Chloe Wack is an MFA student in printmaking at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Chloe Wack grew up in Silver Spring, MD and later Charleston, SC. She received her AFA from Montgomery College in 2016 with a focus in Graphic Design, and received her BFA summa cum laude from Towson University in 2019 with a concentration in Illustration. Prior to beginning her studies at UTK, she worked in the commercial printing industry at an independent print shop as the head of embroidery and assistant shop manager.
My work is an exploration of the relationships, events, and memories that have affected me most heavily throughout my life. I manipulate and transform my personal photographs into prints and paintings as a way to work through the emotions and trauma that still affect me. I am interested in how viewers respond to my work; can someone with no relationship to the figures portrayed still see the love between a mother and her children, or the tension of a holiday family photo taken right before a couple gets divorced? I select pictures that reveal little passages of the underlying atmosphere, sorting through the posed family photos for ones where the cracks in our façade peek through. In this ongoing body of work, I share these feelings with my viewers in the hopes that they can emotionally connect with the concepts and relationships being represented.