Posts tagged Color
Colorful and Textured Paintings Claire Whitehurst
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Claire Whitehurst is an artist living and working in Iowa City, Iowa, where she is teaching and pursuing her MFA in Painting at the University of Iowa. She was born in Louisiana and raised in Mississippi, earning her BFA at the University of Mississippi, and a Post Baccalaureate degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in Philadelphia, PA. Her work can be found in private collections throughout the United States, and abroad in France and Germany. She has permanent public commissioned installations in Jackson, Mississippi, and in St. Jude’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. She received the Stanley Foundation Grant for International Research to study the formal and sculptural qualities of cave paintings in the Dordogne region of France. Her work explores the liminality between physical and psychological relationships of sense and emotion, the characteristics within the surface of objects as a mythology, and the possibility of narrative through an object’s formal qualities.

Statement

 

Suspended in a state between representation and abstraction, my pictures rely on the surfaces from which they appear for context inside of a structure of color, texture, and symbol. The surfaces often dictate the images that are produced – leaving some room for a sense of autonomy. I’m interested in the boundaries of clarity and misunderstanding, and how those boundaries react to our reliance on the arrangements of symbols and characteristics inside of our own of logic and sense-making. The psychic distance between a viewer and an object can change and pivot depending on what associations their environments provide at any point in time. The tertiary space that follows where logic and idea manipulate is where I’m most interested and engaged. The possibility for an image to confuse and describe simultaneously is what I want out of the images I make.

www.caoimhediamondartist.com

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Drawing Characters from Everyday Life | Interview with Johana Kroft

Interview by Sarah Mills

Johana Kroft is an illustrator and designer coming from the Czech Republic. After living in London and establishing a studio Idea & Maker with her husband she is now working worldwide. Together they collaborate at a broad spectrum of fields varying from experience, entertainment, advertisement and technology. They bring unique visuals in the form of thoughtful craft and storytelling.

Interpreting her minimalistic style in both 2D and 3D worlds in various styles and techniques. Creating illustrations and motion design videos. Her personal work is elegant and poetic. Inspired by travelling, dogs and emotions.

www.johanakroft.com

On your website, you talk about your love of creating characters and the inspiration you take from your dog Panda. Can you tell us more about your characters and what goes into creating them?

I usually imagine an everyday situation that people know and can relate to. It could be sad, funny, melancholic, or romantic. And most of the time it's more than just one feeling.

I had always drawn characters as dogs or cats, even when I was a kid. My dog is a huge drama queen, and a lot is happening in her life. I'm trying to catch her feelings and situations and share them with people. She makes us happy every day, and I want to keep her character alive forever with my work. A mix breed of Parson Russell, sausage dog and maybe Whippet. That is unstoppable, smart, and scared of everything, a combination of feelings. She is very special.

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You have a very specific color, palette. Is there a reason behind your color choices?

I don't. I always start from scratch with every project, because different colors have a different feeling. I see what works and I build on that, keeping it minimalistic. I think a lot of color combinations come from traveling to a foreign country, but you can go to another city, neighboorhood or a street.

Of course, there is a lot of practice to it. Back in the days when I started with design, I didn't have an idea of how to combine the colors. Pinterest is a great source of inspiration. I use it for creating mood-boards. I look at old paintings from masters like Mattise, Paul Klee, Kandinsky or Picasso. One of the exhibitions I saw recently was by Lee Krasner, and I was incredible as I'm in love with abstract paintings. She is definitely a huge inspiration for me.

Another inspiration is Japanese culture – a minimalistic and very clean style with beautiful shapes. One book that I would recommend is A Dictionary of Color Combinations and one more that I like because of colors is Made in North Korea by Nick Bonner. You can explore many beautiful color palettes in books. I'm always looking for palettes that are unfamiliar to me and that I've never seen before. That's what inspires me.

Along with your personal work, you co-founded a studio. What inspired you to begin Idea & Maker?

