From: Tennessee, US
Based in: Tennessee, US
Main Artistic Themes: Body, Disease
Craig’s work mainly focuses on identity through the lens of disease. She explores creating a new photographic and painterly narrative through experimental scientific processes.
Craig received her BFA with a concentration in Photography and Media Arts from the University of Tennessee
ABOUT THE ARTIST
After waking up paralyzed at age 11, Craig was diagnosed with a rare neurological/ autoimmune disorder, beginning her journey with disease. During impatient treatment, she was introduced to art as a way of coping with her external and internal struggles. This led to a life-long practice using art as a way of understanding and coping with the diseased body.
Craig’s work is varied but mainly focuses on identity through the lens of disease. She explores creating a new photographic and painterly narrative through experimental/scientific processes.
Craig received her BFA with a concentration in Photography and Media Arts from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2016. She has exhibited throughout Tennessee including the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville.
"We all seek out our own identity as a means to express the self. Our identity is a set of characteristics that we deem uniquely ours. It is a complex fluctuation of traits that we develop throughout our lives. So, what happens when the identity becomes veiled behind a mass of expectations? Is it really chosen by the self or is it chosen for us?"
"Disease brings a new level of confusion to the concept of the self. Whether it is physical or mental, it is as if the disease overtakes ones identity. It feels impossible to separate the body from the disease.
I am interested in the materiality of a photograph or painting in comparison to the body. Film, paper, canvas, or pigmented prints act as this body showing the physical marks of disease. The work becomes flesh. Traditionally photographs are thought of as portals into a moment of time. I like to test the boundaries of this concept. I want to think of the photograph as an object, a physical thing, pigment on paper, light burning a sensitive plane. I am interested in the conflict between photograph as portal and photograph as body.
Similarly, paintings are molded using bodily fluids and scientific methods to display the markings of pain, disease, and the functions of the viscera. Bringing the inner processes of my body outside is a constant reminder of my own mortality. Throughout these processes my work becomes my body, my identity, my disease." - Brooke NaeCole Craig