I have been working mostly on finishing up my show and working on planning some male nudes to draw and paint in the future. I want to do some glitter!
Russel is a sculptor (!) whose work focuses primarily on recreating flesh, perhaps one of the hardest tasks an artist can attempt. His work explores the subtleties between skin tones and skin textures. He views skin and its nuances as beautiful, but his work is often unsettling and uncomfortable.
I adore this man's work. As I venture into experimenting with skin tones and the subtleties of our bodies, I see Cameron's work informing and inspiring what I create. I have a great respect for his ability to create pieces that realistic, as I struggle with this at times. His pieces are also very expressive which is more powerful because of its realism. I very much identify with Cameron's appreciation of skin but his often unattractive portrayal. I often view things as beautiful but the way I translate them artistically may appear grotesque or ugly. The relationship between beauty and ugliness is subtly pronounced in Cameron's work, which is exactly how I want my work to function.
Ivan Alifan is N New York based artist from Russia. He paints figures that become eroticized. He seeks to decriminalize sex in art by breaking the barriers in which the body can exist in social spheres of contemporary art.
I love Ivan's art. I think it is beautiful and I think his skill is alarming and inspiring. His work is far more sexual than mine, but the way he handles the figure is very inspirational and I can see it inspiring my own work. His work is intelligent and fascinating and completely unique. There is an impressive creativity to his work and I aspire to be just as different and inflammatory as he is.
These two months are always very busy. It is hard to be productive because there is so much going on. I am the first senior show, so I have had to work on getting all of my pieces together, matting them or otherwise getting them ready to hang. I needed to sew the ants onto my painting of breasts to give it more depth. I needed to come up with a title, and an artist statement, and a price list, and a way of organizing all my work in the space. My show will be a closing on January 25th, from 3:30 to 4:30. It will be a closing since I literally have no time the entire month of January because of auditions and ballet and the mess that is my life. I am glad to have my show set up and I am excited for the reception. I think that it will also be a huge relief to have it out of the way. I can see better now the threads (haha) that connect all of my art. I think after having a show, I can be even more ambitious.
I am an art student at Maggie Walker and this is the place where I talk about what we're making and what we're learning... Through this I can pour out my heart about my artistic experience.