Since I am having to take a couple days off from my new projects, I figured I could post one of my older ones from 2015 from my series “American Wilderness”, which was my first solo show of my career at Roq La Rue Gallery:
“Vulpes vulpes”, 2015, Ball point pen, Ink pencils, Acrylic ink, Marker, Colored pencil, Graphite, and Gel pen on Hot-Pressed Watercolor Paper, 18 ¼ inches by 24 inches (22 inches by 28 inches framed in custom black frame)
In this post, I would
like to talk about one of my favorite artists: Chiara Bautista. Bautista is an
Illustrator living in Mexico. In past interviews, she’s said that her art is inspired by her relationship with a loved one. The image above, Finders Keepers, shown was one of the first illustrations I
saw from her. Chiara is an amazing artist, and I would like to take the time to talk
about why she is an inspiration to other illustrators.
diving into a conversation about Finders
Keepers, let’s consider Bautista’s background. While she does work as an
illustrator, the work she’s famous for is unrelated. Her best works tell the
viewers stories with moody characters and a few simple words. For the incredible work
that Chiara creates, never does she make work for commission. Chiara Bautista
does her for herself first, and thousands of people love it. What a wonderful
example of true illustration.
is an interesting piece to me. Firstly, it reminds me of the long-distance
relationship I share with my boyfriend. When you can’t easily see someone you
love, creating stories with each other can make the distance feel less awful. I
too have referenced my and David’s relationship in my work, because it’s one
place that he and I can be ‘together’. Secondly, being a woman in the art world
is hard. Using ‘girly’ ideas in your work can feel risky, or like your work
won’t be respected. Chiara Bautista makes these images to express her love, so
I don’t believe she was scared to be feminine in her work. This fearlessness is
a glimmer that maybe there is room in the art world for women to express their
feminine emotions and be taken seriously.