2020 Viola Award Finalist for Emerging Artist
Talaina Kor is a Flagstaff based digital artist that uses photography and editing techniques to create surreal and often macabre pieces of art. She studied at the California College of the Arts and the Art Institute of Chicago. This past year, Talaina Kor has shown her work at the Coconino Center for the Arts twice. One being her own solo exhibit, Color Study, an endeavor Kor took on starting in 2016. Her newest collection is a flurry of surrealist images inspired by the artist Phillip Lorca-DiCorcia’s use of lighting. Her own photographs utilize unconventional light sources that enthralls observers and doesn’t let them look away.
In 2019 along with the two exhibitions at the Coconino Center for the Arts her work was featured in FlagLive twice, NAZ Mountain Living Magazine, the Phoenix New Times, and was Prior to that, she had been exhibited her work at a number of venues throughout
Flagstaff including State Bar, Firecreek and Mountain Oasis. Her work was displayed at local events, FemFest and RIOT! Fest, the Hive and the HeArt Box. She was also featured in VoyagePhoenix magazine.
She first learned photography at 16 using a flip phone, then upgraded to a basic SLR. She is self taught and in 2014 at the age of 18 had already earned a name for herself by creating a billboard for the City of Holbrook and was awarded Youth of the Year in that community.
She has been a part of group exhibitions including Bed Rest at the Unexpected Art Gallery in Phoenix and False Face at Reinhardt University in Waleska, Ga., she also took part in an exhibition at the California College of the Arts.
Talaina enjoys working with local musicians and artists to create work. She has done album artwork for local musicians such as Reverend Gabe & His Priestly Duties and Lav Andula. She works with people to make sure they can afford to work with her by either trading goods and services or setting up a payment plan. This allows local artists to work together without feeling constrained by money, promoting both Talaina and the Flagstaff arts ecosystem as a whole.