Graham Parsons is majoring in English and Creative Writing and minoring in Art History and Art and is graduating in 2024. Their mediums include primarily black and white photography, though recently, they’ve picked up printmaking and book arts as a whole. Graham tries to incorporate his creative practices and his academics when he can. English and writing are dual to visual art, so there's quite a bit of overlap between fields. So, when the opportunity arises, they’ll write about art in their English classes or apply theory and principles from writing to visual art.
Art is important to Graham because although He has had trouble connecting with others, engaging with art - anyone's art - is to glimpse at how they see the world. Graham was always a math and science student in middle and high school, art was a foreign language. Around the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, they found their father's camera and decided to learn how it worked as a piece of machinery. It was a rather cold approach, but he began to produce photographs that were at least technically good. The three photographs he included are from a six-month project he did with friends. They were studying the work of Daido Moriyama, a Japanese
photographer from the 1970s whose work is extremely high-contrast, out-of-focus, and blurry. They like to think that their photographs build from that, communicating a sense of urban noisiness.
Graham’s advice to aspiring artists is, “There's a huge amount of history and culture surrounding art. I believe that if you don't know why you're drawn to a specific technique, subject, or style, you should sit down and look for connections in the literature written about that topic. Not only will it help you figure out what you're trying to do, but it also provides a bunch of tangential ideas that you can experiment with.”
Follow them on Instagram: @grahmattical
Graham is one of the artists who will be featured at the Stanley Campus Council's April event. Join us on April 13th, 2023, in the Stanley's lobby for On Display: A Student Art Showcase. This program was the personal project of 22/23 Stanley Campus Council Intern, Lily Hester. Their main goal is to dedicate an evening for non-art majors to have the space and time to showcase the art they have created and tell their story of how they incorporate art into their lives while balancing school and life.