Art & Intention | February 10, 2015
By Jake Thrasher | firstname.lastname@example.org
By showing animals and humans as one entity in my work, I am really trying to emphasize the importance of human interactions with nature. I try to incorporate whimsical, magical qualities in my pieces to allow the viewer to see nature from my perspective. Growing up in a more rural area of Birmingham, Alabama, I spent a lot of time in nature and naturally got inspired by the world around me. I am simply trying to convey the wonders of our natural world to people who may not otherwise notice. While this is the overarching idea of this series, each individual piece has its own meaning and comments on unique ideas that I find important.
Some of my work, especially my photography and photo-manipulation, is not necessarily conveying a concrete message, but simply evoking emotion. I believe the most mystical, primal emotions can be accessed through imagery since these emotions transcend language. Because of this, I really enjoy manipulating light, angles, and other variables to create an esoteric image that really impacts the viewer.
Jake Thrasher is a Freshman Biochemistry and art major at the University of Mississippi. His art has been featured in many art shows in his hometown Birmingham, Alabama, and two of his pieces have been featured in the Birmingham Museum of Art. He has been working in the nanoscience research lab at Ole Miss for the past two summers, and plans to incorporate his passion for art and science in the medical research field after school.