in the studio with kelly inouye
her name was familiar to me and i thought she might be an artist beside a writer, so i looked her up. and i really liked her work. in the process of communicating i asked if she would want to trade studio visits and she did ! [although she can't come to mine until post kitchen fiasco].
it is the perfect example of how you can manage to make work in all kinds of spaces.
she has this great closet door moving wall system so she maximizes her wall space. she can move the panels as she needs to ... it's brilliant.
her lovely desk/work area.
in room number 2 she has a nice clean space which she appears to use more as a gallery/hanging area to look at the work.
here's her statement on that work [and i also remember those mutual of omaha shows/ads SO well]
"The Company You Keep" references Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, the archetypal nature show I watched every Sunday evening as a kid in which Marlin Perkins sends Jim Fowler to study animal behavior in particularly dramatic made-for-TV ways. The show first struck me as an odd advertising mechanism for insurance. I found many of their slogans simplistic and hilarious, especially in light of the state of the US healthcare system. By viewing this show as a time capsule reflecting the mentality of the era in which it was created, the drawings have evolved to examine: the application of science to investigate mysteries of the natural world, the use of language to elevate the importance of a project, having the best intentions but being unable to foresee unintended consequences, and above all, Man’s classic literary struggle with Nature.
and also work from her sitcom series
Sitcom Series was inspired by the perverse, nostalgic relationship I felt toward the television shows I watched as a kid growing up in the 70s and 80s, a bygone era that was not that long ago. The idea came about through conversations with co-workers and friends about why we remembered so many trivial details from these shows, yet frequently forgot more important things like social security numbers or impending deadlines. I started using watercolor in its loosest form to depict these characters in an effort to amplify that sense of odd sentimentality and test the boundaries of just how much information was needed to make a recognition. As time passes and these images become dated, their complexity and cultural significance evolves.
i was particularly drawn to the shifts in scale she made... small and large figures. how she removed them from a scene and simply presented the character to you. in a void more or less. the negative space is so lovely [yes yes i'm a broken record about negative space]. it's almost a guessing game sometimes as to who is who [if i was a better fan of the show i recognized them faster].
the other thing that was fascinating was how emotionally connected they felt. to her... to me... i've seen other artists who work with film/tv stills and often times there is a removal - a coldness - that's inherent in the work. sometimes this works to the artist's advantage, but more often than not it leaves me wanting more.
with kelly's work i definitely felt sucked in. it didn't matter if i knew who the characters were - there was such grace and also tension in the way that they were rendered that i easily begin to see them as nostalgic members of my own family. which in way they ARE - because whether or not you watched the shows they have somehow seeped into our collective pop culture conscious.
we also had a great time swapping kid stories. she has a daughter almost the same age as mine. the mother artist tribe is a subset community... i feel like when we find like minds in this smaller set of makers we have to hold on for dear life.
i also had the STRONGEST urge to arrange her colored pencils in color order. but i refrained. although it did give me the idea that perhaps i should do this as a side project. go into artist studios and arrange their supplies for them. one - it would be funny, two - it would make for some really pretty photos, three - i could use it as an excuse to get into more artist studios.