Monday, December 6, 2010

Seeing and Believing

I don't have a lot of things from my critique notebook because we've had a couple crits where we hand our observations to the artist. A few things that we've seen recently that have caught my attention were from Carolyn, Sammi, and Susana.

Carolyn's work always draws you in with this nostalgic quality. The unassuming colors make you walk up close expecting to see some needlepoint from your grandmother's attic, but then you are greeted with these gruesome but somehow still endearingly funny images or stories.

Sammi i always enjoy because she finds joy in the most ridiculous (in a good way) places. Her paintings are of things that i would absolutely just walk by in life (plastic bags, dead fish) but she has a way of bringing them to life and making them important. When someone is so in love with a certain thing, it's hard to not begin to look at them the same way in her paintings.

One thing about Susana's work that i always enjoy is that it is messy, not in presentation; her thoughts are well put together. But you can tell she dives head first into her work and doesn't mind getting messy and isn't afraid to put all of her ideas out there.

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