Girl brush confession | hear the gentle whisper of body and nature, the negative fable of illustrator Luisa Rivera

'Harmony', gouache on paper.

All Images Courtesy of Luisa Rivera.

Before human beings have the ability to interpret meaning, the perception of beauty is mostly the silent experience of occupying the senses when viewing paintings; often, when they are not paying attention, they fall into the creative world of the painter and wrap and possess the obsessive viewers. In the abstraction, or the specific visual conflict, extract a gentle, encroaching on the pure land in the viewer's heart - this is undoubtedly the realm of the artist's fascination.

Illustrator born in Chile Luisa RiveraSince childhood, he has been inspired by nature, and later turned it into an inspiration for his creation, showing his passion and magic in his works. Talking about the enlightenment of the brush, Luisa reviewed the experience of painting as a child. "I think there are about three key moments that shaped my love for brush creation. The most important thing is that in the summer of 1999, I touched watercolor for the first time. - A gift from the mother. I clearly remember that day, because Little John Kennedy (the son of former US President John Gandydi) passed away that day, TV news is talking about it. Perhaps for this reason, my first It’s the Atlantic Ocean under the watercolour, the place where the crash happened."

'White Fields', watercolor on paper.

'White Fields', watercolor on paper.

The power of images transcends language, which is very primitive and intuitive. Therefore, the illustrator is like entering a window that is completely different from reality, and it opens to everyone.

The first watercolor was carried out in such a dramatic way, opening Luisa's strokes with this medium in the future; it depicts nature and its bred life and women, interweaving the two into a beautiful and beautiful narrative. "I am always attracted to the human body, especially women, but it is more like a natural development, not a "decision". I am not sure of the reasons, but I think it is probably related to my own experience as a woman. "

'Harmony', gouache on paper.
Cover illustration for the 22nd issue of La Peste magazine (Mexico).
Cover illustration for the 22nd issue of La Peste magazine (Mexico).
'Half-rescue'. Watercolor and gouache on paper.
'Nourish Blindly'. Painting created for the show Stockholm Syndrome at Whittier Gallery, 2013.

My favorite artist, Kiki Smith, once said: "I don't be conscious of the body as the theme, but because it is the form we share as a human being, and it is also the existence of a real experience for everyone." Being close, familiar, and related to existence and creation, for me, the body is like a field in everyday contact.

In Luisa's pen, colorful flowers and plants are indispensable elements. In the workSlender blue lizard climbs calmlyIn the woman's arm; or, a split body is run through the water, symbolizing that it accepts the natural washing. she waswillThe relatives’ observations and talks between women are turned into gentle fish and flowers, and occasionally translated into a snake wrapped around the body. It’s not only the desire to touch nature, but also a feminine A unique negative allegory.

'The Bonsai Keeper'. The Bonsai Keeper (2016). Watercolor, gouache and pencil on paper.
'Koonex and The Birds'.
'Cortex'.
'There Will Come Soft Rains'.
'Swooned'.
'There Will Come Soft Rains'.
'The Bonsai Keeper'. The Bonsai Keeper (2016). Watercolor, gouache and pencil on paper.
'Koonex and The Birds'.
'Cortex'.
'Swooned'.

I often visit grandmothers living in the southern Chilean countryside to make these natural world creatures come to life. "I am not sure how the scenery surrounded by nature affects my creation, but no doubt nature does affect my work. The understanding of nature and even the knowledge of ethnology plays a key role in my work," she recalls. In addition to Chile's rich natural appearance, "I have lived in Minneapolis for two years in the United States, where intense extreme weather and changes in nature - minus 20 degrees of winter and 100% of summer moisture - surround I am, and therefore my work continues to connect with the natural world."

'Nourish Blindly' & 'Half-rescue'.

'Human Island'.

'There Will Come Soft Rains'.
'There Will Come Soft Rains'.

Different locations shape Luisa's perspective on the world. "The first time I went to London, my color changed. For a while, the work is more monochromatic, gray and black and white. Then I look at the people here." The more you discover the diversity of the city."The richness of vitality in the low-light shades, more of a Luisa's mysterious magical power in nature, one of the most intimate confession.

'The Bond' & 'Human Island'.
'Human Island'.
'The Bond'. Painting created for Midnight exhibition at Light Grey Art Lab, 2016.
'Human Island'.

Now living in London, Luisa also works with a number of publications and brands, such as Air Canada, The New York Times,LUSH Wait a minute; when it comes to the most impressive project, it is an illustration for Marguez and the Chilean writer María Luisa Bombal.

An illustration drawn by Maguis's "One Hundred Years of Solitude".

For those who have died, the process is like they have lived in their own stories, and it is very moving to me. Especially these two literary works are my favorite, and I feel very lucky.

Now living in London, Luisa also works with a number of publications and brands, such as Air Canada, The New York Times, LUSH, etc.; the most impressive project among them is the Maguis and Chilean writer María. Luisa Bombal draws an illustration. "Drawing for these lost writers, the process is like they have lived in their own stories again. It is very moving to me. Especially these two literary works are my favorite, I also think I am very lucky."

Illustrations for One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez.
Illustrations for One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez.

From the time of writing a collaborative project to the publication of the magazine, Luisa carefully recorded the creative process on her personal website, allowing people to further understand her "brain loop" to complete a fascinating work. The dedication of the business model also reduces the towering barriers between the viewers and the artists, making art creation an unparalleled and friendly schedule.

'Sight & Sound'.

For me, "beauty" has nothing to do with beauty. Beauty is to feel its own existence, and the things that create and touch you—whether it is beautiful or unpleasant, and not a complete understanding and discussion of the word “beauty”. Perhaps, in my cognition, this understanding of "beauty" may not be called "beauty" but a kind of "chemical effect"?

'Sight & Sound'.

For me, "beauty" has nothing to do with beauty. Beauty is to feel its own existence, and the things that create and touch you—whether it is beautiful or unpleasant, and not a complete understanding and discussion of the word “beauty”. Perhaps, in my cognition, this understanding of "beauty" may not be called "beauty" but a kind of "chemical effect"?

Luisa transforms the world's flowers, plants and water into a negative language that flows through his body; the symbols that run through the flesh and blood are finally intertwined into a dance-like gentle declaration that rotates lightly in the body. With his own world view, he picks up little magic on the drawing paper, let the girl and the life of all things lightly and germination; the mysterious breath flows, like a soft chisel, hears the gentle whispers of the body and nature, condenses the static time and space. It is elegant poetry.

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