Samantha Lyn Aasen is an artist adapting to the southwest, as she holds on to her Midwestern mentalities. As a child she had dreams of becoming a writer, as she was an avid read and creator of an active blog at the age of 12. A car accident left her with a traumatic brain injury when she was fourteen. This led her to take creative arts classes, which she found helped her communicate her ideas and thoughts in visual representations.
Her suburban upbringing has her questioning female relationships and societal standards. Samantha identifies herself as a feminist artist. She uses her art as an exploration of her ambivalence of pop culture and desire to protect young girls from facing negative attitudes about themselves or from others.
Often she uses lens based media to form her artwork. Her ongoing body, titled Sparkle Baby, is constructed with photographs and video, using herself as the subject of the imagery she creates. Samantha also works in embroidery, beading, performance, web processes, and found objects. The idea or intent of the work drives the outcome of material.
Samantha Lyn Aasen has had exhibitions in Indiana, Arizona, Illinois, Nebraska, Maryland, and recently the UK. She holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Art in Photography from Herron School of Art and Design at Indiana University and a Studio Art MFA with an emphasis in Intermedia from Arizona State University. Currently she teaches at the Maricopa Community Colleges, and volunteers with Girls Rock! Phoenix.
Samantha Lyn Aasen, Glitter Leg, 2015 (photograph)