The VC Art Gallery: A series of articles showcasing the work of VoiceCatcher6 artists. Each artist shares her work, her sources of inspiration, the “why and how” of what she does, and a challenge for you to use her work as a springboard for your own. We hope this series will prompt a lively dialogue between and among authors and artists that will expand creativity possibilities for everyone.
Curated by April Bullard
Tina Tran lives in Vancouver, Washington with her turtles Speedy and Speedo. She is pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photomedia at the University of Washington. She enjoys making greeting cards and sampling caesar salads and clam chowders at various restaurants in the area.
Tina began her photography with a Canon xti digital camera. She recently upgraded to a Canon 7d and traditional analog film. “I take photos of bed sheets, raindrops, eyes, and many mundane objects to create another perspective. I ultimately want the audience to be more aware of their surroundings and appreciate what is here with us, right now.” She uses names to title her work. “I refer to them as people and name them based on their personalities and temperament.”
“Shannyn” “This was actually a friend of mine named Shannyn and she has the most gorgeous shade of brown eyes. My work plays a lot with perspective and I wanted to explore eyes in a series that I recently did.”
“seanshawn IV” This is one piece from a series of rain drops on any window surface. “There was someone in my class named Sean and I thought the photo really fit the name. I enjoyed spelling the name Shawn, but his correct spelling was Sean, so I put them together. My reasoning for the series was to capture Vancouver/Seattle at its best. Sometimes the rain is bait dreary, but it can also be calm and relieving at the same time.”
“wade” This one of a series of bedsheets that is currently unnamed. “I’m especially partial to lazy Sunday mornings. I wanted to capture moments in the morning when you can really relax and enjoy lying in your warm bed.” The bedsheet series and the seanshawn series go hand in hand.
Tina is looking forward to graduating with her BFA, and considers pursuing an MFA. She plans to be involved with curating and showing in art galleries. She hopes to have her own gallery a few years down the road.
Tina’s photos “undersV” and “seanshawnII” are published in VoiceCatcher6.
The artist challenge:
When you study Tina’s work, what do you feel? What do you see? Do any prompt stories or poems or artwork of your own? Please share them with the VC community by posting your writing in the comments box.