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C {see} 

              1. to perceive with the eyes


However, can you always trust what your eyes see? Can you tell if an image is a reflection? In some ways, this is the entire basis of photography as a medium: to reflect back an image. 

As an artist, I am always asked for my “artist statement”. I have written many statements explaining my approach and inspiration over the years. These statements have changed and evolved as my art practice has changed and evolved;

there is always room for growth. Who am I as an artist? I am a photographer. My photography and art 

constantly challenge me. Why am I an artist? I am an artist because art is important. Photography matters. I create art to see things differently. You may have walked by the same object in my photograph a million times and may have never seen it the way it is in the photograph. Now you may never see it quite the same way again.


George Steinmetz said it well when he said, “My job is to open people’s eyes to all the amazing things they didn’t know existed.” Or Lynn Johnson who said, “ You want to reveal what life is like – show things we may never fully understand.”

“To create one's world in any of the arts takes courage.” 

Georgia O'Keeffe 

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Now, an artistic photographer and native-born Chicagoan, I never imagined being an artist. As a shy and introverted girl, art was not on my radar. Luckily art found me. While in college, I took an art class on a whim and never turned back. Studying different forms of art, I discovered my passion for photography and alternative processes. I graduated with a degree in art and am constantly challenged and inspired by nature and the abstract. To put it simply, the physicality of creating art and seeing things differently makes me  happy.


To view more of my work, take a look at my online portfolio on Behance. All fine art prints are for sale. Please contact me for more information regarding commissioned work, sizes, materials, and pricing.

                              Clarissa Colletti

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