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Familiar Amnesia by Mivala Familiar Amnesia by Mivala
My last piece completed in 2012 (just an hour short of midnight). I'm truly hoping this isn't the last surreal image that I share, though. If 2013 is kind....

Anyway, this one probably took the longest of my recent endeavors, as I suppose you could say I was practicing my patience -- and that being said, I racked up about 6 hours of total time spent fiddling around. I suffer from momentary blindness when I get too caught up in this kind of art...:'| Creating is hard on the eyes.

As far as what was going through my head, I did this over the course of the 3 days so my mood changed quite a bit throughout the whole process. I'm still fixated on the "patterns" I see in life, so I like to reflect those as best I can in these images. My familiarity with people, ideas, and total nonsense. Influence, forgetfulness, deja vu....etc. My mind gradually hurled it into my 11"x14" sketchbook via my hand and a wonderful pen (Inc. Forma 0.7 ... cheaaaaaaaap black ballpoint that's pretty true to the color black).

Happy New Year to all from the gal who likes to draw during holidays.:') May 2013 bring the potential for the best~

(better quality photo soooooooonish)
God, I love triangles.
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I am absolutely astonished at how much is actually going on in this image, the pixelated flashes of realism in contrast to the surreal imagery of the sun rising over the sand dunes in the desert as well as the strange repeating hallway area in the top area all collide together spectacularly in combination with the the classic surrealist bold lined optical illusion parts and the row of strange shiny spheres.

Its easy to see that a drawing like this is the beginning of a fantastic love affair with the arts, now I want to run to the store and pick me up a batch of tasty cherries!
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josegoncalo Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
suicidalmosher Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013   General Artist
Very nice work!
Mivala Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Grazie mille!
el-dub Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
marvelous! and a great sense of "infolding" if i can use that term. i don't know if you've ever read harold rosenberg's study on arshille gorky, but what you wrote about the process of creating this piece reminded me a little of what he (rosenberg) had to say about what abstraction finally meant for gorky:

"for him, abstract art meant, finally, not abstracting from experience, but making experience over through a protracted series of connected efforts; a sketch was an event which led to another, not a draft to be perfected. for him, as for the action painters, the canvas was not a surface upon which to present an image, but a "mind" through which the artist discovers, by means of manual and mental hypotheses, signs of what he is, or might become. to this mind, gorky brought the accumulations of the hand that reveal him to being in fact the artist he had begun by inventing."
Mivala Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for sharing that quote, it's really interesting to see such an interpretation of an artist.:) I'm intrigued!
el-dub Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
yeah, i had that same LIGHTBULB! moment when i first read that quote. the whole book by rosenberg is really good, but is probably out of print by now. but that phrase "the accumulations of the hand" is what really seems to make the point. i mean, there's that moment in any creative act, when all of the structures that are necessary for a work of art to even exist somehow melt or are overcome or are even thrown out through some spontaneous or autonomous sense of agency, an act with all the fluidity and grace of a gesture. or, to end with another quote "let the line surpass your uses" and "they must go beyond the bounds of their art." from robert duncan's poetry
Mivala Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I find that Dali's "Paranoiac-Critical" method is vaguely reminiscent of this idea (and I actually only just looked up the concept -- I'm a Dali addict but sometimes it spoils it for me when I look up definitions and meaning to early on, lol)

From what I understand, it's the development of an image through an awareness of what manifests itself in one's original idea. Intentional and subconscious improvisation ... something along those lines.
But yes, I'm intrigued now by the idea that we (as modern artists) are able to define our own creativity; this, through the phrases and philosophies of past artists. And what we can't already define kind of reminds me of how there exist colors that the human eye cannot see. Doesn't mean that originality/color doesn't exist... maybe it just doesn't exist for us to see or create....

Off on tangents tonight, lol Hope some of that made sense. I've left a lot of online art discussions kind of open recently and I'm just now addressing them all!:P
I'm just fascinated!
el-dub Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
i think that there's always been a tendency in modern art to map out or try to reach those colors that we can't see yet know exist. i think the same is true in poetry: to speak the unspeakable. and yes, what you're saying does make sense. an art that is open to or at least points to a different set of possibilities in the world, even if that is never fully realized in any one given piece (and probably never could be).
Mivala Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
EchoplexSermon Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I love the title, it flows very well into the piece itself. :)
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