100 Creatives

47: Sean Deckert

When we last put the spotlight on 100 creative forces in Phoenix, it was no secret there were more than 100 individuals who were making waves in the local arts community. So as we count down to our annual Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives.

Sean Deckert graduated from ASU with a BFA in photography this year, but he's not about to take a vacation.

He's been busy working on some infrared-related work exploring the social landscape of Phoenix and beyond with a focus on Urban Heat Island. He says he also just returned from a residency at Red Gate Gallery in Beijing.

I came to Phoenix with ... a Daewoo hatchback full of stuff and a dream to make it big.

I make art because ... it gives me a language to talk about the way I see the world. Photography specifically lends itself to a stronger form of representing what I see around me.

I'm most productive when ... I have a full Americano and a dead phone battery. Usually I post up at a coffee shop and dig in to all my digital darkroom work, emails and nonsense internet surfing.

My inspiration wall is full of ... a collection of videos, photos, and other visuals on my phone. If I see something I like I photograph it. I also love to upload my own videos and watch them between tasks to keep them in my mind. I am in between studios right now, but I usually have a huge cork board with my most recent photos on it. Seeing them all the time helps me cognitively figure out what I'm doing.

I've learned the most from ... taking a ton of bad pictures...and some good ones too. The best photographers have also taken the most bad pictures out of all of us.

Good work should always ... say something personal about the artist that made it, while still being able to relate to complete strangers.

The Phoenix creative scene could use more ... public art opportunities for local artists. I only know of two right now that are funded. I'd really like to tackle a public art piece in the near future. More INFLUX projects would be very cool.

The Creatives, so far ... (And while you're here, check out 100 Tastemakers on Chow Bella.)

100:Lara Plecas 99. Isaac Caruso 98. Brandon Gore 97. Kelsey Dake 96. Hector Ruiz 95. Caroline Battle 94: Jennifer Campbell 93. Jeff Chabot 92. Tiffiney Yazzie 91. Daniel Germani 90. Irma Sanchez 89. Daniel m. Davis 88. Kirstin Van Cleef 87. Emmett Potter 86. Sarah Hurwitz 85. Christine Cassano 84. Fred Tieken 83. Lindsay Kinkade 82. Ruben Galicia 81. Robert Uribe 80. Heidi Abrahamson 79. Josephine Davis 78. Travis Ladue 77. Taz Loomans 76. Mikey Jackson 75. Alex Empty 74. Joe Ray 73. Carol Roque 72. Daniel Funkhouser 71. Carla Chavarria 70. Hugo Medina 69. Cavin Costello 68. Claire Carter 67. Lindsay Tingstrom 66. Catherine Ruane 65. Christopher Crosby 64. Aaron Johnson 63. Brenda Eden 62. Colton Brock 61. Ernesto Moncada 60. Benjamin Phillips 59. Brad Armstrong 58. Angela Hardison 57. Tyler Quinn 56. Andrew James Benson 55. Charles Anthony Darr 54: Tiffe Fermaint 53. Eric Cox 52. Victor Vasquez 51. John Randall Nelson 50. Lauren Lee 49. Kyle Jordre 48. Julie C. Kent

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