‘Ouroboros’ by TrashKitty
Medium: Soft pastel and coloured pencil on paper
Dimensions: 14″ x 11″
Year of Creation: 2022
About the Artwork:
“OUROBOROS was inspired by my nostalgia for the county fair. Carnivals in all their iterations carry deep and complex meaning that changes with the perspective of every individual attending them. To me they felt like surreal, ephemeral cities that popped up in the verdant fields across from my school overnight, as if by magic. But there was always something unsettling about them. The fair came once a year to bring joy to chronically bored rural children. The fair wreaked havoc on the surrounding pasture. A cloud of spun sugar is exactly as fleeting as the goldfish on racks, destined for a slow, suffocating death in a gallon bowl before the end of the week. Indulgence and consumption (but only for the moment). I’ve chosen to represent the carnival with its most iconic symbol: a cone of pink, fluffy cotton candy. She’s grooming herself quite happily, oblivious (or indifferent) to the damage she’ll cause. The taste is simply too sweet to abstain.” – 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!