Ever since my husband and I met, we'd had this idea to start a studio. We have always felt that our skills matched. He is more technical and likes precision, symmetry, and his decisions are based on reason. My decisions are based on feelings, and my work is emotional, colorful, and asymmetrical. But at the same time, we like the same stuff, such as nature, art, design, architecture, traveling, technology, animals, books, movies, etc. We are like 2 hemispheres of one brain haha!

Both of us worked together now and then on a few projects as freelancers, and it worked, so it just made sense to start a studio together, which was possible in London. We decided to make a website and take it very seriously.

Our first project was a 1-second long product video for Coco&Eve, which is a fantastic hair mask. And it was beautiful to work on a product that we also believe in. On top of that, the people were very cool, and we were given a lot of freedom. The project was very successful. We were featured on Behance and got more opportunities because of it. Watch the video here: https://ideaandmaker.com/cocoandeve

What we like to do is practice our craft on personal projects. We are playing with a combination of 2d and 3d animation. That's something we love. We also collaborate with other productions and agencies. We have an amazing relationship with Unit9. We helped them with a very cool project for Google. And we are very proud of it! We are a small studio, but because of our diversity of skills, we can execute more complicated briefs.

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On Idea & Maker's home page it says, "we craft stories," can you tell us more about your role as a storyteller and creator?

I am not the biggest fan of making roles in the studio. I have a feeling that anyone can be anything if he/she wants. Especially in the creative industry. I started as a designer - after a few years, I wondered if I could be an illustrator, art director, or maybe storyteller. My husband started as a designer, he was doing a little bit of illustration, UX/UI, he switched to motion design, then freelancing as a 3D generalist and now he's building his setups in Houdini. As a studio, we are always switching roles. I can be a producer, art director, designer, motion designer, illustrator, modeler, and storyboard artist in one day. I do everything from an idea to making it. It is all about learning something new every day, and I like that a lot!

We are always excited to approach a brief in a way we feel is right, and because we know how things are made, we can see where difficulties may occur. With that in mind, our building blocks are more stable, and we don't have any issues when it comes to production. 'We craft stories' means that we do everything from beginning to end, and the message or story is not lost somewhere in the middle.

What is currently a source of inspiration for you?

We go to galleries a lot! London's got the best exhibitions in Tate Modern and Saatchi Gallery. There is always something that pushes you or inspires you on the next level when you are open to new experiences. I'm reading Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawkings at the moment, and it's definitely something that inspires me a lot. I'm also motivated by talks. Seeing people's hard work is very important to me.

We have decided to move out of London for a little while and explore the world, so I am totally excited about what the future brings. We want to meet people from different countries and cultures. I love new stories and new beginnings. I have never been scared to start something new when I feel uninspired. The last few years I have only lived in cities, and while there are many new impulses, it can sometimes feel like too many. Now I have a feeling that we need to absorb that, explore a bit of nature, and find a new beautiful.

Self-Expression and Healing in the Abstract Paintings by Svitlana Martynjuk
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The use of powerful colors within my work has been an important part of my own healing and learning process. Every speckle, every brush stroke has purpose in the exploration of self and tells a story through the safe space of each canvas. My history, my culture, my purpose. An identity lost amongst the expectations of society and its constant mislabeling of body and meaning. I represent these struggles and my existence through a vibrant palette to show not only the freedom to exist as I am, but to find joy in these tangled emotions and portray the brighter side of letting go.

About

Svitlana Martynjuk was born and raised in the beautiful western capital region of Rivne, Ukraine. The memories of her great-grandmother’s quaint cottage home, nestled in the quiet Ukrainian countryside, bring to her many fond emotions and influence much of her work today.

Svitlana’s interest in art has been born the second she remembered sitting on her mom’s lap as a child, drawing with a blue pencil. She later would move to the United States where she completed her education in Fine Arts, Psychology, and Strategic Management. Inspired by the human mind and with a fascination for nature, she is a traveler at heart and appreciates experience through interaction and exploring the complexities of diversity in people. Her work is in private collections all over the world and includes a wide array of commissioned pieces, published book illustrations, and collaborations with both West Elm, Minted, to name a few.

