Edie Shimel recently completed
her Masters of Fine Arts at UNC-Chapel Hill with a focus on photography and mixed media.
Currently she is a mixed media teacher at the Carrboro Arts Center
in Carrboro, NC. She has also taught university classes in photography.
over-arching approach to art-making is an interest in my social context—examining how people, ideas and institutions
shape my own beliefs, habits and even creative production. I use photographic images to explore, poetically, the inner dynamics
of the human psyche and how we are shaped by and interact with the cultural environment surrounding us. I consider myself
an image-maker, using my own photographs but also collecting photographic remnants of my cultural surroundings and recontextualizing
them in my artwork to invert the intended meaning. Through this process of collecting
photographic remnants and incorporating my own imagery and experience, I make art as a means to examine our contemporary social
environment, raising questions as to why and how we function. I strive for more ambiguous imagery that can allow for multiple
interpretations and interactions with its audience.