Virtual Fantasy: ARTIST STATEMENTS

Genna Gurvich
Artist's Website

Things are calm, if no one accelerates them. What are these things? They are created by human beings for a specific purpose – they look the way that they are supposed to: beautiful, comfortable, and shiny. What if we extract the thing from its original use and environment, turn off the advertising light, damp down all sounds? Let them be self illuminated

Alice Jacoby
Artist's Website

This is a portrait of the spirit and soul of madness. A madness seen only in our dreams. Poised to do battle, sword hanging from her shoulder. In her eyes a ferocity rarely seen in the eyes of a human being.

But is she human, or is she an alien?

You Decide.

Lynn Logan Roselli
Artist's Website

Photography gives me a sense of freedom. It allows me to capture a moment in time where beauty has caught my eye and made me stop to take notice. This tree grabbed my attention and I became curious. It was like nothing I have ever seen before, so I had to take a closer look. As I approached the trunk, I was intrigued by the massive bulges in the bark, the deep crevases and it's bluish-grey color. My imagination took hold and I felt as if I was standing in another world. I had to take the photograph.

Helle Rask-Crawford
Artist's Website

Bronze, Magical Realism.
This sculpture began in Italy, when a rhinoceros beetle flew into the bulb above a table and spent half an hour recovering on the white tablecloth in a dark, warm Tuscan night.
I sculpted the beetle fascinated by its beautiful and perfect form. Then came the surfing boy (my son William). The scene is inspired by the Dune novels by Frank Herbert, where Paul Muad´Dib and the Fremen rides the giant sandworms.

Roslyn Rose
Artist's Website

A fascination with the myths and lore behind Sorcery, Alchemy, and Fantasy inspired my imagination in this quest to create visual scenes of a fictitious world. Paradoxical images were combined, without obvious or rational explanations. The Legend of the Unicorn incorporates the myths of using purity and innocence to attract fabled beings.

The original pictures used for my digital montages include slides, photographs, and found pictures. The images were scanned into the computer and then manipulated, color adjusted, and combined into artworks. My camera and my computer are mediums that I use to combine and exploit the images, producing collages that speak to the spectator. Viewers are invited to blend their own imagination with the illusions I present.

Bonnie Rothchild
Artist's Website

Rooted in simplicity, my sculpture varies from the realistic to the abstract, evolving from renewal and rebirth. Some pieces have a dream-like ethereal quality, others are expressively life-like. My greatest influences are the forces of nature and the art and culture of the South Pacific, Southeast Asia, Africa and Italy where I have traveled extensively.

Just Hanging Out was inspired by a safari I took in Southern Africa. Every morning, while traveling along the Zambezi River, I'd observe a group of magnificent hippopotami, apparently relaxing and just hanging out. Occasionally a bird would appear and perch on one of them.

Laurinda Stockwell
ARTIST'S WEBSITE

 

GHOST BOTTLES
Ghost Bottles is a still-life photograph based upon substance abuse and the need for healing. In this image the liquor bottles seem to become figures in a family-like grouping with a ladder in their center. They are wrapped in bandage fabric that is tea stained and held together with pins. The background is painted with mica chips embedded in the surface. This surface suggests the party room in an 18th century hacienda in Taos. This is my first image exploring the subject. It is of personal interest to me but more importantly, these images are in direct reaction to a car-less month of walking the northern New Mexico roadsides and finding so many liquor bottles everywhere. The combination of these relics of cultural pain mixed with the unbelievable beauty of the place never left me.

RIDDLE
Riddle plays with illusion of scale and context. The flycatcher bird is paper and perched upon a tiny chair. The background is made of many pages of religious text from a small gold gilded book of prayer. I hope that the image will astonish and delight the viewer, posing more questions than answers.

Jeanne Wilkinson
Artist's Website

Formerly an abstract painter, my paintings and drawings are now elements in complex collages and animations that merge fantasy and reality—a kind of digital alchemy.

Some of my images document the continuing vision quests of a Paleo-Postmodern migratory clan, the Painted People. Former Barbies and Kens were transformed in my studio, stripped of their 20th century identities and painted in abstract expressionist drips. Called "iridescent" by art critic Dan Bischoff, the clan treks across the face of an earth that becomes more alive, more revelatory of its underlying forces as they pass. Cities become strange night places where streets are fluid streams, skies morph into oceans and buildings dissolve into fantastic life-forms.

In the Night in the City series, the imagery is formed of layers of my photography and artwork via Photoshop and Corel Painter. Night in the City 7 (Freewheelin') was inspired by the iconic images of James Dean and subsequently Bob Dylan (and friend) on his Freewheelin' album cover, where they were shown striding down the cobblestones of lower Manhattan. My image features Stan (a former GI Joe) on Mr. Blue the Toad, along with one of the clan's babies. Now with more offspring and many more animal companions, the clan continues to traverse a world of strange activities and premonitions, environmental change (apocalypse?) and natural magic.

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