“To see the unseen, and feel the unfelt drives me to understand the human experience through storytelling. A search for new perspectives on the commonplace gives birth to surreal images that turn playful or refined, colorful or mute as the story dictates. With feminine characters and otherworldly settings, my work explores abstract concepts and intense emotions. Inspired by literature and history, my process starts with the essence of a character. After collecting thrift store finds and hand-making props, I pick up my camera. Once polished in post-processing, the image is ready to be printed on fine art paper.”
Nova Electra Wahl grew up in an artistic family, spending much time as a young child painting in her grandmother’s studio. With a heart for storytelling, she illustrated a children’s book before she could read, dictating the words to someone else. Once she mastered the alphabet, she consumed novels, often one a day. Classic literature and history still inspire her work.
While study English and Communication at Dixie State University, she discovered photography. The ability to create an imaginary world photographically fascinated her, but she didn’t think it could be more than a hobby. So after graduating, she took up wedding and portrait photography and graphic design.
Years later, learning to combine digital painting with photography drew her back to creating art. Interested in exploring abstract concepts and emotions through storytelling, she seeks to convey insight through beauty and wonder.
Dixie State University. B.S., Integrated Studies: English and Communication, 2010.
Publications and Media:
“Cactus.” The Southern Quill. 2011. Page 68.
“The Worn Path.” The Southern Quill. 2010. Page 49.
“Crescent Moon.” The Southern Quill. 2009. Page 37.