We asked Sasha Rubel some questions about her upcoming art show here at Amara and here are her answers. We can't wait to see more of her beautiful art! You can learn more about her at sasharubel.com.
We hope you'll join us for the opening of her exhibit this Saturday night (the 14th) from 5:30-8, there will be wine and tea and other treats!
A: What is the work you're displaying this weekend about?
S: It's an exhibit of all new artworks, loosely titled, "Doodles with Intent". The images originally started as a way to fill time and "concretize" my thinking (if there is such a word!). Ultimately it's about creating little worlds within each drawing, with a dynamic component, so for instance, certain images might look almost as if you were to have mixing bowls nested together, spinning simultaneously but at slightly different speeds. The parts interrelate and interact in a dynamic fashion.
I'm especially interested in showing a play of light, and in color relationships and a strong sense of motion and a changeability, so hopefully it's not the same fixed image every time you see it. I'm not interested in symmetry and precision so much as evoking a feeling or mood whether off-kilter, upbeat or contemplative.
A: How long have you been doing art?
S: I've always loved to draw and paint, as long as I can remember. I began making this kind of image when I was in school in 4th grade, returning to it periodically as a high schooler and as an adult. I studied art and film at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and have my Master's from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I've worked professionally in the arts since 1994, participating in gallery shows, doing commissions, and have had a few pieces in museums including the Society of Illustrators 100th Anniversary Exhibit at the Museum of American Illustration in New York. I've also worked as an illustrator and have written and illustrated two completed children's books I'm shopping around.
A: Why did you use the medium that you chose in these particular pieces?
S: These images are divided between ink on paper and digital media prints, with a few paintings in oil on canvas, as well. I have a drawing tablet and actually use both hands, drawing with a stylus and a rollerball mouse. The works in color were created digitally, and are every bit as drawing-intensive as the pen-and-ink drawings, though with different results, of course. There's no real trick, just furiously use your eyeballs, hands and brain, et voilá!
A: What do you want people to take away from your art, if anything?
S: I'd like to lift their mood, or get them to see the world around them freshly. I'd like to make them want to draw and paint as much as I want to draw and paint. That's not to say it's always fun every second, there are most definitely times of doubt and murkiness and uncertainty. But I want to invigorate people, make them feel more alive, attuned and plugged in. Lofty goals, I'm sure!