By Katelyn Stanley
oil pastel and acrylic paint on stretched canvas
While subject matter is surely important, engagement with the process of photography is equally formative of my creative practice. My digital self-portraiture works are distorted in color and are manipulated. Both my analog and digital photography are formed with emotional chaos and anxiety. In their final form, my photographs emit euphoria as negative energy that has been transformed into a visual representation. My current art practice consists of printing in a darkroom and combining acrylic paint and oil pastel in a series of expressionistic skeletons. These skeletons represent my fear of death as a child and the extreme anxiety-induced episodes I would experience when the topic came to mind. My paintings are painted on recycled materials such as screen print boards and used, thrown out canvases.
About the Artist
My decision to work in photography began in my first semester of undergrad at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill when I took an introductory class to Darkroom. Since graduating in 2020 with a B.F.A., I have continued to work with analog photography and have recently explored painting. I am a graduate student at Radford University working towards my M.F.A. with the aspiration of teaching higher education.