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Resa Blatman  Boston, MA

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About Resa

Through my work, I attempt to show nature at odds with itself by playing with the contradictions of emptiness versus fullness, lush versus barren, and rapture versus displeasure. In my paintings, the berries, linear loops, and tiny dots represent an abundance of embryos, eggs, and seeds. Heaps are an important element: these berries, loops, tiny dots, and sometimes creatures accumulate in piles and mounds and represent the bounty of femininity and ripeness.

My compositions are inspired by the Baroque, Romanticism, and Victorian decorative art, as well as botanical imagery, to create a visual feast of fruit, flora, wildlife, and pattern. I take those elements out of their context and give them a surreal landscape or contemporary stage. Most of the elements are representationally painted with form, yet in the same picture others might be used as decorative backgrounds. The elements and patterns represent a kind of human life cycle, with all of its changes and complexities, while the juxtaposition of these ‘three-dimensional’ and flat forms creates a visually rich dialog that refers to the ongoing contradictions mentioned above ‘ lush versus barren. Themes of excess and beauty are also represented through the decorative qualities in the paintings. Yet, these ornamental, invasive patterns creep into the fecund environments of the birds and bats ‘ sometimes overtaking, even strangling the animals ‘ and along with the ominous berry, create a picture of sensuality mixed with undertones of wanting and dismay.

The new paintings include digitally created, laser cut edges. The various edges, which may include animals, insects, and flourishes, are an extension of the patterns within the paintings. These cut forms, along with the shadows made by the cuts, encourage a three-dimensionality to the work, and by doing so, the patterns become more invasive and experiential.

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"Very beautiful!! Intriguing and unique at the same time, with a large amount of fine creativity."

"i want this piece!!!!! please tell me how i can get it!"

"very colorful and fun"

"Love it. It's like Art Deco of the 21st century."

"Wow! The latest paintings are just so amazing. They are so colorful, but so well balanced. They really are capable of creating this great visual depth. I love that the artist really makes these clear connections between their personal exploration and the artwork itself. I love, love, love, how the artist admits the decorativeness and how the pieces have these "ornamental invasive patterns", we are all apt to make art based on our own opinion of beauty. Recognizing this outwardly helps the viewer go further into the art: "It has been admitted and addressed, so look further.", it seems to say... I enjoy the art, because it just feels so unpretentious! It looks as though it was painted with love, and I wish I could see them in person. I bet they have beautiful paint!"

"Wow. You have to look at her website to really get these."

"This is a very intricate, beautiful work that I would love to have in my big imaginary living room."

"i love it thy look great"

"This is truly a unique, fabulous piece of art. You are fantastic at what you do!"

"these are some beautiful pieces... so delicate and unique... i'm amazed..."

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