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ROCIO ARTEAGA

My work is a way to explore the violence I hold. As a creative outlet, painting serves as an alternative to self-destruction, allowing me to release pure emotion. Painting in itself is not a struggle, but permitting myself this release has always been. The issue I deal with is the polarization of emotions versus control. I juxtapose usually blank expressions with vibrant colors and scenes of death or morbid anxiety with humor. I work with acrylic on wood, materials that are cheap, easy to find or steal. I only make available to myself primary colors and mix these, losing control of the outcome of this mixture. With these colors I hope to attract the viewer, like a crow is attracted to a shiny object, yet simultaneously repel the viewer, like the crow's realization that the object is snakes' skin. I question what emotions are appropriate to life's' scenarios. Will the viewer relate to the image or the color?

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Rocio Arteaga: 'Untitled', Acrylic and collage, 1998

"Untitled, " 1998
Acrylic and collage
29" x 20"

 
Rocio Arteaga: 'Over Your Shoulder,' 1997, Acrylic and spray paint on wood.

"Over Your Shoulder," 1997
Acrylic and spray paint on wood.
15 1/2" x 11 1/4"

  Rocio Arteaga: 'Suicide', 1997 Acrylic on wood.

"Suicide," 1997
Acrylic on wood.
46" x 47"




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