Love Story 4 | Paintings

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Medium:Acrylic, Charcoal, Oil
Dimensions:18"  x 18"
Weight:3 lbs
Delivery Format:2D Artwork
Additional Description:This is one of approximately 6 pieces (so far) in a series of love stories. I wanted to capture the immediacy and simplification of vintage illustrations and combine them with more intimate or symbolic contemporary imagery, all while experimenting with mark-making, new materials, and limited palettes.
I love the drama of vintage illustrations. Exaggerated emotions with simplified imagery, at once intriguing and mysterious. I started this piece as a drawing based on an old found love story, short and temporary, in a magazine I cannot recall. It then sat around for years, unsure of what I wanted to do with it.

Eventually, a friend introduced me to another contemporary artist that inspired the painting of the empty bed scene. I find the result somehow both sexy and sad.
Artist StatementMy collage-based work re-contextualizes found and personal images to form narratives reminiscent of life expectations, outcomes, and potential. I gather reference materials from contemporary and vintage sources and am interested in how our exposure to these media images affects our perception of our own lives. I strive to keep the work open to interpretation while wrapped in nostalgia, curiosity, and desire, among other emotions.
Artist BiographySerena Stevens has shown art nationwide in a variety of group, juried, and solo shows. She grew up in Southeast Iowa, and has since lived in California, New Mexico, Rhode Island, and now Iowa City, where she is studying for her Master of Fine Arts degree as an Iowa Arts Fellow. She has received awards and recognition including: FRESH 2D award winner for emerging artists in Los Angeles, the Grand Prize in the Annual Contemporary Art Survey at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins, Colorado, inclusion in the 8th Semiannual Dave Bown Projects and has been featured in Execute Magazine and Amadeus Magazine (coming out in late January.)
Education
Laguna College of Art and Design
Western Illinois University|Graduated
Southeastern Community College|Graduated
What I Love Doing
I grew up on the Mississippi River and love being around water; I could spend all of my days basking in the sun on any beach. I adore animals and spend lots of time cuddling my dog, Twix, and my cats, Oliver and Patrick. I like staying up late and sleeping in, traveling to new places, seeing and experiencing new things, and while I don't like exercising, I do love dancing. I'm always listening to music in my studio, and occasionally take breaks to move my body to it.
What I Find Beautiful
Formal concerns in art that are ever prevalent in life: light, color, shape. Human expression and experience: love, sexuality, happiness, sadness. The innocence of youth, the wisdom of old-age, big cities, green countrysides, a clear night's sky, or a stormy night's sky, sunsets and the usual things. ...most things, really.
My Favorite Memory
I once went on a snorkel trip that stayed out after dark. Snorkelers, like myself, stayed on top of the water shining lights down, and scuba-divers went to the bottom to shine lights up, creating a tunnel of light. This light attracted plankton, and the plankton attracted manta rays, with wingspans twice as wide as I was tall at the time. They would do these backflips up to the surface of the water where one came belly to belly with me. It was so surreal and an unforgettable experience.
My Favorite Art Style
I love so many different kinds of art and admire so many artists for so many reasons; inspiration is everywhere!
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Artwork Medium Acrylic, Charcoal, Oil
Artwork Underlying Themes Change, Life - coming of age, Life - accumulation of experiences, Loss, Love for a - partner
Creative Style Contemporary/Transitional, Decorative, Figurative , Layered, Minimalism, Modern, Narrative, Portraiture, Realism, Vintage
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Recipient No
Personality Type No
Subject Matter Fantasy, People
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