Thursday, October 8, 2009

Momentum Artist: Rachel Clare

Momentum Tulsa 2009 opens Saturday, October 10 with a big party of live music (COLOURMUSIC, Ghost, and Tribes of Soul) and fun. Tickets available in advance and at the door.

Curators selected 93 artworks by 66 artists for the exhibition. Also, three Spotlight artists will exhibit bodies of work, Nick Bayer, Dustin Boise, and Emily Kern. Intern Ashley Romano interviewed the artists to learn about their creative process. Watch for more profiles throughout the run of the exhibition, which remains on display at Living Arts, 307 E Brady, Tulsa, until October 24.

Rachel Clare, Tulsa
Adipose Structures
Oil on Canvas
Q: What was your concept behind your work?
RC: Adipose Structures is from a series of paintings with microscopic imagery. Adipose is actually fat tissue in the body. The colors I used are taken from the bright dyes and fluorescent lighting used with microscopes and slide samples. Macrocosm and Microcosm is the concept behind the series of paintings. This painting is particularly important in the series because of the size. Because it is 8-feet-tall, the painting is already confrontational, but it is important because I want the viewer to feel like they are stepping into another world. The reason it is 8-feet-tall is so that the viewer can question whether he is being confronted by a microcosm or a macrocosm; is it a big world or a small world?

Q: Explain the technique and/or process you used for the piece.
RC: I used oil paint and a glazing technique for Adipose Structures. Glazing is an old technique using a glazing medium to make the paint more transparent. The reason I used this method is to make the "blobs" more dimensional and build up layers of depth.

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