There Are No Rules | Kristi Kohut
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Join us on a special episode in which Kat gets to know artist Kristi Kohut. The artist shares about the transition from working in advertising to being a full-time artist and gives us a glimpse into her world. 

This episode covers: 

  • Overcoming the fear of putting your work out there

  • Creating your own rules and running an art business on your terms

  • Kristi's work and inspiration

  • Delegating tasks

  • Staying inspired and more! 

Kristi's journey as an artist began after taking time off from her job as an advertising director when her son was born in 2007. Kristi found that she had a creative force rising from her core, so she picked up a brush and began painting. In a month, her studio was filled with canvases from wall to wall and she knew she was onto something. After honing her craft for several years, Kristi was ready to market her work. But the typical artist's path and exclusive representation didn't feel like a fit — she wanted to connect one-on-one with potential buyers. Bucking the norm at the time, Kristi sold her art online and began sharing her story on Instagram. In one click, someone could become a collector and own a first edition, and in one message a person could have a conversation with Kristi. The direct-to-consumer approach was not only personally fulfilling for her, it was also a strategic decision. Kristi was out to build a true business and prove that fine art could be sold and scaled online. And so she did.

Today, Kristi's work has been featured in over 70 publications, including Architectural DigestElle DecorForbes and World of Interiors, and purchased by entrepreneurs, Hall of Fame athletes and magazine editors across four continents.

Color Washed Photography Inspired by Nature By Kristin Hart
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"Color washed Photography inspired by nature." 

Kristin Hart is a Florida based artist. Her pieces have a sense of calmness and dreamlike, almost otherworldly beauty. Often while editing, she adds washes of soft pastel color and accentuates the light to help express the emotions that she felt in that moment in time. Kristin's photography is a self-reflective and emotional journey, a way for her to document and visually express what is inside of her, with the primary objective of making the viewer feel a sense of peaceful and spiritual elevation.

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Color Pops by Su Knoll Horty
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Color. Form. Space. Once only childish playmates, this tempestuous trio has become a passion for Su Knoll Horty.  Her love of bold colors and abstracted space has been inspired by the work of Nicolas de Staël, Josef Albers, Richard Diebenkorn and David Hockney. Exploring the power of color to elicit emotion, Su sees it as her task to convey the exuberance she feels when working with the saturated colors in her painting. She is also fascinated by the spatial dimensions, which can develop through the relationship of colors.  That’s passion. Once you’re in its Jack Russell grip, there’s no shaking it off – no matter where life takes you.

In 2012, Su completed the CE Core Curriculum Program at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (Pafa). Su continues with Master Classes at Pafa. She received an Award of Merit by Manhattan Arts International in the online exhibition of The Healing Power of Art 2019. Su is a member of the Philadelphia Sketch Club and received two Honorable Mention awards for her entries in the Absolutely Abstract shows, in 2012 and 2013 as well as being a juror in the 2015 Absolutely Abstract Show. Su exhibits regularly and has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows, including The Biggs Museum of American Art. Her work is held in the Camden County Art Bank in New Jersey and in numerous private collections.

Su Knoll Horty is represented by Bluestone Fine Art Gallery in Old City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and has recently exhibited at SOMA NewArt Gallery in Cape May, New Jersey.  From 2012 until 2019, Su displayed her paintings in Senator Chris Coons’ Washington, D.C. office.

Artist Statement:

Moving beyond the stain to a more fluid style of painting is what’s on my mind these days. The paint stain is still there during the inception of a painting, but it is more of a building block than a final presentation of schematic color. Gone too, for the moment, are the straight edges. I’m exploring fluidity, in all its measures: organic form, undulating movement, saturated ‘liquid’ color, and stylized gestural marks. It’s through fluidity that I find color to be most expressive. The challenges of creating visual depth through vibrant color, along with subtle and not so subtle shifts in tone are the things exciting me now in the studio, The depth and unexpected form that comes from working with intense color is giving me tremendous satisfaction and leading me into intriguing directions.

