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About Artist Tajreen Akter
I am an intimist.
I focus on my surroundings, in my studio or at home. I create still lifes from things that I use
every day and that I am intimate with. At first, I worked with fewer objects, but gradually I started adding more and more still life objects to create a more complex formal structure. Color, space, and composition are my priorities in selecting a subject. I make two kinds of still lifes: paintings from found compositions of objects that have made their way into my studio, and carefully composed still lifes generated by what I have discovered in the less formal paintings. The format is multiple, small panels. Added panels are part of my experiments with human visual experience. I add panels as needed for the visual game in my painting. For my subject matter, which is the intimate still life, I think small panels are more appropriate. The process helped me discover human perceptual illusion which added a new dimension to my work. I observe and paint the commonplace. As an artist, my goal is to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. The compositions I work with can sometimes carry a story, but sometimes they are simply a way of presenting a moment. In either case I am more open to and interested in a viewer’s stories than my own interpretations. The decisions I make are primarily formal and intuitive.
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Brittany Sievers is from North Manchester, Indiana. In 2013 she received her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. Upon undergraduate graduation she was awarded the Efroysman Arts Internship at DePauw University where she was a teaching assistant for the ceramics department and co-managed the Low Road Gallery in Greencaslte. During her time as a graduate student at LSU, Brittany was awarded the 2015 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award and the 2017 Aeschlimann Art-St-Urban Spring Residency in Switzerland from the International Sculpture Center. She will receive her Master of Fine Arts from Louisiana State University in May 2017 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
My process heavy work utilizes space, raw materials, and labor to provide a platform for the audience to begin to notice, thus becoming mindful. Drawing from social psychologist Ellen Langer’s definition of mindfulness, “the simple act of actively noticing.” This work is designed to focus the viewer’s attention to the details: the area of the room they occupy, the subtle differences within the material itself, and the influence of my individual touch. I invite the audience to become just as curious as what surrounds them and heighten their exploration of their surroundings. I dig local clay, process it, and spin my own yarn from wool for each installation and sculpture. Repetitive labor combined with minimalistic aesthetics and sight specific sculptures provide the framework for each piece. These pieces transform an exploration of my physical work into an investigation of the viewer awareness.