mixed media image by
RANDI MATUSHEVITZ | Eco-Humanist + Artist
I am a teller of folkloric tales that point to the identification of humanity, comparing and contrasting the psychological effect of perceived oppressions and freedoms within contemporary urban environments. In a search to redefine meaningfulness, I question how emotional attitude impacts individual, community, and global reality. The space I depict is an inner unconscious where psychological currents (like the physical currents of air, water) are visible. I explore psychological dark and light, the tension of anxiety and fear, and the quietude of contentedness and assurance. The legacy of fear of the different and the unknown reveals a divide and conquer mentality that perpetuates current pessimistic trends in the 21st century. I propose that each of us is the other and is vital and necessary to humanity and the global community.
Through the process of drawing, using repetition, tagging and mark making, the image emerges from layering charcoal, pastel and spray paint on paper, board or canvas. Narrative in my work echoes life in the 21st century and considers real and imagined love, play, work, and family in daily life.
My influences are varied: science fiction, folk tales and myths, history, romantic literature, movies, television, and current popular culture. I look to artists William Kentridge, Basquiat, Keith Haring and Francisco Goya for Baroque drama, composition, chiaroscuro, mark making and semiotic relationships. My narratives redefine the psychosocial legacy of the other via, and compare and contrast perceptions of inspirational emotions with those that are self and socially defeating.
Enjoy more of Randi’s work on her website, randimatushevitz.com