Featured Artist: Nicole Hope Matthews

When I began working with light painting, I could not have predicted it would lead me to the self-portrait narratives through which I express myself today. I began using this technique on still lifes until the spring of 2006 when my grandmother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. After I returned home from the hospital, I found myself alone in my West Philadelphia apartment and this time when I took out my camera, I decided to turn it on myself. I have continued to create self-portraits to portray various stages in my life over the years.
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