Forms of Beauty
“Divergent Thought” an artists forum to showcase innate beauty found in the human spirit. Susan and Tarver heartily explore, immersed together with wildly colorful combinations of shapes forming this expansive body of work.
We are thrilled to share our collaboration with special guest, mentor and contemporary artist, Steve Griffin.
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Artist's Statement: As a painter meandering through the world of divergent thought I aspire to build connections to my higher self. Curiosity allows the channel to the unseen realms where color emanates unexpressed emotion and shapes establish the structure for embodiment. Beauty abounds as art renders my life’s journey into the unknown with vivid accuracy.
Artist's bio: Tarver Harris is an artist working in abstraction. To her painting is an exploration into the unknown to discover something new, oftentimes an emotional journey. She revels in the pure joy of squeezing paint onto a surface and moving it around with sponges, brushes or squeegees creating unique colors and textures. In this manner multiple layers are built up and then sanded or scrapped away to expose what is underneath giving her pieces a sense of antiquity. As she delves into this tactile experience animating the design elements of color, shape and form her life is art and her inspiration is the everyday occurrences of nature.
“This intuitive process is so exciting because each piece reveals itself to me and the outcome is a complete surprise. I enjoy the tactile and visual experience that art brings to my life creating a sense of wonder and excitement. Each piece facilitates a shift in my perspective as it naturally unfolds before me, nothing is by chance yet neither is it planned.”
Tarver graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Arts and Design. She is an award winning graphic designer who worked in advertising and magazine publication creating a extensive print portfolio. Currently living in Stafford, VA with her husband and dog along Accokeek Creek. You may contact her [email protected] || Tarver Studio.
Artist's Statement: Something divergent is moving away from what is expected, moving away from a path or a static artistic style. Inspired by the work of Jylian Gustlin and Melinda Cootsana undefined faces and abstracted positive and negative spaces intertwine in figurative pieces and imaginary places. Off the beaten track. Things seen and imagined lead this work into diverse compositions and directions, colors and marks as a body of work that won't stay still.
Artist's bio: Born with a good left hand, Susan Tilt went through reams of paper and boxes of crayons from an early age. Her first public exhibit, held at the University of Kentucky, was a self portrait created during kindergarten and by age nine she knew wheat she should do. She should make art.
Susan took a circuitous route to that goal as a life unfolded, hitting her toes on more than a few stumbling blocks.
Inspiration was collected along the way as she moved and moved from Charleston to Somerset England to Virginia, Florida, and New Orleans. In recent years she has added four trips to Cuba and other travel collecting more ideas and experiences that find the way into her art making. She took classes from place to place and earned a degree in studio art from Mary Washington College in 1998. the artist now lived in Colonial Beach.
The experience of many birthdays is rather surreal to Susan, who never thinks of stopping due to age. Feeling a little bit wiser, blessed with health, and highly motivated, she seeks to share a positive outlook on life and ageing through her art.