AN ART ESSAY
Abstract art is an ideal way to express matters of the spirit that can’t be easily verbalized. It transcends the boundaries of language, drawing viewers into an internalized space where they can experience the artwork in a personal, subjective way, extracting whatever meaning it stirs up inside them. I generally don’t assign any specific meaning to my abstract art, because I prefer the viewer to interpret each piece in his or her own unique way. The colors and chaos paradoxically induce a quiet mental stillness, as I allow my eyes and mind to travel across the many details without assigning meaning to what I’m seeing. I just let the art take me for a ride.
My abstract art explores how color, pattern, composition and personal symbology express the mystery and delight of our existence. It manifests the intangible elements of everyday existence – emotions, thoughts, energy – by translating them into colors and patterns. It is often highly detailed because of my desire to achieve balance through multiplicity, in order to reflect the complexity of human consciousness and our shared experience in the multiverse. The result is a whimsical concoction of color and form, interwoven into a lyrical, visual harmony.
This style of abstract art can be described as “orderly chaos.”
My first abstract art was in 2003, experimenting with a variety of tools and surfaces, as well as various methods of mark-making. It wasn’t long before a personal style naturally emerged, with an innate tendency towards bright, eye-popping colors and intricate detailed designs. I am particularly influenced and inspired by folk art from cultures around the world, such as Persian miniatures, Mexican huichol and alebrije, Aboriginal dot painting. Modern art influences include Hundertwasser, Klee and Kandinsky.
These abstract paintings range in size from a tiny 3″ x 3″ to a relatively large 30″ x 40″. Most pieces are somewhere in between. I’ve come to enjoy creating abstract art on a small scale, with as much visual information as possible in a relatively limited space while respecting the overall cadence and flow of each piece. When working on canvas, the painting often extends onto the sides, creating a 3-D work of abstract art.
This colorful abstract art uses acrylics, colored pencils, watercolors, watercolor pencils, alcohol markers, paint markers, pens and mixed media, as well as art-making Apps on an iPad, such as Procreate, and Adobe Illustrator on a desktop computer.
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Art and article by Thaneeya McArdle
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