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Self-taught artist & designer based out of Chicago, IL
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Casiegraphics is currently living in Berlin, London & Munich.
Casie takes much inspiration from nature, the animal kingdom and marine life and drawing such is and always has been her passion. Typically armed with a camera, Casie can often be seen roaming around numerous zoos and aquariums indulging in her passion of photography. By doing this Casie aims to capture and hi-light the natural beauty and pure essence of life in each species (especially the tropical and sweet-water fishes of Asia) which she can later echo in her art. Casie's grandfather who was part of the after war informal art movement in the 40's and 50's in Germany played an instrumental role in her life. The distinct drippy and colourful experimental abstractism of his work is something which Casie has strived to sustain in her own art. Her graphic elements and use of bright colour, drips and bubble style are a result of many years spent experimenting with spray techniques and colour combinations in the graffiti scene. The distinct linear style and papercut technique was specifically developed whilst studying for her degree and this progression can be seen in her publication 'Winged Words' which was an illustrated collection of creature quotations attempting to exhibit the benefits of vegetarianism whilst also attempting to make a broader statement about morality and the treatment of animals by humans. Since her move to Berlin, Casie has moved away from papercut and now works mainly with acrylic, markers, ink, spray cans, canvas and wood. Nothing challenges Casie more than taking an ordinary object and customising it with her artwork transforming it and thus giving it new meaning.
Casiegraphics ultimate aim is to create works of art that depict the realism of the animal kingdom, marine life and their surrounding habitats in a happy, colourful, uplifting and fanciful way whilst still attempting to maintain an urban feel.
Bei meiner Arbeit als Fotokünstler setze ich mich intensiv mit brisanten Themen aus Gesellschaft und Umwelt auseinander. In meinen Werkreihen inszeniere ich diese Themen in neu- und einzigartigen Bildwelten, die mit starken Farben polarisieren, zur Reflexion anregen und einen Sichtwechsel bewirken wollen.
In my work as fine art photographer I earnestly address controversial issues bearing upon pressing social and environmental concerns. In my photo sequences I expose these topics in terms of novel and unique imagery and striking colors, with the aim of polarizing the viewer, stimulating deliberation and evincing a shift in perspective.
My preferred method is paperwork. I’m creating collages by using different kinds of illustrations, such as newspaper, books or calendars. For this handcraft I need good scissors and glue. I’m not using digital processing in my works.
My source of inspiration is life itself. Every encounter means inspiration. To express the vital forces is my intention.
When I start a new work, there is nothing I’m thinking of, no idea. It’s a flow. My intuition is leading me.
When the work is finished, I’m always surprised of the result. It’s a journey.