Statement

 

My starting point in art was working in photography. I see photography as a versatile medium that is always evolving with technology and has become extremely relevant to society. One can do so many things with photographs, such as combine them with other mediums. For example, we have the use of photo stills in the wonderfully eerie film La Jetée by Chris Marker. In my opinion, photography is simply an ideal creative conduit.

Up until recently I was using photographs as inspiration for oil paintings, specifically portraits. Painting evolved out of my quest for a broader artistic experience and a desire to use my hands to create. I’ve found painting to be a slower and more meditative process, whose tools, one might say, have evolved slower than those of photography… although David Hockney has shown us some exquisite Ipad paintings. I like how painting freely allows room for the unpredictable, “visions of the mind”, so to speak, to enter into my work. Photography does this, too, however, usually involving more steps.

My areas of interest primarily include abstraction, portraiture and my current fondness, street art. I find the abstract appealing because, like so many aspects of life itself, it’s subjective. I also find it to be effective in conveying a wide range of ideas, whether constructing illusory images or reflecting on the greater urban dynamic. Portraiture, on the other hand, has proven to be a wonderfully challenging subject to delve into, one that can powerfully reflect on the human experience… I would argue… What more complex subject is there? And then there is street art, art at the core of the city, a message of it’s hardships and loves. Street art is where it all comes together; people, art and city.

 

“If I could stop making art I’d know I was cured. But cured…  why would I want to be?”

-Gala Sadurni

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Above) Study XLVIII from Painting Study Series