Current work: Mask Making for Covid 19 Safety in public.
Fairyland of Oakland, CA Beatrix Potter- Summer Series 2020
ARTIST STATEMENT TonyaMarie
I choose to express my artistic vision through mixed media sculpture. I thrive with the freedom from commitment to any one technique, material, or process. It is this freestyle approach combined with a vast assortment of artistic skills, unusual experiences, extreme curiosity, and observations of life that fuel my work.
Fabrics and textiles offer this same feeling of freedom for me due to their possibilities for manipulation of textures, colors, patterns, and shapes to transform space. I combine other objects or materials with the fabrics when it will further convey my narrative concepts. My approach and aesthetic of interesting color use, textures, and fine detail are the defining constants in my work along with being a cruelty free designer. My subjects are most often nature or animal inspired including my interest in the beautiful bizarre and anthropomorphic worlds.
Through my life’s adventures and research, the inspiration for my work comes from a multitude of subjects and characters, often animals, as I see them, in an anthropomorphic view. My concept is often fact based then embellished as elements transform into a theatrical narrative of my own vision .
My work welcomes viewers into my imagination while incorporating layers of interest, and often fact-based secrets to find, depending on how deeply they choose to respond to the invitation.
TonyaMarie~ Artistic Director/artist/owner of Gypsy Cat Studios