Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The Pulse: Style File 2

Welcome to the third edition of The Pulse: an artist survey. This collaborative project aims to introduce you to new artists, help you get to know familiar faces even more, and allow you access into the creative hearts and minds of a very talented crew of individuals. For links to the sites of the participating artists, please click here.

Today's question: In a few words or a few sentences, how would you describe your artistic style? The following is the second of four posts to answer this question.


Leighanna Light Eclectic, odd, dark, a bit twisted. I hear people describe my work as whimsical a lot, but I don't see that.

Martha Marshall Controlled chaos. I like to work intuitively and put down layers of interesting surfaces and textures, usually confining them to a uniform square format, each one being its own universe. I know a piece is finished when it looks as if I didn’t participate in its creation. I achieve this by working on multiple pieces at a time, moving from one to another, never staying too long with one piece, in order to keep it spontaneous and keep my left brain from interfering with the process.

Teresa Abajo In a word, developing. I love working all sorts of different styles – jack of all styles, master of none. My goal is to have developed a personal style sometime before I die. I expect it’ll be an amalgamation of everything I’ve learned. It may not be ground breaking, but by George I’ll do it well!

Fran Meneley Eclectic. My “style” is constantly evolving. I also cross mediums quite a bit, but I can still see my “style”. Rather than “style” I think about it terms of my voice. What I’m after is being true to myself, my experience, my vision.

Steph Brouwers My artistic style could be described as archeology, ethnography. It is related to the idea of “Cabinet de curiosit├ęs”. It talks about roots, imaginary roots...It talks about the magic of childhood, the time when everything was possible. I use different media to express it: sculpture, jewelry, photography, painting, drawing.

not mass produced messy * eclectic * sometimes too prissy

Cynthia Gaub I would say that my fine art work always delves into the questions of being a woman. It has been called "Abstract Figurative", it has also been seen as feminist, is that a style? I like the female form, but on the whole I am not necessarily trying to make a feminist statement. Overall, when you include my collage, fiber work, dolls and mixed media sculpture, I would consider my style "Eclectic Gemini."

Terry Rafferty Realism, bordering on photorealism, but increasingly paying attention to the underlying abstraction within the forms.

Jennifer Gordon Um....I am pretty wordy so this is hard for me, but here goes. My work is mixed media collage based, heavily influenced by emotion and a sense of longing. Pieces are shrouded in metaphor and color to create visual poems.(not sure if that makes any sense to anyone but me)

Gwen Buchanan I would say my artistic style is experimental, primitive, intuitive, and instinctual.

Ingrid Dijkers I have been told that I have a very distinctive style, although I can't really categorize it myself. I feel it is ever changing and doesn't really fall into a specific style.

Angela Cartwright In a word…Unruly…It is happening when I am connected to the art…It’s where I am not second guessing myself, where I just know what element to use… it just flows…It’s breaking rules I didn’t even know were rules…I know I am in the zone when someone enters my studio and says hi and it makes me jump out of my skin.

Julie Prichard A purposeful mess.

Traci Huskamp My passion for mixed media and collage fuels the fires of my creative spirit, and continues to lead me on a wondrous journey of artistic and self-discovery. Always striving for the perfect balance and integration of elements and processes in every piece, I enjoy making art that is thoughtful, intricate, and beautiful.

Jen Bradford The content of my paintings changes pretty frequently, but has maintained several characteristics I guess one could call a "style". I build up many many layers, and move back and forth between building up and sanding, rubbing, scraping away - deciding what to preserve and what to let go. There is usually a tension between structure (defined shape, a grid, stencil, etc.) and chaos from experimenting.
Process shots - http://jenbradford.blogspot.com/2008/06/process-shots.html
Artist's statement: http://jenbradford.com/pages.php?content=statement.php&navGallID=Statement

Nina Bagley my artistic style? goodness, i'm never good at describing my own work. but here goes: i call what i do "narrative jewelry", because there is always a story in each and every piece. the combination of imagery with a few succinct words creates the beginning of an evocative tale that is different for each observer.

Kristy Christopherson I would have to say mostly grungy-at least lately. I love adding drips to my work lately :)

Gillian McMurry Frustrated. With my traditional painting, most of the time I have a picture in my head that I want to produce but it almost never turns out as I had hoped. I am highly critical of my work. My paintings are trying to be realistic but often verge on cute and contrived. With mixed media stuff it is a little different. If I make a mistake I can make it work for me. It is a slower and more relaxing experience. I don't think it really has a style though.

Teesha Moore Hmmm....that's a toughie. obsessive compulsive. More is more. stream of consciousness. Not self conscious.

Robyn Gordon In an exhibition invitation I was described as an artist/sculptor who produces intricately carved wooden wall pieces and totems, incorporating wire, beads and found objects. Inspired often by folklore, myth, tribal artefacts, patterns and symbols.

Cory Celaya Experimental, spontaneous, metamorphic, random, abstract with a bit of realism, spiritual, edgy...pick one, they all describe my work.

Denise Lombardozzi uncomplicated, thoughtful, narrative

7 comments:

Suzan Buckner said...

This is great Seth! I added a banner on my blog for THE PULSE. Anyone that wants to steal it--feel free to do so! Just add it as a "picture", and type in the link.
(Hope you don't mind, Seth)..

Leslie said...

What a wonderful question, Seth. I love reading everyone's answers!

rivergardenstudio said...

Seth, the new Pulse is amazing, wow, I love the way you have set it up and reading what other artists have to say about their art! Thank you...Roxanne

mansuetude said...

You know, it really gives a lot to me that you do this: i get to "know" some new thinkers from this process; you do have a sense of making links, building bridges. Thanks.

Chris said...

Seth, I love the banners you are making for each section.

These are so fun to read.

vivian said...

loving reading all the answers...

Stacy said...

These are so much fun to read. It's interesting to see how other artists portray their own work. I really enjoyed reading these! Thank you for sharing!