Into the Woods - TOBEYOU exhibition

This is a cut paper piece (c 8×8 inches) that I made for Light Grey Art Lab‘s exhibition TOBEYOU: personal narratives, tales and memory.

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It is called “Into the Woods”, and is about growing up reading fairytales when you live in the Australian bush. The protagonist of the illustration is far more willowy and on-trend than I ever was when I did this.

The original is for sale at Light Grey Art Lab (in Minneapolis, and on their website), along with many, many other beautiful works of art.

I also made a few cyanotype prints (sunprints) of the illustration.

Into the Woods - TOBEYOU exhibition

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Welcome to Midnight, Light Grey Art Lab’s exhibition of dreams, which has opened today in Minneapolis and online.

Prints of the artworks are available for purchase, and there is a a permanent exhibition online.

I’d been keeping track of dreams out of curiosity, and began to focus on a series of dreams I had which I clearly recognised as anxiety dreams from the last time I was at university: snakes, searches, war, volcanoes. This time, however, everything was always dealt with calmly and ended happily. Also there was a dream about pineapple butterscotch upside-down-cake.

I narrowed the choices down to a dream about taking shelter in a zoo in an office building in a wartorn city. I don’t dream in my own style, and the strongly backlit scene from the dream was a new approach to try.

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After a series of tests, I decided to do a pen and ink drawing with digital colour (I kept panicking about getting the yellow wrong, and was submitting the art digitally for this exhibition).

And here is the final piece, The Peaceable Kingdom. You can even try your hand at dream interpretation, if you so desire.

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Lana Crooks

Lana Crooks

Lana Crooks is the fifth member of Light Grey Art Lab‘s 2016 Iceland Residency: Team Mist to volunteer to be introduced. Previous interviews are all linked on this post: Iceland.

K: What lights you up about what you do?

Lana: I enjoy trying to figure out shapes and patterns and new way to build forms. I spend a lot of time researching so it makes me feel like I am unwrapping mysteries. I started out as an illustrator so I still like to bring some narrative into the works as well.

K: Do you have an example?

Lana: Snake oil was a piece for an exhibit called Zealots Elixir at Modern Eden, It was my first attempt at a snake skeleton. Each vertebrae is 7 individual pieces of fabric so it is a pretty good example of translating the flat to the 3D.

 

Snake Oil by Lana Crooks

Snake Oil by Lana Crooks

 

Snake Oil by Lana Crooks

Snake Oil by Lana Crooks

K: And where can we find you online?

Lana: I am at www.lanacrooks.com and @lanacrooks on Instagram

Betsy Bauer is the fourth member of Light Grey Art Lab‘s 2016 Iceland Residency: Team Mist to volunteer to be introduced. Previous interviews are all linked on this post: Iceland.

K: What lights you up about what you do?

Betsy: I think creating concept artwork for animation is particularly exciting because you see your ideas realized by other artists.  It’s so rewarding to see a character or prop that I have designed translated into 3D by the modeling and surfacing departments.  Animation is such a collaborative medium!

K: Do you have an example?

Betsy: This isn’t really a great example of what I’m talking about because it’s hard to show that, but I do really like this image. :).

by Betsy Bauer

by Betsy Bauer

K: And where can we find you online?

Betsy: betsybauerART.com

Jared Tuttle is the third member of Light Grey Art Lab‘s 2016 Iceland Residency: Team Mist to volunteer to be introduced! Previous interviews are all linked on this post: Iceland.

Jared Tuttle

Jared Tuttle

K: What lights you up about what you do?

Jared: What I enjoy most about my work is the feeling I get from seeing my vision come to life and take shape on paper.
K: Do you have an example?
Jared: I’ve attached an image of me working on a piece that I suppose could fit with the above response (ink, graphite, and gold leaf on claybord)
Jared Tuttle: Sphinx work in progress

Jared Tuttle: Sphinx work in progress

K: Where can we find you?

Jared: www.jared-tuttle.com

Nicole Gustafsson is the second member of Light Grey Art Lab‘s 2016 Iceland Residency: Team Mist to volunteer to be introduced! Previous interviews are all linked on this post: Iceland.

Nicole Gustafsson

Nicole Gustafsson

K: What lights you up about what you do?

Nicole: I love it when I lay out  gouache paint in little dots on my paint pallet…and they look like the most delicious candy. I get excited every time I see those little dots and can’t wait to paint.

K: Do you have an example?

Nicole:

Nicole Gustafsson's palette

Nicole Gustafsson’s palette

K: And where can we find you? 

Nicole: My website is nimasprout.com. Though I’m under everything as “nimasprout” so folks can always find me on all the other social networks too :)

Alexandria Neonakis is the first member of Light Grey Art Lab‘s 2016 Iceland Residency: Team Mist to volunteer to be introduced!

Alexandria Neonakis

Alexandria Neonakis

K: What lights you up about what you do?

Alexandria: I love it when something accidental happens in a piece that really helps with whatever narrative i’m trying to get across. When it happens, it feels like everything’s clicking nicely into place.

K: Do you have an example? 

Alexandria: This isn’t necessarily my favorite image but the light cutting across the top left and not appearing anywhere else was an accident. I had initially had a bit of light towards the bottom of the image as well, but some layers got turned off and I felt it just sold the story so much better. It also felt like a much bolder choice than my original intention.

Alexandria Neonakis: Weasley Wizard Wheezes

Alexandria Neonakis: Weasley Wizard Wheezes

I also was painting the “extendable ears” sign onto the wall when i came up with the idea that his missing ear wouldn’t have been magically replaced, he probably wears an extendable ear so as not to scare kids who come into the store. then when they ask him a question, he can pull the ear towards them and ask them to speak up.

I really love fleshing out these off-screen moments in a well know story, particularly with Harry Potter which has been a huge influence on me for most of my life. I know fan art gets a lot of flack, but I feel there’s a real place for it, and it’s often a nice gateway for people to start exploring their own narratives. It certainly has been for me.

K: Where can we find you?

Alexandria: My tumblr is alexneonakis.tumblr.com  and my website is alexneonakis.com :)