31 Dec 2020

Painting intuitively with Odessa Mahony-de Vries

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My artistic practice is primarily abstract, I utilise a range of mixed media on canvas, paper and wood. My painting process is often quick, sporadic and intuitive, based on many years of playful experimentation.

I enjoy using tools and processes to create layers, textures and unique marks. My current 2020 collection of artworks are heavily influenced by my recent travels in India and Nepal, where I saw an array of colourful fabrics as well as breathtaking temples and forts that starkly contrasted the devastating poverty and chaos.

Hi Odessa, welcome to the Woman Of Series! Can you tell us what it is you create?
I create abstract paintings that are influenced by my travels, emotions, experiences, observations and experimentations of paint as a physical and malleable medium.

Talk us through your creative process. How do you reach your signature style?

My creative process can often start with the construction of a frame and priming the surface. My painting process is a series of layers adding to the overall narrative between lines, colours, texture, transparencies and shapes.

What is your big hope and dream for your work?
I am working towards exhibiting internationally and transitioning from emerging to established in my art practice.

We’re all about women inspiring women. Who inspires you?
Jessica Stockholder, Louise Weaver, Amy Sillman, Miranda Skoczek

What advice would you impart on the next generation of women?
Be assertive and hard working.

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