Opening Friday, August 14, 5-8pm
I use oil paint, graphite on mylar, ink on paper, gouache, and acrylic-painted paper collage to invent images from observation and imagination. The work relies on thematically related subjects to create pictures within established genres of florals, still-life, interiors, figure, and landscape.
My interest in art history is equally as strong as my practice in visual art. The Romantic movement in Europe and Chinese ink painting are primary touchstones of my aesthetic and philosophic concerns. Their material qualities illuminate my creative process in spite of the contrary omnipresent technological and economically globalized modern era.
By engaging with the intersection between realms of history, dream, and contemporary life, my work in art embodies archaic gestures as a personal act that manifests the act of looking.
- Laraine Armenti