Mentoring Emerging Artists
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MEDIUM: Acrylic Paint | Mixed Media Art | Watercolor Paint
SPECIALTY: ✔ Critiques
After the 2016 elections I have found myself in a new frame of mind. I couldn’t continue the transparent lace dresses, flora and fauna. It felt like my personal garden of Eden had been invaded and I had no choice but to step out. I was searching for a stronger expression of my feelings in response to what had happened in America. I shifted to an emphasis on pattern, color, brushstroke and mark making. Moving into an ongoing exploration of my personal experiences through more abstract means of expression.
On the heels of my show with almost abstract art, I became motivated by the “#metoo” movement, and concerned myself in particular with the developments around the unveiling of women’s repression. Letting go of shame around sexuality and nakedness, and by contrast moving into the strength of girl power and womanhood.
This led me right into the work for FERAL in which I was inspired by a new sense of feminism, a place of wildness, unconcerned with dictates of the fashion industry, the ideas of what a beautiful woman is supposed to look like, the letting go of rules about body size and embracing women of all color. The young girls and women are stepping forward to be viewed in both their vulnerability and strength. They have nothing to hide. They can be both soft and strong. They can be themselves.
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Specialty: ✔ Critiques
Studio Setup for Art Production
Providing Art Critiques
Teaching How to Self Critique
Running Your Art Business the Day-to-Day
Studio Time Management
“Mastrius has done wonders for my confidence. I have managed to step way outside of my comfort zone which has in turn given rise to so many more opportunities to further my art career.”
~ Deb, Emerging Artist
MORE ABOUT THE ARTIST
When I returned in the fall to my studio I suddenly felt like something new had shifted. I started to depict young women again with transparent clothing, but they were clearly contemporary, sporting tattoos, purses and their hands had become animals. “Her Hands are Wild and Dangerous” was the first painting for this show. Something about this work feels like in these last 2 years I have come full circle -no pun intended- I have incorporated many of the new abstract markings of early 2017, the bodies are clothed and back in lots of detail, their wardrobe contemporary with a ‘hip’ nod to the 60s and 70s, the time in which I grew up. These young women and children look at the viewer with confidence and possibly daring. You will not mess with them. They are both ‘woke’ and mysterious.
The newest series titled “tattooed”, depicts stories that are tattooed on the women’s bodies. They are fables, they are mythical signs, they are rites of passage.
These tattoos are also political, they are unapologetic and brave. They are markers of the world we live in and this time that on so many levels feels right on the edge in many ways, both personal and general.
They speak of shadow work, of exploring the dark sides of our psyche, but also of strength and hope.
The women in the paintings take a stance that is forward, unabashed, direct and thoughtful.