Ok, so if you aren’t already in my close network of friends you may not understand the term ‘Art ‘porn.” So allow me to clarify. We use this to describe the process of viewing works that excite us artistically, in essence… it’s our porn.:P
Yesterday was the first day I had off in a quite a while, so in typical Stäcy fashion, instead of spending it at home in the studio, I opted to go out and get some inspiration. It started with a lunch meeting of Tricycle Artists, which include myself, Em Connors and Allison Currie. We also invited Neri Gomez Brahm to join us as we caught up, and discussed plans for a group show sometime next summer. After lunch we rendezvoused over to Texas Art supply where I picked up a great book on figures with Tattoos which I plan to use for some upcoming paintings and then we all headed to the MFAH to view the new James Turrell Exhibit.
Turrell is known for his works with light and space. The MFAH has a tunnel that connects its two buildings that he specifically designed for them. When you first walk through it, you have this odd feeling that the color you are seeing is actually a wall, but if you put your hand out to touch the wall, you’ll find nothing but empty air. I cannot imagine how many people have walked off the main path and stumbled in that area which is why there is always a stern guard in that exhibit to tell you to stay in the center of the path. Ever since this edition was made to the MFAH I have been a huge fan of Turrell’s use of three-dimensional illusion.
The exhibit was held in the older Caroline Weiss Law building on the third floor, and like Turrell’s works before that I have seen at the Nasher Sculpture Garden in Dallas, it did not fail to impress. Moving from light to pitch black dark in one part to see a fascinating stationary light display was ethereal. I captured a picture of Em in front of one of his displays. The shape that she is standing in front of is entirely made of light.
I will be using this image at some point to create a painting… I just love it.
Well, time to get some work down now that I am fully inspired.:)
Keep Creating Art,
Falling Girl Painting Progress Slide Show <—- click here to see the slide show!
At the end of April, I had just finished “The Shining” Painting and had gone back to work briefly on “Storm room”- which is the painting I am working on now, when a chance opportunity presented itself to me in Zbrushhangouts.com care of Andre Ferwerda. He had just finished modelling a room for a client in 3D CG software. I saw it and asked if I could use his image to paint, told him it needed a floating girl in it, lol. He agreed and sent me the .jpg file and so “Falling Girl” was born in a matter of days, after contemplating composition and of course the odd animal that needed to go into it. I love the idea of collaborating on images with other artists, and I cannot thank Andre enough for allowing me to take his work and transform it into my own, changing the color palette and not necessarily putting in every detail that the original image presented. A lot of my paintings have floating people in them and odd animals, they help me express the troubling situations I find myself in. I have a lot of questions, it seems that the older I get, the more questions I have about what makes me happy, what life is about, and whether I will ever come to any kind of peace of mind about the choices I have made or continue to make. The girl is floating, but she is also falling and in this case, when she lands she will smack down hard on the floor while the neon blue Lemur watches, and if it is not careful, it might feel some of the sting of her legs landing on or near it, notice it is not really paying attention to what is going on with her either, it remains aloof, contemplating the corner of the room.
I have to thank not only Andre Ferwerda, but also Nick Sho Ito for the moving graphic at the beginning of each of my films now. I also have to thank Andy Nolan for the time spent with me on many anatomy critiques as I struggled with this figure, and to Cyle Ellcessor for listening to me go over and over the symbolism of this work, helping me break it down into what it means to me. I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to have so many great people all over the world who encourage, share their expertise, help you and bust your balls, all in the art field using whatever medium they so wish. Thanks again guys for inspiring me and encouraging me to keep creating!
“Falling Girl” 36×48″ Acrylic on Canvas, June 2013