Color relationships are still important to me, as are tonal variations. With highly saturated pigments, building form through variation in tone is possible in new ways and presents a deeper ambiguity of space in my work. This ambiguity allows viewers to find what they will in my paintings. This is important to me because I want my viewers to find something they relate to in my work, making each viewing experience unique. 

My latest works offer an intriguing spectacle of color and form, which I call Color Pops.

Website: www.suknollhorty.com

Instagram: @su_knoll_horty

E-mail: sckh@comcast.net

'Moment', Making Art's New Film on Landscape Artist Sarah Winkler

Landscape artist, Sarah Winkler, sums up our spiritual need for the wilderness in Making Art’s newly released film, ‘Moment.’

“We need the experience of being romantically and poetically lost in the wilderness, and being found again”

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Erika Pajarillo Creates Vibrant Illustrations of Women in Their Environments
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Erika Pajarillo is an illustrator based in Brooklyn, New York. Her illustrations feature lush drawn environments of women and nature, which stems from the world in her sketchbook. Working both digitally and traditionally, Erika’s illustrations extend to typographic design, surface and pattern design, and even embroidery.

www.erikapajarillo.com

Philadelphia 'Summer Rush' All Female Art Exhibition at James Oliver Gallery
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Summer Rush will be curated by and take place at James Oliver Gallery as well as their sister gallery HOT•BED, where custom horticulture by Bryan Hoffman will accentuate the organic feel and intense color pallets of this show. The incredible line-up includes a diverse array of works by artists: Michele Kishita, M.K. Komins, Elizabeth Bergeland, Nat Girsberger, Alicia LaChance, Juliet Sugg, Kristen Reichert, Caitlyn Grabenstein, Molly Goldfarb, Ekaterina Popova, Erica Bello, Katelyn Liepins, and Nikki Painter. 

The scope of media includes abstract, surreal and hyper-realistic painting, collage, illustration, jewelry, and much, much more. Summer Rush will magnify the entropy of the season and eviscerate a notion of excitement and activity brewing and cultivating in our spaces. Don’t miss this enticing exhibition! 

The exhibition will be on view from July 13 - August 31, 2019

For more information or private viewings, please contact jamesolivergallery@gmail.com or by phone at 267-918-7432.

www.jamesolivergallery.com

Jiaranai Apaipak
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Born in Thailand, Jiaranai grew up in India, New Zealand, and the United States. She received her BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia before moving to Toronto, Ontario to work as an art teacher and manager of a small art school. She graduated with an MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2017. She lives in New York and works in Jersey City.

Statement

The main subjects of my work are genderless creatures that are representational of me in a particular mental state that is in the lonely, self-doubt kind of place. It has nothing to do with the physical world but your mental state. They are not sexy, and they are awkward. They have fat rolls, and there is no attempt to make them glamorous. I try to focus on displaying honest, exorcism feelings. The swirls occupy colorful environments. The emotions shown on the creature's faces reflect a food coma state. To be in that space, you would believe there is a happy, smiling character because of the colors but it is not. It’s like being in New York City, you should be happy and excited, but often times you’re exhausted. I am also exploring how the environment we live in can make us feel isolated even when many people surround us. The loner dreads their isolation until eventually that feeling of dread becomes the joy and in their isolation, they find solitude. A Happy Lonely Place is the feeling of loneliness that becomes like home.

www.jiaranaiapaipak.com

Qiurui Du
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Qiurui Du is an artist from Beijing, China and is currently based in New York City. Having grown up in an artistic family his love of art grew tremendously. Queer identity and life experience give Qiurui a unique point of views and inspirations in art. As an introverted person, he expressed all his emotions and ideas through colors and images, and he believes art is a way to tell stories. In Qiurui’s work, he deconstructs his inner fears, love, and Chinese pop cultures, and the subject matter in Qiurui’s artworks is also inspired by his surroundings as well as daily experiences within the social framework. He creates corny scenarios with bright colors and flat images to bring the viewers into an illusionary dimension, where reality and imagination have been combined. In the Qiurui’s recent solo exhibition “A Bizarre World” (May, 2018), he has explored his childhood memories in his hometown Beijing with the particular attention to the social conflict and pop cultures that were influenced by China’s tremendous development and used acrylic to create a colorful imaginary world with black senses of humor to address the social issues, such as environmental problems, the conflict between poor and rich, and traditional Chinese lifestyle in Modern Chinese society.

