I like Carol Dunn also love color and texture found in nature. Dunn has also recently included technology in her work. I also love the use of technology. I take photographs and manipulate them in photoshop to come up with ideas on what I want to paint. Sometimes I even take my paintings and put them in photoshop so I can play with color and textures. Dunn uses printmaking and collage and transparent images similar to my work. I like her use of different textures and would like to incorporate more of a variety of textures in my next pieces. I like the original ways that she uses printmaking. In the second painting she created this image by scanning several of the silk monotypes then combined the images in Photoshop, and altered the way the layers interacted with each other. The result was 3 variations of the image--which she then printed on black paper that I had painted with white acrylic paint. I like her variance of printing. I want to work more with printmaking using a variety of techniques. This work has really inspired me.
Tomaselli works similar to me in that he uses collage, while incorporating unconventional materials and depicting surreal scenes on wood panels. He layers photographic cutouts placed into winding patterns. He quotes: “For me art is primarily about perception and how it modifies perception… The picture is a window to another reality and there is this other world represented in a painting, which has been changed through visiting other realities.” I could really relate to his fantastic, alien landscapes, populated with ideas and images sourced that are based on his personal life experiences. My work is also inspired by my life experiences of divorce, death, single parenting, breast cancer, etc. The two middle pieces are my work and I have included collage with organic shapes in a surreal landscapes. Tomaselli's work has made me think about my next artworks. I like the structured part of his work yet carefree playfullness and emotional side. Its like he is in another world when creating these works. I want to go even more surreal in my work. Really take the viewer to another reality. In his work it encourages the viewer to get up close and personal and that is my objective in my work.
What attracted me to Evans' work at first was his color palette. Then I saw his installations and became more interested in his practice. Obviously his influence is Matisse's famous collages. He plays with the present and memories which is an interesting idea and approach. My work is about memories of life experiences yet those memories still affect my life today. So even though I am focusing on my experiences, i am indicating how those experiences influences the choices I make now. Making the work relevant today and not being stuck in the past is a struggle. The multi layering. the constant changing of the work is all apart of that struggle to find a balance between how I live my life today and how my experiences of the past have influenced me. I love the installation work Evans does It is chaotic to me yet in a structural way. I would like my work to show some chaos, yet some form of purposefulness.
I saw Jose Parla at the SCAD Museum today. His work is incredible. Pictures do not do it justice. The large scale work with graphite, words, textures and color are so phenomenal. The works at SCAD did not have figures on them. But when I got home I looked him up and saw he also included figures. Well I was blown away. This is the kind of work I have been looking for to aspire to. I am so excited by this artist. Hi work is about his culture where my work is about my experiences, but we do have common ground. I love the large scale and emotions he brings into the paintings. He also does sculpture pieces with his work. I envision someday my work including either sculpture or installation. I can see my work going in this direction. Where he has many layers and uses a variety of materials similar to my work. I was very inspired by his work today and glad I saw it in person it really made a difference.