Aloe Corry created the WRHC Award-winning visual art piece “Appraisal.” Her photograph, “Pop,” was also published this year. Here, she answers some questions about herself and her work.
What was your purpose when creating the work?
My art practice stems from the idea of “dislocation,” which can be defined as the disruption of an established order or the physical sensation of having something pushed out of place. The presence of dislocation and fragmentation (for example, from travel, the creation of new systems, or forced relocation) is becoming more and more prominent in our contemporary globalized world. I am drawn to this uneasy line between the familiar and the unfamiliar, and many of my works serve as visual maps of dislocation; relics or remnants of the passage. I am interested in narrative: the potential of images to tell stories, and the power that we have as artists to disrupt, recalibrate, or distort those stories. I am also interested in the ramifications of splintering, reforming, and repeating aspects of the human form, and what that does psychologically, spiritually, and visually.
How do you think your work has changed since you were published in Scribendi?
I’m still working with the same concepts, but experimenting with new materials. I am currently working with the painted image versus the photographic image, dissonance, and the materiality of collage.
Have you continued to write/draw/paint/other?
Why do you enjoy the work you do or why do you do it?
Art provides a space to step out of the world, for reflection or peace—yet at the same time, it provides an equal opportunity to engage more fully with the world, in all of its squalor and wonder. I create art because I am driven to do so. This requires the sacrifice of other activities and opportunities, and but I have found that the more I engage with making art, the less whole I feel without it. Art is the lens through which I filter my experience on this planet.
Has being published in Scribendi affected your professional opportunities? How?
It has given me the opportunity to display my work to a wider audience, as well as the honor of being printed in a publication.
Why are publications like Scribendi important?
They give students the experience of having their work recognized and made available to others. This is really valuable, both professionally and as a morale booster.
Why did you submit to Scribendi, as opposed to another publication?
I wanted to submit to an established publication outside of my university and state.
Why should people submit to Scribendi?
It provides great exposure, and your work is featured alongside other quality work.
How does Scribendi compare to other magazines?
This one is hard for me to answer, because I’ve just started submitting to publications like these! But my experience with Scribendi has been great.