Artist of the Week – Cassandra Hincks

February 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

Cassandra Hincks

Art: it inpsires, it thrills, it liberates, it shares, and of course, it makes us feel. Feeling does not always come when you’re an observer; occasionally, art does not move people at all. But most often, it moves people differently. Three people all looking at an apple see the apple in very different ways… But, when you’re looking at a painting of an apple, what do you feel then? The awe and wonder the artist has for such a delicious and beautiful fruit? Do you understand the loathing for a healthy snack, forced on the artist for years by health-conscious parents? Or perhaps, there is no feeling at all: a lifeless, wonderless piece of art?

This week’s Artist of the Week, Cassandra Hincks, offers to the viewer a true bevy of emotion. She evokes everything from whimsical fancy, to adventure, to the very stuff of a coulrophobe’s worst nightmares. The emotional journey this emerging artist can inspire is breathtaking… But how did she start?

Her journey began with horses, her first subjects, at a very young age. Their grace and majesty filled pages in her sketchbook as she was drawn into the world of art. “It then grew into a sort of therapy for me and helped me to forget about the world for a bit,” she explains. “It was something I could get lost in and just become completely focused on and I loved it.”

Needless to say, her focus was worth the effort, as her passion grew so, too, did her skill. She began to explore the minutist details of nature: water droplets on a leaf after a rainfall, a misty morning in the woods, the tufts of hair on a beloved cat. Her eye for detail became ever more attuned to the world around her. And what catches her eye serves as inspiration. It allows her the freedom to choose various subjects, to try new things and to explore the limits of what can be transferred to a canvas or a sheet of paper.

“My inspiration comes from many things, but mainly thoughts, experiences, and just random ideas that pop into my head. I’m pretty much just exploring everything that I can and trying to find myself as an artist as well as a person.”

No stranger to a small-town atmostphere, Hincks understood she was never meant for the “big city”. Raised in Nippissing, it was the quiet presence of nature that first drew her to the Haliburton School of the Arts: the intense dislike she feels for the fast-paced environment of city-life was not the ideal headspace for her…

While attending her program, Hincks explored the connection between fibre and painting, weaving the mediums together into intriguing compositions. “[At] school I learned so many things, it made it really hard to find a medium I absolutely love; I enjoy little things about them all so I combine them a lot  and switch back and forth. Right now, I’m exploring graphite on raw canvas and embroidery.”

And her explorations are certainly poignant: although the experience might differ for every viewer, there is no question that every viewer will certainly feel something when they experience Hinck’s works.

Cassandra can be contacted via email at cassandrahincks@hotmail.com .

To view more of her work, please go to www.cassandrahincks.weebly.com .

Artist of the Week – Angie Quick

February 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

Ecstasy. Religiosity. Passion.

Angie Quick

Angie Quick can tell you all about bold: colour, shape, size. Both in painting and glassblowing, her art is anything but timid. Best of all, she has found a way to reconcile both mediums, allowing her glassblowing pieces to appear as characters in her paintings, and likewise infusing imagery  from her paintings on the blown glass. Many of her works invoke the breathtaking scenery of her sojourn at the  Haliburton School of the Arts, as well as the organic and spontaneous nature of the Earth.

Art is the endeavour to carnalize religion; it is the deification of man’s purpose. My art feasts on the will to live; the divine passion of being.  The art is enshrined by the idea that the soul must devour itself to purify the meaning:  art is the life. Painting is the extension of the ideal.

My works deal in an encyclopedia of symbolism:  beautiful women, an excess of flora, fabric, and a good deal of coupling. I highlight moments of aspiration representing the ascendency of spirit. This is shown through the depiction of ritual, through religiosity without structure incarnated by pattern and rhythm. It is a marriage of logic and faith, wild passion within structured domains, and a straight line decomposing into reckless ecstasy.

I mainly work with oil paint on a large scale, as well as blown glass vessels that are later painted. My paintings and sculptures depict the curvature of form and awareness that the body is majestic; the flesh is contrasted with ornate fabric. With wild strokes I explore the depths of ecstasy. I create visions of life through imbibed eyes, spilling out a body of work consisting in large oil paintings, sculptures and painted vessels. My glass vessels echo my paintings through imagery and the use of luminous primary colours.

Ultimately, my art represents the feelings of unity, rhythm, and a revelation of the seemingly disjointed becoming one.

Angie Quick

Angie can be seen as part of the upcoming group show called “Eclectic”, at The ARTS Project London, Ontario, from February 21-March 3 2012.

She can be reached via email at angievquick@gmail.com or through her website angievquick.com

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