Assistant Professor of Art Kate Shannon has spent the last four years teaching new media courses at The Ohio State University-Mansfield. Professor Shannon focuses her work primarily on photography and new and innovative ways photos are challenged in the digital age. Digital erasure is a recurring tactic in Professor Shannon’s creative work, “meticulously eliminating pixels within photographic images, emphasizing relationships or concentrating on certain figures within the frame.” Currently, she is working on a variety of projects that range from making photographs to taking photographs that are historical and manipulating them. Professor Shannon has recently had the pleasure of working with tarnished and marred photo negatives taken by Orville and Wilbur Wright. While it might be difficult to understand what ”research” might entail for a visual artist, her research involves “an investigation of the image in terms of its history, relationship to art, and social significance.”
Professor Shannon attributes teaching as an integral part of her research process because it inspires her to investigate deeper into artists or movements that she may not have done on her own. She further explains, “My students are continually coming up with unique ways to creatively use images, which is inspiring. Art is a collaborative process and I cannot imagine being a productive artist without the stimulation and feedback I receive from the young artists in my classroom.” Although Professor Shannon is not currently working on any artwork with students, she openly invites the idea of working collaboratively should the opportunity present itself.
As for long-term goals, Professor Shannon wants to continue exhibiting her work. She has exhibited her creative work across the United States and she would love the opportunity to exhibit internationally. “I am inspired by my surroundings and my work is very much a reflection of living in the United States and Ohio. I am interested to see how my work might be received in a completely different environment.” Additionally she wants to continue to integrate technology into her work. “I am really interested in how the physicality of the image has been transformed in the digital age and excited to uncover new ways to construct, deconstruct, and manipulate photographs. Although the artwork I create can be very personal, I am also interested in investigating these bigger, broader notions.”
Professor Shannon’s artwork can be viewed online at kateshannon.net.