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Art Archive - 2006

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Show Dates: 2006-01-01 - 2006-01-31
Title: Bug Marvelous
Artist: Bïrd
Bïrd's Artist Statement:

Creating two-dimensional art has always been an enormous part of my life. At the age of four, I was copying the text from newspaper articles and books onto every scrap of paper I could find. By the time I could read what I was writing, I began to copy the pictures from my children’s books and from there I started my first sketchbook. At the age of seven, I was collecting spiders, bugs, and worms from the garden and filling my sketchbooks with pictures of them. A fascination with insects pursued and, to this day, I continue to try to incorporate them into whatever I create.

My medium of choice is acrylic paint and I feel it is a medium with which I can constantly experiment with and expand upon. I like to work with paint because it enables me to create large works and to use bright, bold colors.

Color is a very important aspect of my paintings. I put a lot of thought into what colors I want to use to convey a concept or feeling and what colors would work well together. I use only the primary colors, white, black, and standard brown paints and blend them into exactly the shade that I have in mind. With this method, I feel that I am more involved with every detail of the painting.

It is clear to me that a large number of the population is uncomfortable with insects and because of that I try to put a lot of thought into how I can make my pieces counterbalance that unappealing nature with intriguing and elegant images. I also tend to deviate from using shading and perspective in my paintings because I like to keep my paintings away from representing reality and instead to exemplify my own interpretation of reality.

I enjoy all the challenges in two-dimensional art that I encounter and am constantly looking for new projects to tackle. During my free-time I create flyers, design tattoos, and fill my sketchbooks with new ideas for paintings that signify the creepy-crawly, disgusting, beautiful, elegant, and chic.

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