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Art & Life with Kurtis Dallon

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kurtis Dallon.

Kurtis, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Born in the Northwest, I spent my childhood taking in the beauty of the Cascade mountains, and dramatic coastal landscape. I was always very interested in the beauty nature played out, and feel very influenced by the dramatic vistas I grew up with. I was raised in the Mormon faith and spent my teen years and early 20’s hating and avoiding myself. Photography, in a way, saved me from that. As many do, I hit a breaking point. At this point, I turned to photography to say the things I did not know how to say. I found my voice through photography, a way to discuss my pain. It quickly became something that acted as a healing process for processing all the anger I was experiencing, a safe space to navigate big questions such as who am I? This exploration really fueled my passion for photography.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I use digital photography and sometimes film photography to create visual expressions. For a long time, I was expressing feelings of pain. I also shifted into exploring my sexuality through photography. Today I’m embarking on ideas surrounding identity within the complex landscape of today’s struggle with value, depression, comparison and shifts in views of the future. We live in a unique time for many reasons, pressures of social media and global warming. The future potentially seems very bleak. I’m interested in expressing that position current generations are in.

When people see my artwork, I hope they find something they relate to. I don’t seek to create things right on the nose. I’m more concerned that, in the process of creating a particular piece, I’m connecting more with an idea or understanding more about myself. When others connect to those pieces and take something from it, all the better. I get three major points of value from my work. 1 meeting and working with amazing people I would never have met otherwise. 2 The questions I ask myself and the experiences I have in my visual expression. 3 hearing times when someone else was able to connect with one of my pieces and have an emotional experience with it.

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
Being an artist can definitely be lonely! I think the best thing that has helped me is to reach out to other artists and cultivate a group of artists you trust. Whether it’s 2 or 10 people, it’s very helpful to have other artists you can bounce projects with, get feedback, and just someone to relate with. Today it’s so easy to send messages to other artists on Instagram or twitter. It’s never been easier to reach out to artists.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Currently I have an active Instagram account as well as Twitter, both @kurtisdallon. I also have a website you can see work on www.kurtisdallon.com

The best support I get are messages from people who enjoy what I do. I find it more and more difficult to post my work on Instagram due to increasingly difficult and vague community guidelines, so encouragement goes a long way! I’m working on getting some physical pieces up in San Diego and Los Angeles, so stay connected for more information when that happens.

Contact Info:

  • Address: Located and working in Los Angeles and San Diego
  • Website: www.kurtisdallon.com
  • Email: kurtis.dallon@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @kurtisdallon
  • Twitter: @kurtisdallon


Image Credit:
All photos from Kurtis Dallon

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