I am a photo-based visual artist from Halifax, Nova Scotia. My creative process relies on image based technologies and the use of photographic archives and collections. The importance of gathering objects of desire, the inevitable mortality of memory, and nostalgia for the obsolescent are what drives me to make images. Pictures embody a trace of time, fulfilling our desire to connect to the past. I am drawn to photography because of its sentimental nature; With the ability to take form virtually and physically, pictures act as links to our past by harbouring memories and sentiments. I strive to engage the viewer in a way that makes them question their own perception of what is natural, the passage of time, materiality, and the tangibility of our own identity through accumulated objects.
I am currently exploring notions of identity by examining ancestral histories, landscapes, and stereotypes of femininity.
Katherine Nakaska grew up in Nova Scotia. At a young age, she became fascinated with collecting antiquities and taking analog photographs. She is a recent graduate of NSCAD University, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a Major in Photography. During her time at NSCAD, Katherine was awarded the Roloff Beny Photography scholarship, allowing her to travel to Scotland to pursue a project based on her maternal ancestry. She has been delighted to teach the NSCAD Extended Studies: Black and White Film Photography class since the fall of 2014. Katherine was featured in The Coast's 2015 New Art issue, and she was the curator of the 2015 Graduation Exhibition at NSCAD University. She is currently working as a photographer, professional photo retoucher, and artist in Halifax.