Cassie Shaver was born and raised in Northern Illinois and the suburbs of Chicago, but is now enjoying being a resident of Metro Detroit. As an artist, Cassie has an eco-friendly studio practice and works towards pushing the boundaries of what can be done with printmaking, mixed media, and graphic design, while is striving to change peoples perceptions of the craft. She recently completed her dual concentration BFA in Printmaking & Graphic Design, from Eastern Kentucky University and is an MFA Candidate at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. She is currently exhibiting her artwork nationally, notably at the Debtfair/Occupy Museums portion of the 2017 Whitney Biannual as well as being seen in periodicals such as Fresh Paint Magazine, The Artifact Magazine, and Uppercase Magazine.
I am fascinated by the way we perceive the world around us. Not so much in the limitations by sight, or by what is straight forward and in front of us. More so in this notion that our inner emotions, strengths, fears, and flaws that dictate what we see.
It is these flirtations with the photo-shop culture, disability shaming, and social acceptance that heavily influence how we view our own self-perception. So many of us show only a percentage of our lives to the public. We are taught through the media, that we have to work to become a better version of ourselves, and end up struggling to keep those aspects of our lives hidden because we are afraid of what judgment may fall upon us. These notes of social insecurity are the deeper meanings and conceptual influences that I like to layer into my work. Being a mixed media printmaker allows me to showcase these boundaries, by taking a print, and changing the way its viewed by adding in layers of found objects, fiber, paper, textures, and photographs.
Each project within itself reflects upon social issues of disability, self-awareness, and the everyday hidden identities. The things we don’t want people to see, or know that prevent our own self-acceptance. Bringing to surface a deeper conceptual idea that the viewer can choose to see, or ignore, as they pass. Allowing them to decide if they will take the extra moment to examine their own inner secrets as they take in the bold graphic qualities of my work.
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