David Wiinikka-Lydon

Winston-Salem, NC | Exhibiting Since

I am fascinated by the power of imagery to evoke memories and emotions. After decades of experimenting, I realized I fluctuate between very classic but moody photos and experimental mixed media work. It took quite some time to be comfortable in both worlds. With my photos, I look to evoke a mood rather than recreate a specific, particular place. With my mixed media work, though some see it as just texture, I invite viewers to explore their own memories and emotions. Usually I start by overlapping my own digital photos – “tangling” various moments of my life. Once printed, I embellish to add richness with materials such as charcoal, graphite, silver or gold leaf, and pastels, which also creates sort of a final once-of-a-kind stamp.