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Ericka Jones-Craven

Ericka Jones-Craven

BA Student Religion & Art Photography

 I decided to add Religion as a second major because it helps me to question and to perfect my aesthetic decisions in art photography. 

As a major in Art Photography, I work in a variety of mediums, ranging from cinema and digital photography to art video and design. I decided to add Religion as a second major because it helps me to question and to perfect my aesthetic decisions. Religion has always been a physical part of my life. Going to worship services, dressing to fit the part, dancing and kneeling were major parts of my early experiences in a religious family and community. After years of participating in these rituals, I eventually began to wonder how religion actually influenced my spiritual, emotional and mental orientation. I asked myself: How does being a religious-minded individual influence my self-awareness? Do my religious thoughts and experiences play an active role in my studies, specifically my art? These unanswered questions led me to investigate the world of non-traditional and traditional religions. The Religion Department offered an array of courses that genuinely targeted my interests—from storytelling to digital art to queer religion—and that allowed me to explore religion from a variety of academic perspectives. With each course that I took, I was introduced to a new way of thinking—and creating. The academic study of religion compels me to question and to perfect my aesthetic decisions by stimulating my intellectual curiosity. Although my art isn't always religious, I often incorporate themes of spirituality, culture and religion into my photographs.