Evie McKenna is a multimedia artist living and working in Queens, NY. She studied photography and printmaking at Philadelphia College of Art and received a Masters Degree at the NYU/ICP program. She has worked in the field of photography as a fine artist, an educator and a photo editor. Her work has been exhibited in the US, Mexico, Europe as well as online publications. She is a faculty member of the School of Visual Arts and has been a visiting instructor at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn College and Moore College of Art. As a photo editor and researcher, she has worked with a number of publishers ranging from the The New Yorker, New York Magazine, People Magazine to Women's Health and Entertainment Weekly. For the past five years, Evie McKenna has been working with NYC seniors in an Art Council grant project bringing the arts to seniors in the SuCasa program of onsite visiting artists.
Her current work involves photographic images from the botanical world that alter the optical plane of focus. The primacy of vision in most people's life involves passing an eye test from a chart in which you decide which letter is clearer than another. Her work has often used this selective focus to play with emotional and visual preferences and attractions. The works with obvious textural outlining are references to the use of outlines for teachers, editors and others in guiding vision around a picture plane. The marks are made with oil pastels primarily and are loosely drawn with the underlying image as a template. The response to the photographic picture plane being mechanically reproduced vs. the visceral textural look of the crayon over top is also in response to the over populated space of photography in the past decade of an extraordinary amount of mobile imagery. The drawing is a method of fingerprinting so to speak on the image to create a unique print.
The videos are works in progress and a commentary on seeing from a stationary point of view in a world that is often moving in a maniacal way. They are rough and short and function as video sketches for larger projects.
The botanical photographs here represent a small amount of the work I have been doing for some time in the natural world.