Y. Hope Osborn United States
Both chromatic and monochromatic—this is her freedom. Black and white architectural abstracts to colorful geometric digital photograph abstractions. I’ve earned my art resume not through degree but through life experience.
Both chromatic and monochromatic—this is my freedom.
As a teenager without any art experiences, I began “sketching color” in shades of grey, using #2 pencil, erasure, touch, and edge. I have since played with colorful geometric abstracts, explored landscape, floral, and architectural photography, and learned art composition and storytelling, building a creative resume from scratch on all but specializing in none.
This has culminated in my capturing black and white architectural abstracts. They aren’t as popular as the human form. However, I draw attention to architecture telling the stories of humanity from idealist to architects, builders, people who breathe, feel, and die in these artworks, and happy interactions with strangers, pulling out my camera, choosing perspective, and clicking.
Her love of color comes from growing up in a home where everything was always brown except her sky-blue window frames and pink decorative roses. She makes very careful choices about what she leaves in color, what is black and white, and which images she alters for a new perspective or concept in abstract.
All Hope’s art, including other photographic experiments, is about freedom. Abusive parents stifled her with silence and weighted her with care, stunting her play. She learns to play now through art in an ongoing process of recovery, even half a lifetime away from abuse. I’m mindful of those shamed into believing they are wrong and those like me without an art education who are afraid of getting it wrong.
I believe art is two-sided—the perspective of the creator and the perspective of the perceiver. Neither person should feel stifled by their past, present, or future.
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