‘Automaton’ by TrashKitty
Medium: Pastel on cradled wood panel
Dimensions: 16″ x 12″
Year of Creation: 2023
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!