Who are the last 3 artists that you seriously looked at whether they influence your work or not?
I am particularly intrigued by the concept of inherited wounds, specific patters, behaviors, reactions, that we are born with already seeded into our psyche at birth." --Erin Endicott
Healing Sutra #5
Recently, I've been looking at the work of Erin Endicott. Not only is her work similar to mine in many ways, but also the way she talks about her work. I often have trouble communicating verbally what I want to say about my work- and with my qualifying review around the corner- I am trying to prepare for speaking about my work to a large audience. So I must choose my words carefully and mean what I say.
I came across Endicott's work in the summer 2012 edition of Surface Design a magazine for creative exploration of fiber and fabric. In that article the author wrote, "....abstracted forms that are organic and biomorphic in character....reinforces the dialogue about women as biological creatures....". This is one of the major things that I'm thinking about when I'm making my work. I'm trying to explore biology- female biology- as an undeniable aspect of our identity, whether we like that or not. So for me its important that my work read with a biological reference in mind, and I think it does. And Endicott's work is successful in that nature as well. I've been studying her use of form and color palette particularly. Her works on fabric have a richness to them in texture and layers that I am also working to achieve in my pieces.
I'm currently working on many projects at the same time and Endicott's work in general is related to the things that I'm thinking about when I'm making. I am taking a small break from a series where I am sewing paper drawings to fabric. But I heavily reference Endicott for that series. I've been trying to use white fabric as the surface that I am sewing the paper to, and have not been very successful yet. I like the contrast of the drawings and their color to a blank sterile white surface, however, the fabrics I have chosen thus far are not settling well. Endicott is able to achieve success with her white cotton little girls dresses because of the nature of the object itself. They are repurposed dresses and since they are little girls dresses they heavily reference an sense of innocence and an intimately feminine nature.
bio art is neither media specific nor locally bounded. As an international movement, several sub-genres exist within this overarching term: 1) The iconography of molecular matter and reproductive technologies. 2) The employment of computer software, systems theory and simulations which investigate evolution, artificial life and robotics. 3) Finally, artist work with wet-lab mediums, including tissue engineering, plant breeding, and ecological reclamation. Of particular importance to bio art is to summon awareness of the ways in which altering nature also transforms social, ethical and cultural values in society.--Suzanne Anker's website.
The Glass Veil (Sleep)
Suzanne Anker is a biological artist. She works primarily in photography but sometimes does installations, and sculptures. What does biological artist even mean? From my understanding BioArt is an art making practice where the artist works with living tissues, bacteria, life processes, and living organism- therefore, a BioArt artist is interested in those kinds of things for materials or subject matter (visually, conceptually, etc.).
I came across Anker's work when I a friend of mine told me about a summer residency program in NY for BioArt. I looked into it and learned about Anker's role in School of Visual Arts (in NY) BioArt program. (I also applied to the residency for this summer and am waiting to hear back.) I'm interested in learning more about BioArt and Anker's work was a good place to start. I also really enjoy the idea of collaborating with a scientist.
I like the fact that the face can be such a subtle subject and one brush stroke can be the difference in the feel of the entire piece. -- Michael Carson
This is a different one for me. I came across one of Michael Carson's painting on Pinterest of all place. Now, there is a category on Pinterest for "art" - but by no means does it entail just art or even good art. But I was drawn to his paintings regardless. He doesn't have a website (slacker) but he does have gallery representation (lucky). So I don't know a lot about him. He went to Minn. Institute for Art and Design in 1996 and worked as a graphic designer for a while. I don't know- but I just like his work. Its not particularly interesting. I just like the way it looks. (I can hear Brandon saying, "we don't like things".) I like the handling of the figures and how the paint is visible. The divisions of the canvas with a flat horizon line creates and interesting relation with the figures. Carson seems to divide his compositions in to thirds often. I enjoy that the color palette relates but is very contrasty.
I am a contemporary artist focused on the intersection of art and science in Lexington, KY.