One of the great things about the residency program at Second Sight Studios in Franklinton is that it's literal. Artists live at the Bellows Avenue atelier for six months.

One of the great things about the residency program at Second Sight Studios in Franklinton is that it's literal. Artists live at the Bellows Avenue atelier for six months.

Patricia Dasco, a photo illustration and digital media artist from East Canton, has taken full advantage. Dasco does much of her work on her computer, so she can get settled in at her kitchen table or on her bed, with earbuds in, and get to work.

Living in-studio isn't the only thing Dasco has benefitted from during her residency. She moved into Second Sight in October, just in time for her to capture ample images to work on throughout the winter. Dasco has also engaged with the art community in Columbus, including meeting some of the previous Second Sight residents, not the least of whom is owner Mona Gazala.

Dasco's closing exhibition is titled "The Exploration of Self-Portraiture." Dasco's technique is to layer images of nature or cityscape and self-portraits in Photoshop, applying various treatments and textures to the layered image until she is ready to move on to the next piece.

"I learned that I have to start by just doing something," Dasco said. "If I think too much or try to force subject matter, I'm not going to get anything done. I don't think; I just do."

Dasco said she is made aware of inspiration or themes in her work only once a piece is complete.

"It's interesting how my subconscious comes out it so many of them," Dasco said. "I make a work, and then after I've set it aside I can look at it and try to decide what my subconscious is telling me."

The self-portraits serve primarily as a visual element to Dasco's work, although she did say there is a humanizing element to their inclusion.

"When I take a self-portrait I'm not looking at the camera, I'm looking away or covering my face," she said. "But I do think that the work becomes more relatable with a human theme."