Artist Statement

"My name is KASHA. I am a Canadian multimedia artist. Originally, I was intended to be a painter. Over the years I have experimented with 35mm, medium format film, digital video, digital stills, music, performance art, and literature. It is impossible to recount all of my trials and tribulations or all of my accolades and accomplishments over four decades of being me. It would be fair to say that the paths I have tred have been those less travelled and I would never trade for what could have been. 

The importance of ART in our world is paramount. Artists throughout the ages have been ethical barometers of society, mirrors of human nature and proof of our fleeting existence. Society needs to see itself in the physical expressions of art as reminders and check points in life. Whether an artist depicts the gruesome details of war or the beautiful skin tones of a nude; whether the motive is to shock or provoke thought, artists are the true magicians with real magic in their hands.  Society seems to be forgetting what it means to live. And so, it is the artist who is the constant breeze of familiarity.  Civilization is testimony that enabling artists to create, provides the world's museums and private collections  with priceless works that generations will honor and cherish. 

Today, surviving as an artist involves the same steep hurdles artists have always known. Beyond having a great style or superb technique, along with generous benefactors, today's artist must strive toward self-sufficiency, learning to be savvy of public trends, corporate image, the Internet, and business fundamentals. A tall order, considering  artists have been entrusted with reflecting the quintessence of life in their finished product. 

It is our collective disposition  to be creative, enthusiastic, industrious, and expressive. I revel in these energies  everyday. While millions of people take millions of photographs everywhere now,  can they make a piece of Art? There is a new breed of Fine Art Photographer emerging and creating art history. This is the era of the conceptual photograph. It is precisely what POP Art was to Andy Warhol, what Abstract Expressionism painting was to Jackson Pollock and Cubism was to Picasso.  The digital evolution gifted visual artists with a brand new horizon, a wild west of possibility. My photography career began in 1993 with the all manual Pentax K 1000 film camera. Several camera bodies and lens later I currently shoot with the CANON EOS 60D digital camera.  The miles behind me prove that I AM a product of my environment in this modern world that is fierce, unforgiving, and fickle.  The lessons I have learned in pursuit of my craft, my art, have permanent marks on my soul. They have groomed me, shattered me, and built me up to be who I am right now.  I am very excited to be a part of the conceptual photography movement."