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Artist Statement – Kristen Johnson Chiggy
As an emerging Artist, my style is bold, bright and intuitive. I paint with no real plan as to where or how my painting will end and what may emerge.
I began painting using this ‘intuitive’ technique simply to achieve two seemingly simple goals. Firstly, it was to feed my deep desire to paint and secondly, to overcome my fear of failing. I was frustrated and afraid I wouldn’t be able to paint. The process of intuitive painting was described to me as fun, easy and there are no mistakes. It was these simple descriptions that helped me move forward and achieve some wonderful, life changing goals.
This has been a short but amazing explorative journey and I am not anywhere near finished. I aim to continue exploring this painting process and am excited to see where it takes me.
I draw my inspiration from my immediate environment, from my heart and soul, people, music and life experiences.
I have chosen to use acrylic on canvas, as it is a sensory medium, I often paint using my hands and fingers, foam brushes and fine paintbrushes. It can be a messy process.
My work is about me and where I am sitting in this fast-paced life we are all living. If I can create a piece of artwork with layers of emotions, experiences, release, affirmations and gratitude. When finished it has depth, creates interest and emotion, then I feel my job as an artist is working.