Artist statement by Terra Rathai of Minneapolis. "I am a self-taught photographer working with everyday subject matter. I see my academic background in Art History as a major influence on my aesthetic. This training instilled the practice of looking closely and supplied a vast mental catalog of visual images to draw from. I am particularly drawn to color, abstraction and painterly texture. My work is rooted in the act of seeing – finding and revealing transcendence in the everyday stuff of the world. It is based in contemplative observation and an open-minded exploration of the visual. This process is simultaneously driven by an interest in formalism and an egalitarian worldview in which everything is worthy of contemplation."