Busy building and growing Embrace Creatives, it’s not often that I enter exhibits so it was nice to be involved in this group exhibit with other artists I respect, including quite a few EC Members.
I created “Forced Pressure” on a board gifted to me by the estate of an artist-friend because I wanted to draw and paint on the same piece. It had been a while since I exhibited an illustration but without time to spend in my studio, I decided on a palette knife work for the balance of the piece. Plus, the heavy textural strokes surrounding the drawing gives a pressed-in feeling.
From my Artist’s Statement: Forced Pressure, Bogart’s 24” sq. multi-media piece speaks to feelings of isolation and stress caused by social media. A majority of people place too much importance on sharing every facet of their lives, digitally. The unnatural pressure of constantly being “seen” online especially for those with low self-esteem, causes undue emotional disease and depression. A 2017 study from the American Journal of Preventative Medicine found “social media use is linked to greater feelings of social isolation.” A peer reviewed research article published by Plos states, “Facebook use was linked to both less moment-to-moment happiness and less life satisfaction—“
Combining delicate, tight hand strokes bringing the artist in personal, direct contact with the board and forcing her to stay attentive and mindful, minute-to-minute with looser, larger thick and concealing paint layers expresses the yin and yang some people feel as they struggle to maintain their presence, equally in their real world and online persona.