Marlene Llanes presents "Places and Perceptions"

By: Ross Herosian Filed under: Visual Design

May 16, 2017

Ai Austin instructor, and accomplished artist, Marlene Llanes, has a exhibit at the Mexican American Cultural Center in Austin running now through June 22. Here's just a sneak peek and explanation from Marlene on her work both on- and off-campus.

What was the inspiration for your artwork?

The inspiration from my artwork comes from my own life experiences, past, present and how they interconnect while affecting the future. While my paintings may be personal, I feel that they are not complete until the viewer connects with the painting and may actually find a new meaning for it. The idea or experience that originated the painting is not important anymore once the painting is finished, what's important is the actual painting that now exists for the viewer to see. For this reason, during the creative process I try to keep in mind that the resulting painting must be pleasant to the eye. Each painting must be something that the viewer enjoys looking at it. I feel that some artists nowadays have gotten away from that. In their attempt to create unique "edgy" images (nothing wrong with that), they have forgotten or may not think it's important to incorporate beauty into art. I think it's important. It's almost like creating poetry through images (instead of words). On the other hand, my art is influenced by the Surrealists and Impossible artists.

Stronger Roots by Marlene Llanes

Please explain what we are seeing in your pieces and (MEDIA USED, TECHNOLOGY, OR SOFTWARE USED) how you went about creating them.

My main media is oil on canvas. The creative process is the usual as every artist: I sketch my ideas, play around with the composition, colors, etc. Once I feel comfortable with the sketch I transfer it onto the canvas and then paint it using traditional oil paint methods. In many cases I use several photo references for the different parts of each painting (I take my own photos).

New Mexican Walls by Marlene Llanes

Are there any techniques or experience from creating this work that you bring into the classroom?

Yes, I currently teach Perspective Drawing and I have also taught Observational Drawing which obviously is something I use in every painting so my experience in these areas is something that I share with my students. I want them to create beautiful images and even challenge themselves like the Impossible artists! I also share with them the websites where I have been able to sell my work such as (no "m" just ".co") and encourage them to upload their work and who knows, they might start selling! Even the work they create in my classroom could be sold online!

New Order by Marlene Llanes

Is there anything else that you'd like people to know about your work that's included in this exhibit?

I am interested in the concept of perception and how this determines the way reality presents itself differently to each of us. Therefore, at a first glance my paintings include objects and settings that may attract the viewer by their simple beauty or the sense or recognizing what he sees, however, on a closer look the viewer may find himself questioning what he truly sees. Is reality real or an illusion in our minds? On a more personal level, I intend to connect my past, my present, and my future, all in one instance.

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By: Ross Herosian Filed under: Visual Design

May 16, 2017