Statement

The series of paintings "The Adventure Of Dama Wang" is inspired by my childhood memories with my grandmother. My grandmother liked to take a walk with me after dinner every day. It was like an adventure because every day we could see different people and discover exciting events in the city. In the artwork, I have explored my childhood memories with the particular attention to the social conflict. The character - an old lady with a purple cloth and big hair is a representation of a group of middle-aged Chinese women who rushed to purchase gold and stocks as an investment without thinking. They were also profoundly influenced by Chinese tradition, willing to serve in the household and concerned about daily expenses in a developing society. Through the character's eyes, she sees a " Pengci" ( It is a Chinese term referring to the practice of scam such as being hit by a car intentionally for money ), characters from Nothern Chinese Nianhua, and people who enjoy their happy hour. The corny scenarios with bright colors, characters, in which are inspired by people I saw in Chinese memes and pop culture, and flat images bring the audiences into an illusionary dimension, where reality and imagination have been combined. It is a satire and a celebration of modern Chinese society.

Instagram: @qiuruidu   

www.duqiurui.com

Rebecka Skog
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Born in Sweden, Stockholm in 1986.

She likes to travel, discover other cultures and fixation by all the colors found in culinary dishes, in music, and in any artistic discipline.

Rebecka has exhibited in different European cities, (London, Madrid, Barcelona, Vienna) and publications in magazines such as Elle, Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire.

She is currently living between the Canary Islands and Copenhagen working on different projects.

www.rebeckaskog.com

Crystal Latimer
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Crystal is currently a full-time painter based out of Pittsburgh, PA. She is represented by BoxHeart Gallery and Studio Director at Radiant Hall Susquehanna. Crystal completed her BFA Slippery Rock University. She then went to receive an MA and MFA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2013 and 2016, respectively.

Crystal's work has been shown extensively in both solo and group exhibitions, including at the Pittsburgh International Airport, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Chautauqua Institution, The Mine Factory, George Washington University, and Framehouse and Jask among others. She has shown her work in Hong Kong, China, as well as participated in a residency at the Joaquin Chaverri Fabrica de Carretas in Sarchi, Costa Rica. Crystal's work has been featured in Local Arts PGH, Art Maze Magazine, Ruminate Magazine, and Fresh Paint Magazine. Her work is included in both public and private collections including those of Indiana State University of Pennsylvania, PNC Corporate, the Benter Foundation, and Wyndham Tryp.

Statement

I stood at a Wal-Mart in Escazu, Costa Rica, and felt like I was experiencing that moment in late autumn when you realize that all the fiery reds and oranges had faded and fallen to the ground. My life had been a staccato of visits to my mother’s native Costa Rica and, in that second, I realized that I was witnessing the dilution of the vibrant culture.

My paintings explore the hybridity of Western and Latin American identity. For me, understanding identity, and its existence within a historical context does not assume a position in words, but in shape. Embedded in my compositions is Latin American culture: its intricate folk arts, tropical flora, and warm hues; while graffiti tags, bold mark making, and images of conquest interrupt this patchwork of shape and color. Patterns, both traditional and commercial, are fragmented and pieced together. Colors infused with Latin flavor are diluted by a ubiquitous white. Organic, blooming forms are contrasted by flat or rigid fields. My paintings use the tools of paint and brush to consider the colonization of Latin America, and its continuing role as “colony” in Western society. Without taking a political stance, I aim to draw attention to the visual tapestries and unknown histories of this underrepresented area.

www.crystallatimer.com


Complexity Through Minimal Expression: Interview with Yihong Hsu
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Yihong Hsu has an interesting multi-cultural background. She was born in Seoul, Korea as 3rd generation Chinese immigrants. She received American education since elementary school to college. She now lives permanently in Hong Kong.

