When did you start working in photography? How did you find this path?
When I was about eight years old, I used my parents' Kodak to make snapshots of race cars, our cat, and my friends. Recognizing my interest, my grandfather bought me an advanced camera and took me on camping-photography trips in Door County. He explained lighting, composition, and introduced me to printing in a darkroom. My grandfather's lessons continue to have an impact - they influence my teaching and guide my practice.
What are you currently working on in the studio?
I recently learned how to screen print, which is a departure from working exclusively with lens based media. It's exciting to be working with an unfamiliar process. I've made bold patterns that riff on color, scale, and basic shapes. Additionally, I've been creating computer-rendered vignettes that are then printed with 19th century techniques. This hybrid workflow allows me to design with precision while the final piece is an object that is lush and a little magical.
How does your practice impact your teaching philosophy? And vice versa?
Laszlo Moholy-Nagy described the constant flow of learning and self-improvement as "restless experimentation". His philosophy is a framework for my practice and my teaching. In the classroom, I challenge students to create a path for themselves, to dialogue with peers, and accept successes and mistakes as part of the learning process. The advice I give to my students is similar to my own evolving philosophy.
What are you most looking forward to during your time teaching at PenArt?
This is my first workshop at PenArt, though I have been visiting the peninsula for many years. I look forward to merging my longstanding appreciation for Door County with new experiences at PenArt.
How can we find you and your work on social media and the web?
Via my website www.travisroozee.com and Instagram @travisroozee
Travis will be teaching Door County's Golden Hour August 7-10, 2017. Learn more about his workshop here.