Ink or Swim Tattoo
Address: 1708 E Lincolnway Suite C. Valparaiso, IN 46383
Hours of Operation: Tuesday – Saturday: 12am – 8pm
Staff Contact: Kerri Kello
Public Restrooms: YES
Public Parking: YES
Handicap Accessible: YES
- ARTIST STATEMENT
As an artist, I am most drawn to alternative and antique photographic processes. I appreciate the quantity of labor and time needed to complete these types of images and I enjoy the tactile quality of the resulting work.
In my general art practice I am interested in process, materials, and craftsmanship in conjunction with concept. I often feel compelled to represent the figure (both animal and human) in my work. These images deal with identity; they are self-portraits and they are inspired by my lifelong interest in nature and natural history. Reimagining and reinterpreting stories, magic realism, and creating tableaus are all of interest to me.
- FEATURED ARTWORK
- ARTIST STATEMENTI grew up surrounded by paint, paper and crayons always within my reach. I would doodle and draw but I also had play-doh, which started my love for making things with my hands.
Sculpting is an escape – I do not overthink when I am working. I like being able to see all perspectives of my work, turning and moving the piece as it develops. I start with an idea, but as I sculpt and mold the clay my fingers create something that surprises even me. My piece is finished when I feel nothing more can be added to it or else it would overwhelm the design.
I feel focused when I draw – I want to create a world that the viewer can jump into and explore. In the example piece of the “Greek gods” I took every day young men and transformed them into the powerful Poseidon, Hades and Hermes. My self-portrait brings the viewer into my world of introspection. With each drawing the challenge of figuring out how to maneuver my hand to create a realistic image is totally encompassing.
I find myself falling into the image I created as much as I hope my viewers do.
The following pieces on my profile are examples of my work. The pieces I will be submitting are in progress.
- FEATURED ARTWORK
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