ArtTalk: Local photographer uses light to complement her subjects

Friday, March 21, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CDT
Using lighting techniques to photograph a flower.

The Columbia Missourian is re-launching a project called ArtTalk with the goal of celebrating and discussing local art and artists. To submit one yourself, fill out the form at the bottom of the story.

This story was contributed by Missourian reader Elena Plackis.

Q: What kind of art do you create? Tell us about your medium and style.

A: Painting, photography and recently sculpture. This is some of my work on a project about the way that light can be used to describe a photographic subject. They are meant to allude to the unknown while aesthetically complementing the subject.

Q: What is it that inspires you? And why do you create art?

A: Leonardo da Vinci wrote, "He who can copy can do." Vasily Kandinsky believed that art is the soul. Vincent Van Gogh emphasized its impassioned emotions. Marcel Duchamp questioned the identity of the artistic object.

Art is perceptional, spiritual, emotional — arbitrary. By surveying few of the most influential artists throughout time on the topic of artistic purpose, the expansive concept of art remains ambiguously undefined. The necessary course of action in answering this grand question is the resolution of a grand answer.

Art is the imposition of one's will upon an entity, and therefore a product or trace of one's self. To create is to acknowledge creation through participation. Art is a tangible, external response to simply being.

Q: Can your work be found around the community (or has it been in the past)? If so, where?

A: MU Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, February 2014.

Q: What sets you or your work apart from other artists?

A: "The role of the artist, like that of the scholar, consists of seizing current truths often repeated to him, but which will take on new meaning for him and which he will make his own when he has grasped their deepest significance" Henri Matisse, "Notes of a Painter," 1908.

Please consider sharing your own submission using the form below.

This story is part of a section of the Missourian called From Readers, which is dedicated to your voices and your stories. We hope you'll consider sharing. Supervising editor is Joy Mayer.

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