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STEPHANIE RIELY – ARTIST STATEMENT

I AM ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO FAIRLY EASILY CAN UNDERSTAND WHO OTHER PEOPLE ARE; PROBLEM IS I CANNOT FIGURE MYSELF OUT.  THIS SAME PROBLEM EXISTS IN MY ART.  I FIND IT EASIEST TO CREATE WHEN I AM GIVEN DIRECTIONS OR A SPECIFIC REQUEST.  WHEN I AM LEFT WITH MY OWN CHOICES MY ART RARELY EVER DEVELOPS INTO WHAT I FEEL IS ‘MY’ ART.  THIS IS MY GOAL, TO CREATE ART THAT CAN SHOW MY VIEWS, HOW I SEE THE WORLD AND WHO I AM.  I AM ON MY WAY TO ACHIEVING MY GOAL, AND DESPITE MY LACK OF SELF-DISCOVERY I DO HAVE CONSISTENT USE OF TECHNIQUE AND ELEMENTS IN ALL OF MY ART.

I HAVE TRIED DEFINING MYSELF SO THAT I CAN KNOW WHAT I WANT TO INCORPORATE INTO WHAT I MAKE AND HAVE HAD LITTLE SUCCESS.  IN AN ATTEMPT TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM I AM NOW SIMPLY FOCUSING ON SIMPLE THOUGHTS.  HUMANS ARE COMPLEX BEINGS AND SO I HAVE FOUND IT IS TOO MUCH TO EXPECT SELF-REVELATIONS TO HAPPEN OVERNIGHT.  INSTEAD, BUILDING UP TO COMPLEX, BY BREAKING WHO I AM DOWN INTO SIMPLE PIECES THAT I CAN REPRESENT IN MY ART IS WHAT I AM FOCUSING ON.  THINGS LIKE THOUGHTS, SPECIFIC FEELINGS, BELIEFS, MEMORIES, AND EXPERIENCES ARE ALL SIMPLE PIECES OF ME THAT CAN BE DISSECTED IN WHAT I CREATE.  I HOPE THAT BY REPEATING THIS PROCESS I CAN KNOW MYSELF DEEPER AND AS A WHOLE.

NOT ALL MY ART IS CONSISTENT IN CONCEPT OR STYLE, BUT THERE ARE CONSISTENT ELEMENTS.  I DO NOT LIKE EVEN, ODD JUST FEELS RIGHT.  WITH ANYTHING I AM CREATING (SCULPTURE, PAINTING, DRAWING) IF THE QUESTION, ‘HOW MANY’ COMES UP; THE ANSWER IS ALWAYS AN ODD NUMBER.  I ALSO ENJOY TEXTURE, NOT IN THE WAY OF PATTERN, BUT PHYSICALLY.  MY PAINTINGS ARE THICK AND LAYERED.  MY SCULPTURES ARE EXTREME IN THE WAY OF TEXTURE, EITHER EXTREME LACK OF (SMOOTH) OR EXTREME PRESENCE OF (ROUGH, WEAR AND TEAR).  THESE ELEMENTS ARE WHAT I LIKE SO I ALWAYS GO BACK TO THEM WHEN I AM CREATING SOMETHING.

WHO I AM AS AN ARTIST IS CONSTANTLY CHANGING AND AT THE MOMENT UNCLEAR TO ME.  I CANNOT KNOW WHAT KIND OF ARTIST I AM WITHOUT KNOWING WHAT KIND OF PERSON I AM.  ART RIGHT NOW IS MY WAY OF FINDING WHO I AM.  RATHER THAN AN OUTLET, MY ARTWORK IS AN INLET; AN INLET TO MY OWN SELF.  I WANT TO SHOW A PIECE OF ME IN EVERYTHING I MAKE.

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