August 20 th 2010

Acrylic over digital print
5.75" x 9"

The small nuances in color and shape in Mosaic are emblematic of the minutely noticeable and yet powerfully intimate moments of beauty in our lives. I began first with a manipulated digital printout, then laid in watery acrylic paint with plastic on top to achieve an allover texture effect. This technique is itself a symbolic act representative of what my art is trying to share. We are influenced by so many things, both physical and spiritual; similarly, this technique influences the painting in uncontrollable ways that won't be fully displayed until the plastic is removed. Once removed, layers of color are revealed, and I wonder what it would be like to remove to "plastic" from our eyes. What mystery, beauty, evil, and good would we find?

Topics: Arts

Arlissa Vaughn is a professional artist working in acrylic paint and the emerging genre of new media. Her art blends traditional and experimental techniques and mediums to result in visually stimulating mixed media paintings that are reminiscent of the Surrealist and Abstract Expressionist movements. Incorporating rich textures, delicately layered colors, and abstracted imagery, her artwork invites viewers to ponder the sacred and the secular.