Steffanie Padilla is an artist, currently living and working in Los Angeles, whose practice involves photography, collage, and video. Her work is based on the notion of perception and representation in relation to humans & animals and considers mass media, culture, and food products as focal points for extensive psychological and philosophical research. Much of her work is characterized by the deconstruction of normative ideologies and often experiments with personal memories as material to analyse learned behavior.
“Many of the influences that have made an impact on my work can be traced back to my teenage years. When I first began to discover photography, I often felt a strong visual connection to artists such as Sally Mann, William Eggleston, Larry Clark, Philip-Lorca DiCorcia, David LaChapelle, Andreas Gursky, Alex Webb, and Andy Warhol. Other forms of inspiration have been music videos, popular magazines, and independent films.
For the past three years, I have continuously worked on an ongoing project titled Cruces, about a small rural town located in Chihuahua, Mexico where my mother was born and raised for seventeen years. As I’ve grown older and more self-aware, I see how incredibly random and easily shaped an individual’s developing identity can be based on his or her environment. Understanding identity and the various factors that influence it, asks the question, “Where do our ideas come from?” a central theme that has become present in many of my works. With Cruces, I am interested in the people, specifically its youth culture, its animal agriculture, the urbanization, and the idea of the land always being a part of me in some form or another. ”
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