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Photo: Rainy Day Traffic

Rainy Day Traffic

Terra Rathai
Materials: Vinyl

Artist Statement:

I am a self-taught photographer working with everyday subject matter. I see my academic background in Art History as a major influence on my aesthetic. This training instilled the practice of looking closely and supplied a vast mental catalog of visual images to draw from. I am particularly drawn to color, abstraction and painterly texture. My work is rooted in the act of seeing – finding and revealing transcendence in the everyday stuff of the world. It is based in contemplative observation and an open-minded exploration of the visual. This process is simultaneously driven by an interest in formalism and an egalitarian worldview in which everything is worthy of contemplation.

Photo: Terra Rathai

About Terra Rathai

Terra Rathai is an artist and photographer living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Terra studied Art History in college and graduate school before discovering her love of photography. After the birth of her son, she found that she always had a camera in hand; this inspired her to start experimenting with artistic images of everyday life. Terra’s artistic style is often influenced by art historical imagery, especially paintings. Her process involves being present in the moment and actively looking at the world around her with an eye for aesthetics and an open mind toward subject matter.

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