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Today we’d like to introduce you to Colette Von.

Colette, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I am a Contemporary Artist and musician, curator and art installer. I also love volunteering and supporting nonprofits! I grew up in Colorado and moved to LA almost 11 years ago. I’ve been in Echo Park for 6ish years now and managed the art gallery One One Six Two for about a year and a half.

In that time, I hosted more than 45 shows and exhibitions, 25+ pop-ups, 800+ individual artists from over 2-dozen countries, 500+ performers, and raised thousands of dollars for some of my favorite nonprofits (RAINN, Downtown Women’s Center, LA LGBT Youth Center). In 2018, I was accepted into the Los Angeles Art Association and also became a member of the Foundry Art Centre.

One thing that tends to surprise people upon getting to know me – I am legally blind. You wouldn’t know it by looking at me, as I am still high functioning, but I am extremely visually impaired with a degenerative and non-corrective retinal disease called Cone-Dystrophy. This mainly affects my central vision, color, overall acuity, light sensitivity, and depth perception. My “disability” isn’t obvious to most people right away, but I’m beginning to use a white-cane more often which makes it easier for people to identify I have some sort of eye-thing, but the grey-area between vision and blindness still seems to be tough for some people. I was born with CD, so I’ve learned to cope.

My background is in music, but visual art took a strong hold of me a few years back. I plan on continuing painting and creating work, and evolving what that looks like as my eyes continue to change. Fortunately, I am still able to install art on 20-foot ladder, so let me know if you need any help getting work up on the wall, in the window, or the ceiling.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I am a painter! I work with acrylic and latex paints, watercolors, charcoals, and ink to create disassociated faces, bodies, and expressions. The bigger the canvas or surface, the better, especially when it comes to murals! My style is a little abstract, and I like to use negative space that speaks of our emotion and cognitive grasp of experiences. I like using a grayscale palette, due to my colorblindness, but include color or metallics when appropriate. I often include political themes, cultural and historical events, and social commentary to inspire my pieces. There are plenty of messages, but overall, I do my best to create from an honest, perhaps vulnerable place that hopefully translates to the viewer.

I’m finding my art voice with every mural and fine art piece. Like music, painting is a language and I’m just beginning to understand its vocabulary. There are things that I NEED to communicate, and I’m finding my way in expressing my stories. Painting has become a conversation that I couldn’t quite have through music because, in certain situations, I can be more anonymous and watch the takeaway that viewers have, or hear their thoughts without physically or personally engaging them.

My work has certainly evolved, for the better, I think. In the beginning, it was very amateur and basic- eyes, faces (usually women) with little composition. As I experimented, the pieces got bigger, then much bigger, and began to form my style of layers and form detachment, and began looking more fine-tuned. People get different things from my pieces, but the goal is always to present an honest perspective, and if I did my job, to make them feel something.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I have murals popping up around Los Angeles, most recently I completed a collaboration piece (with Mego Street Art) on the side of The NEUTRA Museum & Institute in Silverlake (between Cha Cha Lounge and Silverlake Wine) called “Her Body, Her Choice”.

For my artwork portfolio, art merch, additional mural locations, or a list of past, present, and future exhibitions, people can hop on my website! www.colettevon.com

Support comes in many shapes and sizes! For commissions, curation or installation services, or live painting bookings, I recommend a consultation, which can be booked through my website as well!

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