Jennifer Gillia Cutshall
ARTIST-A-DAY BLOG: Inside A Generous Kingdom V, with artist Melonie Steffes
"Put away your tech and get outside as much as possible. Just as we have domesticated everything around us, we have tamed ourselves out of our instincts and ability to see and feel what's really going on with the world we live in. .."
Does the idea of transformation influence your work and process?
Yes! I think of much of my work as an act of shapeshifting, the pigment and canvas a bridge between this world and infinite others in which I or the viewer can try on any skin and see new perspectives through different eyes.
Who Inspires you and what do you do to get inspired? Who? The animals, bugs and plants around my house, light and shadow, other artists that I admire in my community, my household members, clouds, Lake Michigan, music, stillness, my dreams, my superstitions. I often hike or cross country ski when I need to seek inspiration. I also like to flip through big old books of Impressionist art to kind of eat color. There's a particular big old white pine I like to sit under too. My muses pop up everywhere.
What Do you hope your work achieves, in general and/or specifically with this installation?
My hope is that viewers will find themselves transported into another moment that is new and strange (or deeply familiar), where there is no "man against nature", no self imposed separation.
If you could tell your viewers one thing what would you tell them?
Put away your tech and get outside as much as possible. Just as we have domesticated everything around us, we have tamed ourselves out of our instincts and ability to see and feel what's really going on with the world we live in.
Click image or this text to go to the purchase page and bring "Great Grandmother odf the Forest" into your space Great Grandmother of the Forest by artist Melonie Steffes oil on canvas 40" x 30" x 2" On stretched canvas arrives ready to hang