Whitney Erin Wernick (b. 1995) received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photographic and Studio Art practices from Santa Fe University of Art and Design in 2018. Wernick is an American artist who shares her connection with nature, her body, and today's harsh yet beautiful world, using an unforgiving and in-your-face creative technique. Wernick's focus includes self-portraits, the natural world, exploring the female experience, fashion, and abstract nude photography while highlighting the world's controversial, social and environmental issues.
In collaborating with her subjects - herself, nature, and others - she utilizes each experience to uncover the softness and rarity that can lie within connection, self-love, vitality, and the human psyche. Inspired by Baroque, Impressionist, Surrealist, and Contemporary artists and poets, Wernick evolves her identity daily through various mediums: oil and acrylic paints, inks, analog, and digital photography, alternative processes (tintypes and cyanotypes), collage, video, installation (indoor and outdoor), mixed media, and natural paints using the earth, mineral pigments, and organic ingredients.
Wernick has 12+ years of experience working with clients from artists, musicians, jewelers, photographers, sculptors, galleries, private investors, non-profit arts organizations, and more as a photographer, editor, consultant, creative director, juror, and assistant. Her work is included in private collections, homes, and offices around the United States. While previously living in New Mexico for eight years, Wernick had the opportunity to work with several acclaimed artists, including fashion, commercial, and fine art photographer Peter Ogilvie, sculptor Tom Joyce, and photographer and writer Don Usner. Since 2017, Wernick has worked for CENTER, a non-profit arts organization based in Santa Fe, NM, dedicated to supporting lens-based artists through education, public platforms, funding, and partnerships. Starting as a volunteer for CENTER's Review Santa Fe Symposium, she is currently the Programs Manager.
Wernick has spent the last two years reconnecting with her practice and family and can be found traveling between Texas, Michigan, Arkansas, and New Mexico. She is available for commissioned and contract work, both remote and in-person.
Contact her directly via email, or through her website.
Tintype collaboration with Gustavo Castilla
“She is never hesitant to speak out, and through her work, she is always pushing boundaries, which often forces the viewer to feel uncomfortable and to question their assumptions."
TONY O'BRIEN - SFUAD PHOTOGRAPHY DEPT. CHAIR
quote from the May 10, 2018, interview "The last of the graduates" for the Santa Fe New Mexican
“Simply WOW. I am not sure how she does it all, but she does! Thank You."
PRIVATE MARKETING & WEB DESIGN CLIENT