Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Artist Statement

Transparent and reflective objects have always fascinated me.  For my concentration I decided to focus on the reflections and color I observed in these objects, using oil pastel and watercolor to explore the subtle color relationships and show the effects of light and environment.  As my work progressed I realized that as I got closer to the reflection, it became harder to distinguish what it was I photographed and the focus became about the color.
Through aspects such as distance, light, and environment I was able to create a variety of reflection pieces that moved back and forth between reality and abstract renderings. One can see a progression from looking at transparent reflective objects to focusing more on the reflections.  In Images 1, 2, 3, and 4, the focus seems to be that these objects are transparent reflexive and not on the reflections as much. I progress from there and begin to focus and play around with the reflections (seen in Images 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9). I use a strong light source and the environment to create color variation and an interesting composition. For example, I took environment and light source into consideration in Image 8 by using the three different glasses, which distorted the reflection, while created a colorful and interesting composition. I finished off my concentration by finally playing with the previous aspects as well with distance to further focus on the reflection (seen in Images 10, 11, and 12). Each piece varies in color, as well as possessing an abstract feel that would not have been seen originally if I had not gotten close up to the reflections and play with the light and environment. Thus, revealing the true potential otherwise not seen in a simple reflection.