Mixed media artist Marisabel Gonzalez shares a collection of abstract paintings that draw from emotions and memories. Find more of her art on her website.
All that I am comes through my art.
My background in medicine, my career as an artist, my experiences of motherhood and my life as an immigrant; all blend in my practice which predominantly revolves around painting.
Working with an abstract composition, I explore the psychological effect of colour and how it can be used as an effective tool of communication.
Within the bright and gestural artworks, I present day-to-day experiences from a playful perspective. I invite the viewer into a compassionate conversation with themselves and with others.
Inspiration is drawn from multiple sources—a situation, an emotion, a conversation and a strong link to memories from home, family, friends and tradition.
The initial concept, and the images derived from it, are given a specific colour, laid down on the canvas briskly and intuitively. As the paint is applied in subsequent layers, these initial images are twisted, transformed and sometimes lost altogether.
The creation of these multiple semi-transparent layers is aided by using various materials, such as acrylics, oils, crayons, spray paint and charcoal.
I usually take notes of words, slang and phrases both in English and Spanish. These are descriptive of a particular situation and sometimes can become the title of the final work. On occasions, these words may also acquire a written form on the canvas to help me emphasize the composition’s communication or to drive the viewer’s attention in a particular direction.
The completion of a painting involves a process of constant questioning and editing. The back-and-forth interrogation and answer that takes place resembles what I used to do in my clinical practice.
Giving insight into the emotional aspect of human nature, the visual narrative of my paintings creates works that feel light, bright and happy. They are my attempt to inspire conversations that bring joy and peace into our daily lives.