Today we’d like to introduce you to Talaina Kor.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I grew up in a small rural town in Arizona and was given a camera at the age of 15 from the local newspaper where my mom worked as a reporter. Soon after I became interested in photo manipulation and began teaching myself how to use Photoshop by experimenting with the software and watching YouTube tutorials. By learning how to work editing software and cameras on my own, I was able to create my own unique style.
After high school, I attended the School of the Art Institute in Chicago to learn more about photography and art in general. When I returned to Arizona, my work evolved into a more solid style of surreal and often macabre works of art.
Please tell us about your art.
My current project, Color Study, began in 2016 as an exploration of the relationship between colors and how they express the messages within a photograph. In this study, I experiment with non-traditional lighting devices such as laptop screens, glow sticks, LEDs and even Christmas lights to create each piece. Combining these lighting tools with photo manipulation resulted in a series filled with rich colors that express the values of light and dark, giving the feeling that the images are radiating light rather than absorbing it. Although each piece is very different, they make a cohesive whole with the style of highly saturated colors and surreal themes.
Creating these works allow me to express my emotions and thoughts, as well as act as a type of therapy which has helped greatly in dealing with depression. Through them address my fears of the unknown pertaining to the physicality of the human body as well as human consciousness, which has been in the forefront of my thinking since the passing of a close friend two years ago. I hope when seeing these photos, people will rethink how they view everyday life and the vessels we find ourselves in.
We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
Social media is a great way to connect with fellow artists. Growing up in a small town, the only connection I had with other artists was over Instagram and photography-based websites such as Flickr. Although these are great outlets, making personal connections are also important. I met many artist friends in art school and socializing at events centered around art. It is important to put yourself out there.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
People can see all of my works on my website at www.talainakor.com. I also sell prints of all of my artwork and sometimes work on commission.
- Website: www.talainakor.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/talainakor/
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