Invisible Continuation: Getting to know Tricia Coyle
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
After working in a medical testing laboratory, I walked away from my career in 2013. I explored my library of photographs and worked with them. I’m a selftaught photographer and I manipulate my photos into a complex or interpretive expression.
Why do you do what you do?
Why do you do what you do?
In my cytology career, I screened slides from patients and reported my interpretations. I analyzed and focused on cells consistently. Maybe staring into a microscope for 14 years did something to my brain, but I exaggerate color, lines, and distortion into photographs. At times, I will apply expressive typography giving meaning or messages to my work.
What’s integral to your work as an artist?
I love lines. Urban photography. I see tranquility in chaos. Details are just as important as the bigger picture.
What role does any artist have in society?
I think artists feel, absorb, and express. Artists tend to show their thoughts, visions, or experiences in their work. Creativity can inspire people and can heal.
What has been a monumental artistic experience?
Take a chance and go with your instinct. Don’t be afraid to talk about your work and what inspires you. Don’t be afraid of judgements or criticism. Be confident. If your path hits a roadblock, find another way to succeed.
How has your practice change over time?
My digital techniques have changed over time. I accented parts of the photograph in greys and blues which reflected a change in my life that I was questioning (decisions and experiences). Now, I utilize bright colors in my work which represent a positive change.
What art do you most identify with?
I connect with abstract art, street art, and street photography.
What work do you most enjoy doing?
I love urban photography and architecture. I enjoy taking a photograph and turning it into another medium, resembling a painting. “I don’t see things for what they are, more for what they could be.” (my motto in my work)
What’s your strongest memory of your childhood?
I was a very introverted child, and I felt more comfortable by myself than in a group. Reading was my form of escape, I survived high school with Stephen King.
What themes do you pursue?
I love urban scenes, especially from New York City. I love the lines in the architecture of the city. On my Instagram, I love to post and learn about minimalist photography shape, color, and lines are detailed and not altered.
What’s your scariest experience?
One time I started to fall asleep while driving on a highway. A coyote came from nowhere, I hit and killed it on impact. I woke up startled and awake, fully aware I was close to hitting a median. I do believe things happen for a reason.
Describe a real life situation that inspired you?
When I worked in cytology, I kept a book with ideas for photos and what to do with them. When I shared these ideas, people thought I was a little nuts which held me back into conforming and mental conditioning. When I quit my job, conformity was broken and my artistic ideas were released.
What’s you most embarrassing moment?
Having people see my tremors. I was diagnosed with Essential Tremor five years ago, my hands shake uncontrollably when I move them. Under extreme stress, my hands shake really bad which is a photographer’s nightmare.
What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
I was a registered Cytotechnologist for 14 years. Before that, I was a professional student for about ten yearsI worked in retail while I attended college.
Why create art?
I feel free and alive. I sacrificed many years under the corporate umbrella, I was micromanaged in every way. I lost myself, I was a caged bird. Since I started creating, so many ideas have flowed, very effortlessly. I’ve experienced a rebirth.
What is an artistic outlook on life?
Take a chance. Don’t give up. Treat people with kindness and respect. Learn and grow.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
Favorable comments people like the look of a painting and how I’ve altered it from a photograph.
Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it?
I feel it is. I know some people can’t relate to my work because they haven’t experienced certain things or felt the same as I have. Connections on a deeper level are absent with some people, and I’m fine with that.
What do you dislike about the art world?
I haven’t been in the local art world very long, only for a few years. From what I have noticed, it can be somewhat clique formed. I wish for more women artists in the spotlight. I don’t like it when someone takes the time and energy to think creatively, and an individual will steal the idea and not give credit.
What do you like about your work?
My thoughts and feelings are expressed in some pieces, I like removing “literal perspectives” from photography, especially identities.
Should art be funded? What makes you angry?
Yes, I believe art should be funded. Artists struggle to get their work out because of income. To be a successful artist takes time to be noticed by art galleries and collectors. If you don’t have an income to sustain your passion, then your passion can subside because of the absent income to sustain it.
What research do you do?
Marketing research and getting my work noticed by art galleries and people. Art is so competitive.
What is your dream project?
To take an image and apply to other materials in sections, I see mirrors and pallets in my future.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
You have to reinvent yourself. Evolve.
Professionally, what’s your goal?
To be accepted, and to have my work collected.
What wouldn’t you do without?
My family, they’re everything to me.