Being Human: Life Through the Eyes of Artists
Being Human: Life Through the Eyes of Artists is an examination of the artistic world. Using environmental portraiture and oral histories, this work explores the human condition as described by a diverse collection of creative individuals. Through layering of the individual’s likeness, creative production, and workspace, I capture their worldly experience in one image.
Spurred by my own experiences as an artist and my research on art and the human condition, this project highlights the way creators view the world. As a generally quiet, studious individual, I found a way to use my observations of the world to connect with others. Through these connections I developed a fascination with people’s histories and worldviews that led to the pursuit of the Being Human project.
In Being Human, I give a voice to the diversity of artistic backgrounds and practices. I ask my audience to embrace the diversity of the art world and to value all of its creators, not just those whose work hangs in a gallery or museum.
Katelyn Edwards is a photographer from Riverside, California. She will receive her Bachelor of Science in studio art from Bradley University in May 2020. Throughout her education she explored a variety of artistic mediums, but her true passion is photography. While she works primarily as a digital creator, she enjoys trying new processes and embraces any opportunity to expand her knowledge of photographic processes and techniques. Her photographic interests include environmental portraiture and the beauty of the natural landscape. In her recent work, Being Human: Life through the Eyes of Artists, Edwards examines the human condition through portraits and oral histories of artists. In 2017, Edwards was awarded the Purchase Prize at the Society For Photographic Education’s Juried Exhibition, Water.
To view more of Katelyn's work, check out: www.katelynedwards.com