Today we’d like to introduce you to Tess Israelson.
Tess, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I grew up in Utah. Went to the Art Institute of Chicago for college. Left art school to travel. Lived in many different countries and states throughout the US. Traveling is my passion and inspires me to create new work.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I am a sculptor first and a painter second. I create a mix of figurative, floral and sometimes abstract sculpture and paintings. When sculpting, I work from solid blocks of water-based clay and then cut it into pieces to hollow, before putting it back together for firing and glazing. When painting, I use watercolors, acrylic and oils. I make art because I have to, if I don’t make art I begin to feel angst and uncomfortable. I meditate daily and through that I have found deeper meaning in human life. Meditation inspires me to seek deeper levels of understanding and answers all of my questions. Because of the meditation, the energy behind my work can come through with more clarity. I hope the audience can feel and experience the emotions they need from my work and that it may bring them peace and healing.
Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
I think the role of artists has always been the same. We are here to explain the world in a material form. We make art because it is a part of us. We must do it. It comes through us very naturally. Artists are responsible for every physical material thing on this planet. Clothing, cars, houses, film, music, paintings, tables and chairs, artists have designed and sketched them into being. We have designed every single thing. Without artists there would be no historical artifacts. There would be no material human expression of beauty. Our role is the same as it has always been, to represent and express the human experience. I try not to become too involved in worldly events. Most artists are already extra sensitive to the energies happening in the world. It is their choice to use their art to express for or against human turmoil. Or better yet, to try to beautify & heal Through their art. There will always be human drama, and there will always be artists expressing those dramas.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
People can visit my website: tessartstudios.com and click on the events page to see my current exhibitions and gallery shows.
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