Lindsey Rast

BIO
My interest in creating art developed as soon as I was able to draw, as my family can attest to remembering my preschool teacher say she had never seen a 3 year old who thought so much about the placement of shapes and colors. Art has been my favorite class throughout school and a constant source of release and expression. I have a general appreciation for all types of art and believe that aesthetic appeal is in the eye of the beholder and thus can truly be found in everything.
The use of abstraction and natural manipulation of light in my work is an extremely prominent element that is the most crucial component in creating the overall feeling I wish to induce through imagery. By transforming the appearance of ordinary subjects through the use of distinct placement of color, angles, focus, and most importantly light I wish to induce in my audience foremost a mixture of pleasure and disquietude in reference to their initial perception of each piece. The confusion thus is followed by a need to think about what they are specifically viewing as far as actual subject matter. While, my pieces are not meant to be understood by immediate cognition of the specific material used as a focus it is important for my work to still hold some connection to reality as to not completely lose the power of a concrete matter. Moreover, this importance of keeping some realistic aspect in sight is the part of the work that most concretely explains the main idea of my concentration. The ability to surpass the process of simply finding aesthetic qualities in everyday encounters and objects by reaching farther into grasping the innumerable ways of viewing the same image is crucial. By applying a limited yet generous amount of techniques of abstraction to the image I capture I aim to force the audience to respond mostly on an aesthetic and emotional level yet truly think about each piece and how the simple objects can be viewed in such a complex way.

〖Concentration Explained〗

The use of abstraction and natural manipulation of light is a prominent element that is a crucial component in my work. By transforming the appearance of ordinary subjects through the use of distinct placement of color, angles, focus, and most importantly light I wish to induce in my audience pondering what they are specifically viewing as far as actual subject matter. While, my pieces are not meant to be understood by immediate recognition of subject, it is important for my work to still hold some connection to reality and the original photographic image. Moreover, this importance of keeping some realistic aspect in sight is the part of the work that most concretely explains the main idea of my concentration. The ability to surpass simply finding aesthetic qualities in everyday encounters and objects and move towards the innumerable ways of viewing the same image is crucial.
By applying a limited yet generous amount of techniques of abstraction to the image I capture of my subjects I aim to force the audience to respond mostly on an aesthetic and emotional level yet truly think about each piece and how the simple objects can be viewed in such a complex way. My work primarily captures subject matter that one would see everyday such as commonplace household items (ex. bicycle, candles) and buildings (ex. houses, strip mall) but in order to emphasize the multitudinous ways which an image may be perceived, as my concentration suggests, certain elements of abstraction are applied. The initial element of abstraction is seen through the various angles and perspectives my images capture. To further manipulate the piece I add colors and contrast to make the colors pop and emphasize the abstraction of the photo.