Kaitrin Acuna

 

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Personal Statement

I grew up in a house where trees far outnumbered neighbors, and it was a twenty-minute drive to get to the nearest store. As a child, my favorite thing was to spend afternoons in the  forest behind my house, and wonder if the fairytales my grandmother told me were true.

My other work is rooted in the idea of fantasy within the familiar home space, backyard, or landscape. Most recently, I have begun a series that uses these visuals to create empowering images of sexual misconduct survivors. Adults will look at these images and understand the narrative. Young girls will look at these images and see women portrayed as warriors. 

I am captivated by the idea of taming the ephemeral, and many of the characters portrayed in my work do just that: collecting cumulous clouds, training clouds to make tea, grasping moonlight pouring in through a window. Much of my work is self-portraiture, but it is always the goal for viewers to see this character as a loved one, or perhaps themselves. Many viewers will see pieces of their own favorite fairytales or childhood musings. 

All of my images are meticulously crafted by piecing together between three and thirty parts of other images. I design the set or choose the location, shoot the objects and subjects, and create the final project using photoshop. 

Over the past several years, I have been fortunate to receive over a dozen artist grants and awards to support my work.


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