The Photographer Chase Jarvis once said ‘The best camera to have, is the one with you’. This quote made a huge impression on me and freed me from the idea that I had to carry around bulky cameras. It gave me permission to take photos with my camera phone and have a ‘camera’ with me every day when I’m out and about.
My work has evolved since my solo show, Reframe:edit, in 2019. My photographic art practice is a true fusion of my love of photography, graphic design and painting and I especially enjoy developing and creating my photo-graphic montage fine art prints. I look to create rich and atmospheric imagery that is both compelling and ambiguous - is it a painting or photograph?
Photography is part of my daily creative expression, and I use Instagram (@monica_chrys) as my visual sketchbook, personal diary and a valuable source of inspiration. It's the first phase of my creative process and where I formulate, experiment with, and develop my ideas.
Yes. My multi-disciplinary background feeds into my creative teaching and vice versa. In my adult painting & drawing classes I use these experiences to help my students to develop their own creative journeys. I teach the essential foundation blocks of colour mixing, tone, composition, scale, story telling, etc; and I encourage curiosity and experimentation so that students gain the confidence to explore and re-imagine new and exciting visual outcomes.