chris sallquist Artist artworks for sale
Artist: chris sallquist
Live in: Seattle, WA, United States
Artworks for sale: 36.00
chris sallquist Artist Bio:
Ten years ago I was depressed, restless and in a job that didn't suit me. I was making great money, I had a promising career path in front of me and I was working with really creative people. But I wasn't following my calling. And I was miserable. So I quit my job. And spent the next ten years working in jobs that were equally unsatisfying to me. But that unrest fueled my creative energies and in that time I wrote a novel, produced three separate podcast series and wrote and performed a one-man comedy show. But I still couldn't shake the feeling that I wasn't doing what I'm meant to do with my life. Then I started shooting and editing photos on my iPhone, and posting them to Instagram. They were pretty standard shots of street art, landscapes and a few featuring a thumb resting on a sharp knife. Fairly unremarkable. One night before bed I shot a photo of a magazine page on my nightstand. I bent and warped the page so the composition was unique from the original. The result was interesting, so I kept at it. Three years later I call the technique ARTS MASHING. I shoot photos of pages from fashion magazines torn and mashed together in new, previously unimagined compositions. My images can be odd, disturbing, subtle and provocative. They depict people caught in intimate moments of vulnerability, shame, lust, anger and peace. In my artists statement I say that each piece reveals the unseen stories that lurk beneath the beautiful facade of the people featured in fashion magazines across cultures. And that these stories have always been there, but no one has revealed them until now. What I don't say is that with ARTS MASHING I finally feel like I'm doing what I'm supposed to do with my life - make art.