Kacie Pruiksma '17
The related concepts of the abstract and the sublime pushed the direction of my photography to points I had not considered before. Every day I am challenged to look through my lens to find new discoveries. I now look for textures, and how line shape and color fill the frame. Abstraction, begins with something real—an object, a scene, a figure—and depicts it in a way that somehow separates from reality, in order to provoke emotion. This decontextualization allows the viewer to see line, shape, color, and texture for their own beauty. I want the to be overwhelmed with color, depth, and texture. I wanted the viewer to feel the sublime. Burke’s definition includes darkness and scale. My photos are printed at a scale that contributes to the viewer’s feeling of being overwhelmed. I am drawn to these mysterious emotions and hope to provoke these emotions through my images, as well as drawing out emotion in through color.
“Photography is more than a means of recording the obvious. It is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving.”- Aaron Siskind