UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
This piece was done with acrylic paint on a canvas board and touches on my main concern at the moment; exhaustion. Being a full time student, working thirty hours a week, and finding time to help out with my family, it has been difficult to juggle this busy schedule and take care of myself properly, especially with sleep. A good sleep schedule was never one of my strengths as I have always found myself to feel more comfortable at night. So recently as I take steps to be a healthier person, I wanted to express my exhaustion (both mental and physical) in my work. The dark circles and empty look of her eyes show that although she is content, she is not taking good care of herself, and her disproportionate body represents her inability to think clearly. Her hair flowing in waves and swirls shows that she is walking through life in a dream-like state, finding herself to be wrapped up in fantasies and philosophy instead of planting her feet in reality.
My name is Kara Saucyn and I am a multimedia artist from Morris county New Jersey. I specialize mostly in pen and ink designs involving symmetry and aspects of nature, and am often hard at work on mandala designs and portraits. Work involving intricate detail has always been an interest of mine, and since starting this work I have sold many of my mandalas both in physical form, and as tattoo designs.
Growing up a dancer, I was always involved in performance art, but quickly learned I wanted to find more ways to express my thoughts and emotions. I decided to learn how to draw and paint, as well as begin a journey in music and sound art. When I became skilled at those forms of art I added cinematography and video editing to the list, but the focus still remains on my visual art in both painting and working with pen and ink. MY mandala designs always soothed me when I was a teenager, and so I decided to try to sell them as more and more people expressed their interests in them. Once I found myself becoming bored of the repetition involved in designing mandalas, I shifted my focus over to learning more about painting. With this ambition I took many art classes in high school, and decided to continue my education at an art school called Montserrat College of Art in Beverly Massachusetts. I learned a lot about color theory and painting/drawing from observation, and watched my creative expression gain some direction. However I was still having a hard time fully expressing what I wanted to, and found it increasingly difficult to learn more about my work at an art school.
I decided that after learning what I had learned in my foundation year that I wanted to transfer schools to get a more well rounded education, and gain some understanding and inspiration to use in my work now that I had achieved my goals of understanding different mediums and improving at drawing and painting from life. I ended up transferring to Ramapo College of New Jersey where I am majoring in Contemporary Arts with a contract major in Music, Film, and Visual art. Once the Coronavirus pandemic of 2020 hit, school was all online and I had nothing but time to explore my creative side.
I found myself writing music, painting large pieces on my wall, exploring colors and forms and even trying my hand at terra-cotta clay sculptures. I found a way to incorporate my animated style into my paintings while using my knowledge of color to make my art look elegant and graceful while also using my knowledge of mandalas in my recent work (which is something I struggled with for a very long time). All of my recent work is inspired by exhaustion, and hyper awareness of time and how it affects us as both individuals and a collective. As my creative journey continues, I hope to utilize my knowledge of video recording/editing and music in order to express these same themes and my feelings toward them, but for now my paintings are my focus.
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Acrylic on Canvas