The Naked Truth
Call for Entries Accepted Artists
Glenview, Illinois, USA
by Natalya Sturlis
During my time at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, I started out as a 2D artist in painting and drawing.My work explored family and our relationship with the past.My grandparents have been a strong influence in the narrative of my work.I had lived with them all my life and watched them age, get sick, fight sickness, tell their family stories and eventually pass.
The body’s perseverance yet inevitable demise shaped the progression of my work.Our skin stretches and pulls and changes, so I began using dried “paint skins” as the medium takes on the same role. It will stretch and rip and disintegrate. What also caught my attention is the deeper architecture of our frame, our bones and muscle and all the cells that make us all work.
There is a world of art going on inside us.By painting these cell frames, I am able to achieve depth that camouflages a 3D surface.Other media such as ceramics has been a compliment to my original study of paint and all work together to enrich the narrative.Vijay has an academic understanding of the human form, and he is able to make a strong argument for his use of it in his art practice.
There is clearly a humor and playfulness in his ceramic pieces, which I find is a great compliment to my work, since I tend to be more serious and morose. By collaborating on these pieces, we have put both a male and female voice. Thusly, the sculpture works as a great canvas that gives in to the paint, gets lost and is less obvious. Then both the 2D and 3D can work together well.