[Emily Potts] We’re topping off 60 creatives this week, and week 20 deserves a fresh start. What better way to kick it off than with this colorful artist from Lafayette, Louisiana?
Francis Pavy’s paintings explode with color and exquisite details, but his depictions are also soothing. The elements look disparate, but his arrangement comes across as purposeful, almost comfortable in an unlikely setting. His work embodies the Creole, southern liveliness I associate with the region. Every time I look at one of his pieces, I discover something new, a detail that I missed. This is what I love about his work.
I’m sort of hypnotized by all the elements in this piece. It’s crazy and cool and colorful. The layers and textures provide a balance to an otherwise out-of-sync composition. An upside-down vulture? A whale? I’m amazed when I look at this and wonder how Francis knew when it was finished. One more element would have been too much, but would one less element have worked?
Borderlands/The tale of the bird that flew
I love that this is 3D. Again, I don’t know what the hell is going on here, but it works. The neon light, the birds, the letters, the guy in the hat …. It’s brilliant.
In his own words, Francis Pavy is inspired by …
Shawne’s work work is exciting to me. On a larger scale, the pieces read as abstractions or color fields. But on closer inspection they reveal a surprising narrative from all the various objects woven together to make a whole. They make me want to go back to my studio and work.
This piece makes me think of Shawne’s mind and how it is relentlessly pushing and coming up with such a variety of ideas for pieces. But on a surface level, I also ask myself, “How much stuff does she have stored to make something like this? Does she have barrels of colored plastic stuff in the studio corners?”
Shawne Major is inspired by …
Her work inspires me with its stream-of-conscious flow/feel of appropriated pop culture images and stereotypes, lyrical abstractions, and exquisite mark-making.
Lolla Lee Lou
I particularly love this piece with its floating layers of images and the juxtaposition of the different painterly styles that create a pulsing psychological landscape.
I also love the mixed-media work, Rota, that she made in collaboration with the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia. I am drawn to her celebratory handling of the kitsch objects in the piece.
Tune in next week to see who Jiha Moon is inspired by.
Take a look at the complete chain any time.
Emily Potts is senior acquisitions editor at Rockport Publishers.