Carolyn Monastra, ‘Holl House’, 2009, Susan Eley Fine Art

About Carolyn Monastra

"It is a darker, enigmatic beauty to which I am drawn—that of the shadowy forest of Hansel and Gretel not the pristine views of Ansel Adams." Photographer Carolyn Monastra is inspired by her personal experience with the environment, where fairytales, myths, and dreams combine with worlds found off the beaten path. At the age of 15, she began printing photographs from the basement of her childhood home, eventually leading to her photography BFA at Yale University. Today, Monastra takes pictures inspired by her ongoing connection with nature, wherein single characters take part in landscape narratives, usually without apparent resolution. Monastra hopes to engage her viewer on a personal, psychological level, allowing for their own interpretation of the story. At times, her images involve no characters at all, and instead focus on the darkness and mystery of the empty environment.

American, Cleveland, Ohio, based in Brooklyn, New York

Group Shows on Artsy

2017
VROOM VROOM BEEP BEEP, Susan Eley Fine Art, New York
2015
CAUGHT ON FILM, Susan Eley Fine Art, New York