|Oil Paintings ~ African
American Folk Art
Mari Hall, Artist
|"Midnight" 12 in W X 16 in H - $225 USD
Fine Art Giclee Print on Watercolor Papers, Archival Quality
African American Folk Art
Art in the Key of Life
Heat. A press of bodies everywhere, the streets are overflowing with
people, in every direction there are people, people, in costume, or
not, with an exhale of desire for lift above all the ordinary, here
comes the Mardi with the Gras of Carnivale, an evaporation of all
that even approaches ordinary, in a long twining string of dancers,
filling the streets, shoulder to shoulder, feet stomping, mouths singing,
arms waving, costumes hiding, bodies shoving, shouting anything but
English, my unlearned ears cannot absorb the heart of their words.
But it does not matter as I stuff another bit of spicy food into me,
drinking something with a tastes of rum not wine. What time is it
-- What is time. I fogot my watch or maybe my watch flew away on a
swan, back to Los Angeles where a watch might be something meaningful,
helpful, necessary, wanted, prized, given, being that schedules do
not apply when Mardi is Gras.
What is time day month does not matter while I am watching a parade
of folly and strong, dancing along as they have for so many years,
reliving a history that I do not comprehend, feeling very blan, so
very blan, too blan, walking with my American feet that never shed
blood on this soil, for it is not my life, it is not my country, and
while I am here I know that I cannot comprehend with my English American
who they are and they cannot see who I am. I am no longer am I, a
part of that but color, exceptionally, not by color as it does not
apply when I know beyond all that it is my color not, but me, being
from another place over there, where I cannot see them at all, and
they will only see blan, and that becomes part of the Gras of Mardi.
I am outside of it all but not wanting to declare how outside I am,
I remain seated rather than dancing freely along the streets until
the dawn arrives. Carnivale Port Au Prince Haiti. Truly experienced
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.
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