|"Ancient Vessel Syren" 26 in W X 16 in
H - $100 USD
Fine Art Prints on Canvas
African American Folk Art
Art in the Key of Life
2020 will be known for many things, but perhaps, the COVID 19 pandemic
will be the most notable event. The fear, the uncertainty, the sorrow,
touched everyone's heart. Several of my paintings that were done
during this time, have the pandemic as the theme of the painting.
"Ancient Vessel Syren" was painted during the late summer
of the COVID 19 pandemic. It was an idea to wonder about, how events
might play out, as the dismal news continued about the pandemic.
One of those ideas, was about ruined older cities, ancient civilizations,
could they have been endangered to the point of disappearing, by
something like a virus. What would be left of our civilization,
after digging through piles of rubble, would future humanity find
Ancient Vessels containing our ideas, our gadgets, our marketing
banners, our broken computers, our rusting car parts? What would
they find? What would we choose to store away as something of great
value for others to find? I just ran with the idea of my version
of our modern Ancient Syrens, hanging on to bits and pieces of our
modern culture stuffed in an airtight time capsule, our great modern
items reduced to small ideas stuffed inside of fragile metal vessels.
I use an alternate spelling, preferring Syren to Siren, to modernize
the word for my own purposes. The idea of Syrens in my paintings,
was drawn from Greek mythology which was one of my favorite book
topics to read as a young person. The ideas in Greek mythology are
timeless and very visual.
Mari Hall describes her painting style as folk art, with a balance
of ethnic references, flowing into her description of her art as
African American Folk Art which probably defies formal catalogue.
The influences for her contemporary oil paintings derive from a
host of painters, who also embraced flat plane composition, fauvist
color and abolished formal constraints of chiascuro modeling, horizon
lines and light versus shadow. Her modern artist eye does not deny
the influence of modern advertising, modern photography and modern
humor. She describes herself as a self-taught artist leaning heavily
upon the works of Henri Matisse, Paul Klee, Vincent Van Gogh and
Paul Gauguin, with a host of other artists shuffled in between days
and nights of perusing art in its many forms, including music. Her
African American Folk Art is also influenced by Haitian paintings
which fly in the face of gravity and reason into torrents of color
and history. Mari Hall prefers the sticky torpid passion of oil
paint with its dangers and fumes, to the more readily prized acrylic
paint. The entire experience of painting with oil is sensory to
the extreme, propelling her into the azure skies of creativity with
a touch of Mojave Desert madness. To calm her flight into the vagaries
of chaotic paint, Mari sometimes tosses out a novel, as writing
for her, is another form of painting, only with words.
Mari Hall started painting in her late 20s as a way to fill her
time with something constructive and engaging. Painting became a
gateway into an emotional and mental space that stretched into decades
of intense learning, expansion, failure, success, dreaming that
forever she would have tubes of oil paint, boxes of pencils, bottles
of ink, reams of paper, rolls of canvas with endless amounts of
time and energy to push all of each strand into some visual form
that held pleasure for another besides herself. She is in her fourth
decade of painting and hopes to mimic forever her desires in paint
until she can no longer hold a brush.
ElectricMoonBaby is African American Folk Art 2020, Outsider Art
in the Key of Life.
ElectricMoonBaby is Mari Hall, Artist & Writer.
ElectricMoonBaby is American, Contemporary, Constant, Flavored.
ElectricMoonBaby is Art in a Fun Key. Enjoy.