The sculptural mountains created by Chelsea Criger invite the viewer to face forward while also taking the time to reflect, using a variety of materials, pattern, and techniques to create dream like dioramas of a mini fantasy landscape. We want to explore the details of each one!
Chelsea Criger is an emerging artist currently based in Detroit, Michigan. The mediums she works in are installation art, abstract painting, and sculpture. Her work has been previously exhibited in the Midwest, New York, and London.
Chelsea has previously worked at the Sidewalk Festival Detroit, Lexington Children’s Theatre, the Fish Factory Creative Centre, Hawthorne and Heaney, and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Chelsea holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Design and Technology from Oakland University.
Chelsea shares insight into her work and process:
Having begun my training in the theatre arts, I discovered a love of self-expression through abstract painting, installation art, and sculpture. With my art I explore my endless fascination of human emotions, connections, and experiences, especially my own. My process is often organic and free flowing because of this. While I may have a plan to how a certain project may turn out, by the project completion it will always be at least a tiny bit different due to what the project may need. It is important to my art practice that I explore a different emotion or experience with each piece, though often straying away from dark colors and rather focusing on the vibrancy of each experience, which is reflected in my color palette.
Mountains are magnificent natural structures that are consistently changing but have stood the test of time. Through my newest sculptural series "Peak" I explore the topics of self love and self acceptance through my abstracted version of mountains. I have learned throughout my life that the path to both self acceptance and self care is a continuous, uphill journey. We must keep climbing in order to reach that beautiful summit, and while we may stumble upon the way, that summit is always there for us when we are ready and able to claim it. Each sculpture has a reflective element to it, which signifies how we can reflect back on our past selves, which is vital in order to grow as a person. This will not only aid us in accepting past versions of ourselves, but the current and future versions as well.
Capturing personality in a painting is no easy task, especially when it comes to animals. Raili Jänese creates graphic inspired work, in which she explores the nature of various domestic and wild animals, giving life and personality in two dimensional forms, using just a few lines! Raili Jänese is a self-taught artist from Estonia, who has always been interested in visual arts and design. She moved to Seattle WA in 2018, where she decided to change career paths and follow her passion for creating art.
Curious about animals and their behavior, she utilizes different characters and shapes in her work. She has enjoyed observing and being around animals since childhood, trying to figure out their nature. She is fascinated by how much an animal can tell us without words; serving as inspiration for simplified shapes on her paintings.
In addition to painting with acrylic mediums, Raili is interested in graphic design and digital art. She can be often found sketching something on her tablet …
Vibrant hues in beautifully rendered still lives and figural work capturing often overlooked moments in daily life. The work of Joanna Paola Honeyman creates a narrative inviting the viewer to step back for a moment and observe joy and inspiration in every situation. Her paintings makes us want to pull up a chair at one of her dinners or tea/coffee breaks and take it easy for a moment. We hope you enjoy her work as much as we do! Joanna Paola Honeyman is an artist living in Los Angeles. She has worked professionally as a graphic designer and has experimented with various art forms including calligraphy, jewelry making, photography, printmaking and costume design before finding her passion in oil painting.
Her work focuses on everyday themes, aiming to uplift the observer by taking a lighthearted approach to her subject matter. She explains:
Our daily lives are overwhelmed by many things competing for our attention. We are moving so fast that we often forget to acknowledge the wonderful t…