Released Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Unplug, by Hollie Chastain.
15% of the sale of this print goes to American Forests.
Hollie Chastain is a full-time found paper and collage artist in Chattanooga, Tennessee. A creative spirit and early interest in art led to dabbling in watercolor, pottery, and glass before settling into collage as a medium of choice. Influenced by nature and fairy tales, she lets water stains, scribble, and natural aging play into her pieces. The subject of the piece is often influenced by the materials as opposed to building around a sketch or idea. She creates a world of adventure and secrets open for the viewer's interpretation.
About the print:
Unplug was originally created for a group show centered around a modern take on the WPA (Works Progress Administration) posters of the 1930s. The administration was started by The New Deal to provide works for artists, and between 1936 and 1943, thousands of posters were created, promoting health and safety, travel and educational programs.
The artists involved with the group show were challenged to create a poster with a message that we wanted to share with a modern audience, with the same intention as the original movement. I set to work on the piece in the late spring, and because of an influx of work, I was spending way too much time inside in front of a monitor. The message was more to myself than anyone else - a reminder that there is always more adventure and beauty in nature than I could ever find online.
What has inspired you recently?
Children and their games. The unseen energy and creativity and thoughts all around us.
Why did you choose to pair American Forests with your print?
American Forests seemed like a natural choice to pair with this print. There will be nothing left of ‘outside’ to enjoy unless we start taking better care of it.
How have you seen art transform the world around you?
I love the idea that art is so subjective and that anyone can do it. It’s my favorite form of self-expression, and I believe it is used every day to share thoughts, inspire, and convey emotions that would be hard to communicate otherwise. It helps us understand each other.
If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
It’s so hard to pick! I think Henry Darger. I love the idea of the self-taught artist and think about all the methods and techniques and tricks he stumbled upon and discovered trying to come to the finished product that he wanted. I would like to sit and watch him work and learn how to let go of the "rules".
Who are some artists you think people should know about?
Souther Salazar, Atherton Lin, Jesse Draxler, Nick Mann, and Alexis Anne Mackenzie, just to name a few.