Piece description from the artist
As time goes by, the spaces wear, fade, and collect more advertisements; developing a design of texture, color, and line. Thus, the elements of art naturally appear in our surroundings through many contributing endeavors. I feel it is important to display the natural processes inherent in the subject; as a result the work is straight digital photography with limited amount of work done in Photoshop. The content of the Surfaces Series opens a discussion on the issues of western culture and the urban lifestyle. I find that much of urban living involves dealing with an overload to the senses and invasive space, but it is also important to look at the attention that people give to advertisements and our surroundings. The commercialism and decay that I once saw as disrespectful to space, I now see as a story of the space and an evolution of aesthetics. Throughout shooting this series, I have been too many different urban environments in the United States and Europe. Every city offered its own style and process, and yet they are connected by how people care for these public spaces.
Cassandra has been working with the photographic medium for over 15 years. She started out straight out of undergraduate working with one of the largest studios in the outdoors industry in the Ozarks. Cassandra always had a fasciation with light and light theory, and enjoyed using natural light to capture the subject. She found her love for photography early in college, because it was the perfect balance for her of science and art. It was in New York that Cassandra started working as an educator in the arts while continuing her work as a professional photographer. She received her Masters in Art Teaching at the School of Visual Arts and her certificate of teaching for k-12 grades.Cassandra uses her expertise in photography, theory, and history in the classroom. She is still freelancing and creating fine arts abstract photographs. During her time in New York, she found her love for the surface. She is passionate about the pedagogy of art, using the photographic medium to develop higher-level intellectual and creative skills. In 2008, she moved to Baltimore to receive her MFA at Maryland Institute College of Art, while working as an educator and artist. She enjoys watching the young artists grow into professionals. Presently, Cassandra is working as a photography, video, and digital arts educator at Severn School. She gets inspired by taking long walks in the city, and helping with community projects in southwest Baltimore.