Evie McKenna's images capture textural qualities responsive to botanical and constructed landscapes. The composition and context of the images serve as both disrupters and equalizers in the balancing act of capturing charged environments. Temporality is a focal point in the still images, conveyed through acts of fleeting seasonal changes, impermanent natural fixtures and urban constructions. The diffuse lighting and mix of organic and architectural structures suggests a sense of balance between controlled and natural growth. McKenna’s photographs honor the vulnerabilities and alluring presence of plants revealed through synchronistic and spontaneous moments.
Evie McKenna received a BFA in photography from Philadelphia College of Art and a Master's degree in photography from the New York University/International Center of Photography program. McKenna’s work has been exhibited at George Eastman House International Museum, Rochester, NY; Klapper Center for Fine Arts, Garden City, NY; Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY; and Queens Museum, Flushing, NY; Wave Hill House among others. She has been awarded residencies from Yaddo, The Chinati Foundation, Wave Hill, PS122 and The Montello Foundation.
As a teacher, she has spent the past several decades at the School of Visual Arts Photo and Video Dept. along with guest teaching at Brooklyn College, Pratt Institute and Moore College of Art. She has also received a NYFA grant and a teaching fellowship at AAVI in Mexico City. On the publishing side of her work, she has been a photo editor and researcher at The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, People Magazine and a number of other publications and books.