Kerry Skarbakka’s Web site refers to German philosopher Martin Heidegger, who described human existence as a process of perpetual falling. This creates the frame work for much of the falling/tripping photographs in his series The Struggle to Right Oneself, for which Kerry has become known. However, he arrived at Light Work with a kayak strapped to his truck, ready to switch gears (and elements) to take his photographs underwater. He has since started to explore the murky waters of Central New York in search of fitting settings for his existentialist images. Early photographs in this new series, titled Fluid, can already be seen on his Web site. Central New York photographs are soon to come.
Kerry has shown his photographs internationally and has been acknowledged through numerous awards and grants, including a Creative Capital Foundation Grant in 2005. He has been featured in art magazines such as Aperture, Direct Art Magazine, Zoom International (Italy), Focus Magazine (Belgium), ArtReview International (UK), and more. He received his MFA at Columbia College, Chicago.