You talked about working within restrictions and such with things like using natural lighting over studio settings. Can you talk about your go with the flow style approach to art?
I come from a graphic design background. When I have way too many options I tend to get completely overwhelmed, but when I am under restriction, I think that gets my mind moving. I like to think of myself as a problem solver so having guidelines actually makes me more creative.
I do not do photography to get images to paint with. I do photography for my photography expression and if an image sticks out to me, I use it for my art. I feel like that is when it happens naturally.
When it comes to starting a painting, I pretty much start with white or black and go from there. I like to think of myself as an experimental artist where I am always trying to play with new techniques, different mediums, and just mess around with it. Due to that nature, I mess around quite a lot and mess up even harder. Most of the time I am like “welp, this is a piece of shit” and don’t care if I mess up, so then I do something and I like it and then I’m like “ I love this piece”. It’s like that artist meme and it hits home so hard:
This is awesome,
I am awesome.
Can you explain how you started using screen printing as a means to enhance your photography art?
I have always had a love for portraits. Every time I painted I just saw a big face on it. I tried different methods of transferring an image or even just hand painting a portrait but it wasn’t until I screened that it really came to life for me.
I played with resin art awhile ago and what I loved and hated about it was the fact that you couldn’t control it. I have so much control with what I do that I wanted to just let go. That also drove me bonkers but every time would lead to a different result. I one day was like “maybe I should screen on this because it would be a sweet background”. I didn’t know how to screen at that point so I made some terrible homemade thing and kind of figured it out. I found some image on the internet (not even thinking about using my own) and made a screen. I had just finished a photoshoot with one of my favorite models and was like “Wow, that was stupid, Addison, use your own”. That’s kinda where the idea came from.