Artist: Veronica Karpecki
Exhibition: Mixed Aesthetic
Media: Drawing, pencils, mixed medium, paint
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
About the Artist
Because of how this really was not an artist conversation as she was not there. I learned a lot less about the artist. However, she described in her title card that many of her pieces were of a reflection of how she was having a identity crisis at a young age. How she was trying to find who she really was. She also described poisonous relationships with people in her life and how people would judge her and how she shrugged it off and would use all of her past as inspiration for her art pieces.
Her art pieces are mostly cartoonish in nature. The figures are so cartoonish that you can even feel like you have seen them before. Her contours are usually very smooth, which you can see in her Funky Love Machine piece. It seems she emphasizes this feeling of a piece being drawn to life in her art. Her pieces are almost completely of a person and seem to display human qualities. Also, the people are drawn almost without flaw, as if they are perfect in nature. Lastly, the pieces vary in color, some with hot and vibrant colors while others with cool and dark colors.
Her pieces are seemingly self-reflexive. They describe a lot about her life as she has stated. Also, about maybe the roles humans can play. As one piece has the same character as a bird, a devil, and a mummy. So, overall it is a piece of human nature and what role humans can play. What is interesting is her paint piece plays a separate role from what all of her other pieces play. It shares a more cool but lively feel. Funky Funky Love Machine has the character expressing outright happiness, while others do as well, but she is playing a prominent female role. Maybe that characters female role shows an impact on the artist.
Synthesis / My Experience
Personally I really loved this exhibit. I specifically chose this artist because I love how the cartoon-like drawings brought me back to a time in which I saw that type of drawing on a pretty regular basis. Overall, I really enjoyed her pieces. As a whole, the exhibit was of really good artists and actually I would’ve gone to it twice if I had time. Her pieces really did touch a certain younger part of me, wether it was intentional on her end or not. Overall, really loved her pieces.