Katy Shayne’s photographs feel a bit like the childhood scrapbook of David Lynch, emphasizing on the grotesque with a pretty major dash of female identity. Smashing innocence with vulgarity, and at times, even horror, Shayne creates her own unique genre of photography—her work is perhaps summarized best as the photo diary of a child addicted to collecting ghost stories, baby teeth, spell books, and Nancy Drew novels. Living and working in Austin, the visual artist works not only with photography, but also drawing and mixed media. Carving out her own haunting yet beautiful world that we are so lucky to glimpse into, Shayne is certainly one to watch for.
text by Maddie Maschger