Artist: Alice Andreini
Exhibition: No-Mans Land
Media: MFA, Drawing and Painting
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
Artist, Alice Andreini, is pursing a MFA in drawing and painting. She describes her landscape paintings as a critique on the traditional picturesque landscape painting. Rather than painting a clear image of nature, Andreini chooses to paint nature using spatial illusions.
Andreini’s use of spatial illusion is a unique take on the traditional landscape painting. In each of her paintings, one can see a lot of texture, and a variety of colors. Something she incorporates in her paintings is a little flag. For some people, they might not notice it if standing too far. From what I understood, the importance of the flag is like leaving a mark.
Rather than being inspired by nature, Andreini is inspired by her own question of why she looks at nature. From that perspective, she begins drawings. First, she begins with a loose sketch, and then lets the painting tell her what do next. Her choice of color is inspired by the the landscape being observed.
I found Andreini’s use of spatial illusion to be interesting because it is a less common technique when painting landscapes. Andreini’s style is unique, and inspiring. It’s great to see a new perspective towards landscape paintings.