‘Decora’ by TrashKitty
Medium: Soft pastel and coloured pencil on paper
Dimensions: 14″ x 11″
Year of Creation: 2022
About the Artwork:
“DECORA is a still life dedicated to my love for ornamentation. Ribbons, pearls, and prints are the most common elements to appear in my work, usually as an accent or an afterthought, but here they are the star of the show. I’m obsessed with the inherent femininity of decoration, of oneself, or of one’s environment. Beauty for beauty’s sake is so universally human. The simple act of ornamentation can transform objects as temporary as a slice of cake, as commercial and mass produced as a coke bottle, into something completely new and unique. Here I’ve chosen to give the decor a life of its own, to give it the chance to appreciate itself for the beauty and value it can add to the world. It’s as much as any one of us could hope for.” – TrashKitty
About the Artist:
My name is Courtney, I’m a mixed media artist based in beautiful & sticky southwest VA. I work with soft pastels and colored pencils to paint all sorts of subject matter in a soft, dreamy style I like to call “Faux Vintage”: The smooth gradients, muted pastels, and diorama-esque settings of rococo painting mixed with the vibrant expressions and exaggerated proportions of contemporary animation styles, topped with a little bit of surrealism for flavor. I’m very interested in evoking that extra poignant sort of nostalgia one feels for places and things they’ve never actually experienced, and these elements from both the distant and not-so-distant past come together to create a new kind of “golden days” that never actually existed. I want to chase that unnamable emotion on the edge of sleep, the ache for a world half-remembered, bottle it, and make it real! And more importantly I want to put blush on cats. Portraits, florals, animals, and still lifes with a feminine baroque twist are my bread and butter. If you like rococo rose prints and powder pink I’m your woman!