I like Chinatown. It’s had an influence on my life! The colors of the signage really affected me early on. This goes back to the old Lower East side too where you’d see reds, yellows and blues and just garish raucous colors really compressed together. The whole area is compressed and my studio is small so it’s compressed too. The compression in my work comes at least partially out of that.
I could fall into one of Jackie Tileson’s paintings and wander around for hours or days. She creates a deep ethereal space filled with wonderful surprises of different types of imagery: explosions of paint, drips, amorphous shapes, graffiti, circles, loops, and fractal imagery — different vocabularies of expression skillfully combined in one large space.
I’ve had several opportunities to see Beili Liu’s work up close and personal right here in Austin. She teaches at the University of Texas and shows from time to time at one or another of Austin’s galleries. The last show I attended was “The Mending Project” at Women and Their Work in 2011. A room is filled with a cloud of hundreds of Chinese scissors suspended from the ceiling, points down, just over your head.
I love the richness of Heather’s mixed media paintings, her use of color and her imagery from life and science. Looking at any of her paintings, I feel as if I could walk into her oddly populated world. She creates a sense of space and a sense of place that stands in contrast to her use of ornamentation, drips and flat shapes that reference the language of painting.
I just discovered this great blog post about an artist/craftsman named Wendell Castle at Emily Evans Eerdmans' blog. Wendell Castle has been creating amazing furniture for over 50 years. He has ten "Adopted Rules of Thumb" for staying at the top of one's creative game that I find very compelling: