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GENEI HARDY

GENEI HARDY

Artist Work

listen
2012
Color Print
16x20
Three mile stare
Fall 2011
Color print
16x20
aisles
2012
Color Print
16x20
Stare
Fall 2010
Color print
16x20
Untitled
Fall 2008
Color print
16x20
looking up
2012
Color Print
16x20

Artist Information

County
Baltimore City
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

I began taking art classes at the age of 13. My parents thought that it would be good for me to have a creative outlet. They hoped that art would keep me out of trouble as I was growing up in the inner city of Baltimore.In the beginning I was unsure, but by the age of 16 I was taking college level art classes. After a few years of taking art classes I began developing my own direction. Over the years my direction has drastically changed I am no longer afraid to tackle personal issues and images of people. I was inspired by several women’s studies classes I had taken while completing my undergraduate degree. I was especially inspired by the slogan “the personal is political”. I was interested in conveying what was going on in my life, in my world, and with the women around me. I began really focusing on issues that directly affected me. I figured that was what I could photograph the best things that had a direct impact on me. Once I started addressing personal topics I wanted to continue to tell my story, and the stories of the women that I know who surround me. Women and sexuality are the most consistent subjects in my work.I began taking art classes at the age of 13. My parents thought that it would be good for me to have a creative outlet. They hoped that art would keep me out of trouble as I was growing up in the inner city of Baltimore.In the beginning I was unsure, but by the age of 16 I was taking college level art classes. After a few years of taking art classes I began developing my own direction. Over the years my direction has drastically changed I am no longer afraid to tackle personal issues and images of people. I was inspired by several women’s studies classes I had taken while completing my undergraduate degree. I was especially inspired by the slogan “the personal is political”. I was interested in conveying what was going on in my life, in my world, and with the women around me. I began really focusing on issues that directly affected me. I figured that was what I could photograph the best things that had a direct impact on me. Once I started addressing personal topics I wanted to continue to tell my story, and the stories of the women that I know who surround me. Women and sexuality are the most consistent subjects in my work.I began taking art classes at the age of 13. My parents thought that it would be good for me to have a creative outlet. They hoped that art would keep me out of trouble as I was growing up in the inner city of Baltimore.In the beginning I was unsure, but by the age of 16 I was taking college level art classes. After a few years of taking art classes I began developing my own direction. Over the years my direction has drastically changed I am no longer afraid to tackle personal issues and images of people. I was inspired by several women’s studies classes I had taken while completing my undergraduate degree. I was especially inspired by the slogan “the personal is political”. I was interested in conveying what was going on in my life, in my world, and with the women around me. I began really focusing on issues that directly affected me. I figured that was what I could photograph the best things that had a direct impact on me. Once I started addressing personal topics I wanted to continue to tell my story, and the stories of the women that I know who surround me. Women and sexuality are the most consistent subjects in my work.I began taking art classes at the age of 13. My parents thought that it would be good for me to have a creative outlet. They hoped that art would keep me out of trouble as I was growing up in the inner city of Baltimore.In the beginning I was unsure, but by the age of 16 I was taking college level art classes. After a few years of taking art classes I began developing my own direction. Over the years my direction has drastically changed I am no longer afraid to tackle personal issues and images of people. I was inspired by several women’s studies classes I had taken while completing my undergraduate degree. I was especially inspired by the slogan “the personal is political”. I was interested in conveying what was going on in my life, in my world, and with the women around me. I began really focusing on issues that directly affected me. I figured that was what I could photograph the best things that had a direct impact on me. Once I started addressing personal topics I wanted to continue to tell my story, and the stories of the women that I know who surround me. Women and sexuality are the most consistent subjects in my work.I began taking art classes at the age of 13. My parents thought that it would be good for me to have a creative outlet. They hoped that art would keep me out of trouble as I was growing up in the inner city of Baltimore.In the beginning I was unsure, but by the age of 16 I was taking college level art classes. After a few years of taking art classes I began developing my own direction. Over the years my direction has drastically changed I am no longer afraid to tackle personal issues and images of people. I was inspired by several women’s studies classes I had taken while completing my undergraduate degree. I was especially inspired by the slogan “the personal is political”. I was interested in conveying what was going on in my life, in my world, and with the women around me. I began really focusing on issues that directly affected me. I figured that was what I could photograph the best things that had a direct impact on me. Once I started addressing personal topics I wanted to continue to tell my story, and the stories of the women that I know who surround me. Women and sexuality are the most consistent subjects in my work.I began taking art classes at the age of 13. My parents thought that it would be good for me to have a creative outlet. They hoped that art would keep me out of trouble as I was growing up in the inner city of Baltimore.In the beginning I was unsure, but by the age of 16 I was taking college level art classes. After a few years of taking art classes I began developing my own direction. Over the years my direction has drastically changed I am no longer afraid to tackle personal issues and images of people. I was inspired by several women’s studies classes I had taken while completing my undergraduate degree. I was especially inspired by the slogan “the personal is political”. I was interested in conveying what was going on in my life, in my world, and with the women around me. I began really focusing on issues that directly affected me. I figured that was what I could photograph the best things that had a direct impact on me. Once I started addressing personal topics I wanted to continue to tell my story, and the stories of the women that I know who surround me. Women and sexuality are the most consistent subjects in my work.

Artist Bio

Genei Simone is a photographer and writer living in Baltimore, Maryland.Genei specializes in both digital and analog photography.She is currently completing a series that will be exhibited,and for sale in the near future.Visit Genei’s website, http://www.wix.com/geneisimone/my-portfolio You may also contact Genei at geneisimonephothography@gmail.com.