Regen Quinn is a Kansas City based artist who specializes in black and white film photography.
Quinn prefers to develop and print everything herself. She says "there is something about developing the negatives and going through the printing process that makes each photograph feel as though an emotion has been turned into a tangible, living creature that [I] can set loose into the world. Being able to create those pieces and have the feeling of setting an emotion free gives [me] a sense of control over [my] bi-polar disorder, and in general a sense of control over life". She is usually photographing anything and everything she fancies and creating work by the seat of her pants. At the moment, Regen is working on a series for no particular reason.
Quinn asks, "when presented with our reflection, do we notice them at all? Are we only seeing past them to the things we want? Are we reflected in the things we want?" and states that "this series explores our desire to own material objects". More questions she asks of her viewers are "why do we want them? Do we want others to notice our unique style? Maybe we purchase a specific object as a symbol of status; we want others to see it and acknowledge our "greatness". Maybe it is because someone told us that is the "in" colour or style of this season. If these thoughts are in our subconscious when we purchase something, are we or are we not surrounding ourselves with projections of our own personalities?"
Quinn graduated from Johnson County Community College in May of 2009.
She has been published twice in the college's magazine, Mind's Eye; she was also awarded their photography talent scholarship and had two photographs purchased for the college's student collection. She was in her first show, Real Art III, in October of 2009. In August of 2010, she displayed her photography at Muddy's Coffeehouse. In October of 2010 she contributed to a group show for the first event held by Artists Helping Artists. Her second solo show was at the All Souls Gallery in Kansas City, MO. She also participated in BOLD, held at the Alcott Arts Center. Most recently, her work was displayed at the Rivermarket Regional Exhibition.
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