Artist Statement

Throughout history, cultures from around the world have expressed some understanding of a spirit, soul, consciousness, energy, inner eternal being, entity, or aura. The photographs I create burst with light and color and are layered with complexity. These images represent the journey of a “spirit” filled with light, dark, color, energy, peace, chaos and most importantly constant change. My work explores life from the human perspective with an emphasis on unifying concepts like mortality, life, spirituality, space, time, nature, and emotion. I endeavor to explore these concepts that unite us as a species. These commonalities affect each of our lives regardless of gender, ethnicity, race, religion, or sexuality. Through abstract cameraless photography, I explore humanity’s contemplation of its own existence, emphasizing the human desire to understand one’s own origins, existence, and purpose, and the complexity enveloping these questions. The abstract images offer an opportunity for open dialog and interpretation, allowing individuals and families to apply my work to their own experiences, beliefs, and journeys in life.

            

While each of us moves through life, encountering the world through unique experiences, there are common experiences that unite us as a human race. My work explores life from the human perspective with an emphasis on humanity’s experiences with the world that surrounds it—unifying concepts like mortality, life, spirituality, space, time, nature, and emotion. I endeavor to explore these concepts that unite us as a species. While we each experience the world uniquely, we are simultaneously united in the human experience. My past projects highlight the emotions we experience, our relationship with nature, and the spaces we inhabit. Currently, I explore humanity’s contemplation of its own existence, emphasizing the human desire to understand one’s own origins, existence, and purpose, and the complexity enveloping these questions.       

Contact:

shellyetow@gmail.com

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