self portrait

Lizzie Wasserman

BFA - photography

Art of all kinds engage me, but out of all the arts, I am happiest with a camera in my hands. Recording events and creating “Kodak” moments for others is what I like to do. You could say I was born in the wrong era. If this were the 40s, I would fit right in. I take these photographs because I want people to feel an emotional connection and I create that with a camera in my hands.

When I was young I was diagnosed with Executive Function Disorder. This condition is associated with attention deficit hyperactivity and learning disabilities. My entire young life was confusing but as I grew up, it slowly dawned on me that I actually do see things differently from most people. It turns out that my "disorder" is not a deficit. Because of my disabilities, my sense of spatial organization and abstract composition are strong, making tasks such as setting up the gallery space work out quickly in my mind. When I was finally able to take a formal art class, I quickly learned that visual learning aides and practical application played to my strengths where traditional methods of learning had not: it made me feel smart and happy. It also made me feel grounded in a way I'd never felt before. It allowed me to connect with others and to give back in a way I never could before.

I draw a lot of my work from moments in my own life: photographs of important moments in the lives of my family, my homemade baked goods, and images of my friends playing out their fantasies. My sense of nostalgia references when parents made albums for their children.






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