Last week Karmaloop launched its inaugural Employee Art Show, bringing to light the various interesting creative pursuits of our staff. We couldn’t help but give these guys a little love, so keep checking back for individual profiles on the amazing submissions…
Artist: Brittany Gray, Human Resources Administrator
What did you show last week?
Ten black and white photographs. Six were a set, the other four I just liked and decided to submit.
Tell us the inspiration for your current work.
I haven’t done anything super recent, but I notice I tend to take more photos in fall and winter, so we’ll see what happens. The six I submitted together were called “The Dirt Series.” I was feeling pretty down a while back and used photography to get it out of my system. I feel like, with most art, it doesn’t really work putting the meaning into text: you should be able to look at the piece and get a feeling instead. That’s what I was trying to do, because there was a lot going on in my head. I just wanted to convey those feelings.
Most of it was shot in the woods adjacent to my parents’ house. It ranged from mud piles, dried cracked dirt, strange stumps covered in growths, a worm writhing in a puddle. My friend has a farm in East Taunton, and it goes on for acres – I got naked in the far back woods and covered myself up in mud, and did a bunch of self-portraits. I’d like to revisit the idea again one of these days.
What is your most used medium and why?
Film photography. I just enjoy the process and end quality much more. Whether it’s color or black and white, film photos just have a sort of character to them.
Is your art background formal, self-taught, or both?
A mix of both. I started doing film photography in high school, but didn’t end up taking a class until college. I daydream about getting a master’s in photo, but that requires a lot of time and money, neither of which I have! Haha.
Who is your favorite artist?
If we’re talking photography, I absolutely adore Sally Mann. There’s a great documentary about her called “What Remains” that everyone should check out. For other art, I’m not going to rattle off a list, but you should all check out “Henry and Glenn Forever” by The Igloo Tornado.
I don’t have a website. I have a Flickr that needs updating. But I also do music sparingly, so check out my Facebook. If I start up serious with photos again, I’d likely post about it there.