Liz Becker knows her way around a watercolor. Her soft lines and bold colors make her works truly unique. We sat down to learn a bit more about her influences and, of course, which artists are at her dinner party table.
Iris No. 76 | Watercolor on Paper | $245
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The process of creating and the discussion about the nature of art inspire Ashley’s teaching as well as her work. Her work is about the process, the experience of creating something new. We sat down with her to talk about her process and the inspirations for her work, as well as some common misconceptions about contemporary art.
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My favorite medium is: If I have to choose just one it would be Paint… but I also adore ceramics. I’ve always been drawn to what can happen when layered, thinned, mixed with other mediums, etc. and love LOVE the textures and finishes. Ceramics because it really brings you into your body and helps to disconnect from the outside world & noise.
I started creating in (year): Since I could hold a crayon – though my first ‘official’ painting lesson was in 1995.
I am a full time/part-time artist (choose one): Part-time, with the goal of being a full-time creative.
A common misconception about contemporary art is: The fear of looking at or engaging with because of the fear of ”I don’t get it.” The wonderful thing about (any) art is you can bring your own experience to it. You don’t have to like or “get” everything, but if you spend the time to engage with a piece and ask yourself questions, it’s a wonderfully rich area of reflection and discussion.
A common misconception about contemporary artists is: Their work is too expensive or that it should be easily discounted. One of my favorite artists once said to someone as they said they loved a particular piece in his body of work, “it took me 40 years.” Each work of art is the culmination of experience, perfectly – or not so perfectly- captured. If there is something that resonates with you, there is a reason for that and that should be respected and paid for fairly. In anyone’s career there are always growing pains, mistakes, set backs, and successes… artists often only get paid for the latter.
The most surprising thing I’ve discovered about collectors is: I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find collectors always want to know more about the artwork, artist, process, etc. A work of art is an object that represents more than just paint on paper, it holds many stories – a collector is someone that wants to engage with and share those stories.
My most unorthodox source of inspiration is: Boredom (without a phone in hand) – which might not seem unorthodox but I believe in the era of overstimulation and smartphones boredom is hard to come by and wholly undervalued.
The one piece of advice I would give people who want to start collecting art is: Buy your first piece! I know the first one can be scary but once you hold that first piece in your hands and get it on your walls, you’ll open up the opportunity to create your own collection that highlights your own voice and even milestones in life. If you’re nervous, find an artist whose work you love and talk to them, if you love and believe in their purpose, you have absolutely nothing to lose!
A few more questions…
Living or dead…
What artist would you follow on Instagram? Kate Frizalis
What artist would you most like to have drinks with? Natalie Baxter
Which artists are at your dinner party table? Ruth Root, Tanya Aguiniga, Vija Celmins, Anna Hymas, Rochelle Botello, The Love Armata, Jenny Holtzer, Katie Cowan, Artemisia Gentileschi, Dana Schutz, Francesca Woodman, Pandemonia, Marilyn Minter, Lee Bontecou, Helen Frankenthaler, Adrian Piper, Mary Weatherford, Molly Larkey, The Heidies.
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1. Soothing Beach Vibes
If you can look at Lauren’s pieces without feeling the salt air on your face and the sand between your toes, then you’re doing it wrong. Put one of these in your den or office for instant zen living.
2. Larger Than Life
Oversized art commands your attention. Have a beautiful mantle you want to show off? A modern sofa you want people to look at? At 24×36″ (unframed), “Storm’s A Comin” and “Sailor’s Delight” add a sense of space, open up a smaller interior and create a focal point with that WOW factor.
3. Limited Edition
Lauren doesn’t do a lot of limited edition pieces, making her two prints on RedDot even more special. Each one is available in an edition of 100, and when they sell out, that’s it!
4. Created for the home
Lauren’s photos can be found in home all over Nantucket, not to mention the mainland. That’s because her work is extremely accessible and her subject matter (seascapes) is a welcome entry point for new collectors. This aligns her perfectly with the RedDot ethos and makes her a welcomed addition to our roster.
5. Never say no to neutrals
If you’re afraid to buy an oversized piece, rest easy: Lauren’s neutral palate is calming and while impactful, her photographs are never overwhelming.
6. Natural Abstraction
Lauren’s seascapes are actually a 2-for-1. Have you always wanted to collect abstract art but never knew how? Lauren’s compositions are found in nature but also create geometric shapes that are only amplified by her large print size.
Caitlin Carney is a San Diego-based visual designer and abstract painter. Following graduating from college and faced with a turbulent period in life she turned to art. Largely self taught, Caitlin advances through every added layer of paint – dedicating herself to the exploration of the medium. We sat down with her to talk inspo, dream dinner parties, and artist misconceptions.(more…)
Philly-based artist Liz Harkins is best known for her treatment of landscapes and other figurative subjects as if they were portraits. Her practice of methodically layering elements of her drawings to the point of transformation has given new definition to her work. We sat down with Liz to talk about all things art and collecting, including advice for new collectors and her dream artist dinner guests.(more…)
Lauren moved to Nantucket from New York City almost a decade ago and has been taking breathtaking beach photographs ever since. We sat down with Lauren to talk about advice for new collectors, her fantasy dinner table and unorthodox artistic inspiration!
“Collect work that means something to you. Find work that resonates in your soul, that echoes your spark and feels like an extension of yourself. It will always speak to a part of you.” We asked Ellen Sherman about artist and collector misconceptions, finding inspiration in video games, and how she has connected with collectors in the far corners of the globe.
E.H. Sherman in her studio with Vinyasa II 11×14 | Edition of 10 | $100