deane’s spellbinding series of painted found pictures, “Ghost Photographs” (2012–19), embodies this concept. In one piece, she’s painted semi-translucent white cloaks onto five figures from a December 1965 snapshot; as a result, five little ghosts gather close together around a birthday cake, piped with white and pink frosting. Others show jaunty spirits lying supine on beaches, floating languidly in turquoise pool water, standing triumphantly atop mountains, or huddled together while spinning on Disneyland’s Teacup ride.