 Yihong Hsu received her Bachelor of Art in Graphic Design at  Maryland Institute, College of Art, USA and later received her Master in Arts, Design Management, at International Design Advanced Studies Hongik University in Seoul, Korea.  

Her multi-national and cultural background lead her to have a successful career in design and branding industry for 18 years.

In 2018, she had a first break through as an artist, by being commissioned to do an art installation of 10 meter wide giant Panda and 7 meters tall Camellia tree - LOVE.FOUND. in Chongqing IFS mall (with co-artist Simone Carena of Italy). Ever since, she has found a new passion in contemporary art and have been painting for the past year. 

Artist Statement

Seed Series

The “Seed Series” was developed as a personal interpretation of nature and carries a deeper meaning of how that relates to us - humans. Flowers are portrayed as carriers of the seeds. All flowers carry female and male parts and thus self-reproductive. It is in all nature of things, a desire to reproduce and seeds are the beginning of that. My paintings are the exploration of seeds, seeds journey. Every seed will carry its own path, it may fall out sometime, it will one day be received, and it will grow.

Ball Series

Circles (balls) are very intriguing. They create movement and tension in the space and create odd spaces around them. They are so simple yet so powerful and I find myself using circles (balls) to interpret life, my own encounters, experiences, and emotion. Using the most minimal expression to interpret some complicated thoughts.

Interview by Alicia Puig

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How did you first become interested in art, and can you explain a bit of how it led you to the work you create today? 

I was a graphic designer for 18 years working in branding and advertising agencies. During those years, I always felt like there was an artist in every designer.

However, designers are very restricted, as they also have to be sensitive to the project's objectives, client's needs, market trends, etc. I was longing for freedom to express myself the way I wanted to and about things I was interested in. In 2018, I was lucky to be commissioned to do an art installation piece in Chongqing, China. A 10-meter long chrome finishing panda lying on top of Chongqing IFS shopping mall complex - named LOVE.FOUND. (co-artist Simone Carena) and a 7-meter tall metal-chrome camellia tree. During the project, which lasted one year, I did a lot of research on flowers and how to express them. I sketched a lot of camellias and ways to make it more interesting. It is during this time that I fell in love with flowers and nature and decided to quit my 18 years of career in advertising and start the journey of depicting flowers and nature. I have been painting ever since and find it very therapeutic and self-satisfying. 

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We love that some of your work is minimalist while other pieces have more complex layering and patterns. Can you tell us about what inspires you? 

It was a long train of thought and curiosity that led to these two very different types of paintings. I personally called them the "seed series" and "ball series." As I started to dig into and experimenting with different ways of expressing flowers, I became more curious about the anatomy of the flower. Something not everyone draws about when they draw beautiful outskirt of flowers. What I learned from the biological anatomy diagrams of flowers was that all flowers carry female and male parts and what I thought were the seeds of flowers were only pollens and that the seeds are carried deep inside the ovary and ovule. This was very intriguingand interesting to me, and it inspired me to start painting flowers always emphasizing on the seeds that they carry. I also started to imagine them all around us in nature, how they strive to survive and get transferred to other flowers, and so on. To me, it somehow reflects human life and what we go through in life. For the "ball series," it began when I started to draw a lot of circles for the "seed series." It was very fun and interesting to me how circles affect the space around it. It gives a sense of motion even in a still 2-dimensional space. It is a perfect round-edge shape but provides oddness. I was inspired to just use circles (balls) and the most minimal expression to depict this tension. When I want to tell a very complicated story and put a title to the "ball series" pieces, it makes perfect sense!

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What is your process like? Do you do a lot of sketching or make work more intuitively? 

I do a few sketches before just to make sure what is already in my head looks okay on flat surface. 

Describe your current studio or creative space. What is most important about it or one thing that you definitely need in your work area?

My creative space is an extra room at my place that I transformed into my workspace. There is no most important "thing" for me. I just need absolute silence and natural sunlight. I love my big window. 

What is your favorite thing about being an artist? That I can transform my thoughts and feelings into art. I don't need to organize my thoughts into PowerPoint slides and excel sheets and use fancy words to write about it. I just draw them. I feel free!