Eva Redamonti, a Finalist of the "Show Your World" International Art Competition.
Eva Redamonti's artwork has developed itself over the years. This was partly through practice, but also through her life’s day-by-day experiences, which happened without touching a pen and paper. Before we can explain the work she is creating now, we need to go back and examine her older works.
She always enjoyed the element of imagination and fantasy in her artwork. A few years ago, this was expressed through the medium of Prismacolor. Eva's works were infused with emotion. However, more recently, she has found pen and ink to be the preferred medium in her artwork. With that being said, the greatest challenge to making art without color is engaging the viewers and allowing them to feel the same intensity that artwork with color would have otherwise provided.
When she is creating a piece of art, she thinks in movement, structure, symmetry, and detail. As viewers initially look at the art, Eva's intention is for them to take in everything at once - the flow of one shape into the next, and the balance of dark against light. The artist wants to engage the viewer in a perceptual journey, taking them visually deeper and deeper into a myriad of detail, leaving them quizzical as to what is actual and what is imaginary. She engages them with the details contained in a single leaf or shadow, eluding to an intangible perception.
Eva Redamonti wants to obscure the lines between cosmic fantasy and familiar reality. She wants the viewer to discover things that they hadn’t noticed from their first glance. Most importantly, she wants the viewer to feel that they are looking at something truly beautiful.
When planning the general ideas for her work, Eva chooses venues in which her imaginary themes can move and flow. Her latest series of work, "The Bathtub Series", showcases compositions of old bathrooms in all shapes and sizes. Shifting away from the modern conception of a bathroom which is often boring, sterile, and blank, the artist modeled all her bathroom drawings from an older victorian era. She explored the endless possibilities for motif and theme contained in this one compositional idea - water splashing in the tub, detailed wallpaper, houseplants, naughty kittens - the potential was infinite. Through the fusion of living things, window light reflections, and high detail, she was able to give each bathroom a warm, intimate impression. Inspirations for my style include mainly Japanese woodblock prints by artists such as Hiroshige, Hokusai, and Utamaro.
All of these artists told a story in their pieces in high detail, complemented with a frailty inherent in their very culture. Other sources of inspiration included a set of children nursery rhyme books from Japan, Holland, and France that Eva's mother lent her. The illustrations by Maud and Miska Petersham in the children's books "Tales Told By Holland" and "Nursery Friend from France", and "Little Pictures of Japan" illustrated by Katherine Sturges contain light and carefree strokes of movement - combined with every detail within each ripple of water or lock of hair. Looking at these illustrations cultivated a desire to draw with the same high detail and daintiness. Lastly, I've always been taken by the work of Erte, a Russian-born French fashion designer and artist in the 20th century.
Before she drew her latest series, Eva has had long gaps of time in which she hadn’t been able to create visual art. During this time while she was in school finding her voice in creating musical compositions, Eva had to put down my visual art for musical art. She is pleased to discover that her practice of telling musical stories has advanced her artistic eye, to understand the importance of composition and detail in creating visual stories.
It is still amazing to her how she was able to pick up an artwork after almost a year and be able to create more complex drawings than before. It is fascinating that her visual and musical expressions are developing simultaneously, and are sharing something in the process. One day Eva feels like a composer, and another day she feels like an artist. She can only say "I love to create and make things that come out of my own mind. My eyes and ears still continue to develop".
"Cats in the Tub", pen, ink