|Oil Paintings ~ African
American Folk Art
Mari Hall, Artist
|"Opus in Passion" 13 in W X 13 in H -
Fine Art Giclee Print on Watercolor Papers, Archival Quality
African American Folk Art
Art in the Key of Life
Masks are a fun idea to work with, especially with paint. Masks have
a fundamental meaning, embued with primal power of their own. They
can mean anything, as they can attach ideas spanning centuries of
traditions. They are allegorical, mythical, tribal, oval, square,
feathered, etched, painted, shaved, shaped, baked, curled, old, plastic,
ceramic, wood, metal, heavy, green, light, red, scary, lovely, churlish,
but probably never wet. Wet masks, sounds moldy, maybe not so enjoyable
to wear. Modern folks usually don't wear masks, with their tailored
clothes, ear buds, and expensive sneakers. It's probably illegal to
get on a plane wearing a mask. I don't think they would let you wear
this mask. Or any mask with only one eye, with things poking off the
side, looking fierce and mythic. We moderns cannot drive around wearing
anything like this mask. We moderns wear internal masks, driven under
the skin with years of conditioning to be wary of leaving our masks
outside. We moderns do not wear masks to transform under a layer of
wood or pearls into what might be a part person touching a part paradigm
leaning over into an hours time before midnight. We moderns do not
indulge in such mythological transitioning, instead, feeling our way
along the bumps of life with another light entirely, more electric,
more foreign, more oval.
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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