Dana Stirling is a still life and fine art photographer, currently based in Queens, NY. She received her MFA from The School Of Visual Arts in Photography, Video, and Related Media in 2016 and her BA from Hadassah College Jerusalem in Photographic Communications in 2013. Besides working on her personal projects, Dana is also the Co-Founder & Editor In-Chief of Float Photo Magazine.
She was born in Israel, to a European family, what ended up having a big influence on Dana’s personal life and artistic practice."The house within culturally stayed European but outside was the Israeli controversial culture.
I always felt a misfit with my partial incomplete identity; torn apart between parents who have never blended in to the Middle Eastern culture I felt only half belonged too,” shared the peak of her childhood Dana.
Presented project Cache is an attempt to look for the identity, which has become unconsciously displaced. Dana dig into the old photographs and hunt deep into her memory to revive the memories and stories narrated by her parents. "I remember hearing of snow, youth and happiness. Stories of happier days. The stories held on to the memories of time and culture that I wasn’t a part of,” Dana recalls. Childhood plays an important role in our existence and Dana felt a need to express her early experiences. Being an artist, she thought of converting these memories into a body of a work, carrying photographs of the place, she currently lives. She started to search for moments and objects, which reflect her early memories, granting them with eternity by capturing them.