AXIS Pioneer Square is proud to present the works of conceptual photographers Elle Hanley and Vera Pashkevich.
Elle Hanley is an American fine art photographer living and working in Seattle. She emerged four years ago as a self-portrait artist and quickly expanded her work into the realms of fashion and surrealism. On any given day, Elle can be found scouting locations on the outskirts of the city with her camera handy and her dog nearby.
Elle’s scope of work addresses the natural tension between the human form and the space it occupies. Her sets are often fantastical and ask the viewer to take a participatory role in imagining the narrative behind each piece. Her work plays on the seemingly apparent contradiction between the modern process and the timeless aesthetic, requiring the audience to momentarily suspend disbelief and engage in the storytelling process.
Vera is originally from Grodno, Belarus and led a nomadic lifestyle before landing in the Pacific Northwest in 2006. Pursuing her love for art history, she earned a BA at The Evergreen State College in 2011 and made the move to Seattle to continue working in the field.
Vera’s work echoes a sense of childlike wonderment in a series of nighttime portraits lit only by LEDs. Assembling large installations on location, she portrays the effects of modernity and light pollution by transforming otherwise untouched landscapes into meticulously composed sets. Influenced by Latin American magical realism, her primary interest is causing the viewer to ask questions and create their own interpretation.
Axis is located at: 308 1st Ave S Seattle, WA 98104
Artist will be in attendance at the opening reception on October 2nd, 5-9PM
AXIS Pioneer Square, 308 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA, United States
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