April 4 - April 29
Artists Reception: Friday, April 29, 2016 5:00-6:00PM
What I find most interesting about artwork is its commentary on the time period in which it was created. I enjoy artists who make statements about prevalent controversies such as Banksy, Picasso, and the Dada artists. I believe that art is a powerful tool which can be used to evoking social reflection and change. For example hearing thousands of people are living in poverty does not have the same impact as a photograph of slums in India. Art makes issues relatable and personal in a way statistics never could.
My exhibit takes current controversial topics and conveys them in their light and darkness in an attempt to expose a truth in their entirety. I often find the way middle class America responds to injustice disturbing. The majority of us seem to only take action if we are immediately and directly disadvantaged by a corrupt practice and even then we are lackadaisical to take ownership of our circumstance and put solutions into practice. Due to the technology of our current time period we are privy to a plethora of different inhuman practices occurring all over the world. When most people see a corrupt system exposed they simply comment on how sad it is and then scroll onward to something more upbeat or change the channel.
Some of us treat these instances as if they are fictional stories being told to us and don’t get the sense that we are part of the story ourselves and can impact the outcome. In these pieces I try to bridge the distance and allow the viewer to see how they fit into the equation. My goal is not to shame Americans and other first world natives but to make viewers acknowledge and take ownership of their role in the world so they may become more compassionate in their daily lives when buying products, voting, debating war, and disposing of waste.
The process I used to create these pieces includes multiple stages of media. First I sketched illustrations using graphite and a sketch pad. Next I went over the lines with a fine tip Sharpie. Then I scanned my drawings onto the computer and use Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign to add color and edit. Lastly I printed and frame the digital illustrations.
My style is somewhat cartoonish and satirical. The playfulness of these pieces is meant to juxtapose the seriousness of the topics and mock the way first world people nonchalantly refer to devastating circumstances as if they are not non- fiction.
My senior project consists of digital illustration based on original photographs. The focus is on fallen down, dilapidated, and rotting structures. These images are illustrated in gray scale with bright colors incorporated throughout to emphasize the decay within the structures.
These objects are brought back to their former glory with the addition of the colors amongst the grays. The colors work with the grays to create an image that focuses on the destruction of the subjects and revitalizes them bringing back their newness.
I used a “painterly style” with blobs of gray and bright colors. My style is blotchy up-close, and more photorealistic from further away. The grays combine together to create each piece of the composition. Each small section of color works together to create the whole image and emphasizes the rotted sections of the structures.
I have always been drawn to the energy in artwork and exploring how that energy moves within the composition, literally and figuratively. My senior exhibition is a collection of illustrations created for viewers to experience energy in the same way. The photographs and prints have been generated or inspired by my pinhole and digital photography. I enjoy working with these forms of media because I feel they are essential to understanding and appreciating the history of art and its place in society.
Using the pinhole photography method lends a sense of accomplishment that simply does not compare to using a digital camera, or even a 35 millimeter for that matter. I have not encountered the character in other photography techniques that I have captured using this approach and although the images can be corrected or perfected using computer programs I prefer to remain true to the integrity of the original medium. Having to rely on the sunlight, the movement of the air, and elements of the seasons to get a shot at sunrise, sunset, or in the rain is a challenge I love. I find the same challenge in printmaking when considering the depth of an etching or carving and attempting to reveal a light source within the composition. I respect the time and perseverance involved in producing quality work in these media.
“In art the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can inspire.” Ralph Waldo Emerson is credited with saying that phrase, and it is a quote that I have held dear to me since I first read it in High School during a calligraphy lesson. As I continue to create art today in various media, I aim to be inspired by my heart and execute what it desires.
In my photography I am inspired by the beauty and colors that you can find in everyday circumstances. When you are walking through a park admiring the nice sunny weather, I tend to be admiring the bring green of the grass, and the leaves as they almost glow on the trees. The sky being a pure cloudless blue and every little detail around me seems to stand out more than ever before. It is my goal to capture these colors and details, and be able to share them with people the same way I view them. Maybe I will even inspire them to see the details next time, or they will see what has inspired my heart to capture the moment.
Throughout my college years I have experimented with several different mediums and have settled on one that I am most comfortable with, oil paints. I love the feel of oil paints and how it is easily bent to do whatever I want it to, with little difficulty. It can be thick and textured or thin and smooth; it is all up to the artist.
This semester I have decided to look into abstract paintings. I will be abstracting all different kinds of fruits from pears and oranges to mangos and coconuts. My focus of abstracting each fruit is the way that the juice flows when they are cut open. I chose to abstract fruits for the colors, as a lot of them have rich colors, making them the perfect subject matter for me because I love color. I love using primary and secondary colors right next to each other to create a large contrast. Doing so sometimes makes my paintings very bright while other times it will make them more neutral.
I am using Masonite board to experiment with how the paint looks on it. I also will be using bigger pieces of Masonite than I have in the past allowing me to paint bigger and with larger brush strokes giving each abstract piece a unique look. It will allow me to be more experimental in my work instead of looking at a picture to determine what I am doing. I mostly rely on my emotions and feelings to know what to paint. The process of painting is very therapeutic for me, which why I feel emotionally drained after painting for several hours.