June 20 2018

Personal work: Raina Kirn

Frequent WE collaborator and photographer Raina Kirn is one half of Raina + Wilson. The project she shares here—from a series called “Little Warriors”—was created as part of her membership in SOFIA, the Society of Females in Art collective.

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“Childhood stories—my own and those of family and friends—were the inspiration behind this series. Childhood is such an emotionally charged landscape and I wanted to explore the darker side of it.”

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“This one, for example, was inspired by my grandmother Velta, who lost her mother when she was eight years old. I wanted to create a piece that represented the anger, pain, loss and sadness that kids often feel but are unsure how to process.”

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“I didn’t intentionally set out to make work that was reflective of me being a female artist but the fact that I helped establish an all women’s photography collective and chose to work solely with girls as the characters in my pieces certainly says something about identifying with women’s issues.”