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Emily Balivet fuses medieval and psychedelic in mythological goddess paintings

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Magic, powerful women, and mythological figures constitute the majority of Emily Balivet's subject matter. Her art offers a view of the feminine divine that blends the stylings of Art Noveau, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, and Psychedelic Art. Balivet's work manages to look fresh and modern while simultaneously giving the viewer the impression of an ornate medieval tapestry.

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The self-taught Vermont native often captures her subjects during times of transformation, frequently symbolized by the character(s) passing through arching gateways. “I like to say, 'Change your mind. That's what it's there for,'” said Balivet. However, it seems that Balivet had her mind set on creating art for a living.

“Like most artists,” she said, “I can't remember a time I didn't draw or paint. I was 16 or 17 when I decided to make a life of my art. I didn't know how at the time, but I figured it out...I began painting Greek mythological characters in high school and I've never grown tired of the subject.” Since her high school days, the 30-something has expanded into painting figures from a variety of other mythic backgrounds as well as medieval folklore. “Art sets me free,” said Balivet, “it's my bliss, and it's what comes natural to me talent-wise...What else is there to do?”

Balivet generally works with acrylic paint, applying it directly to the canvas without pencil work. “Most often when I begin a painting, I have a general sense of what I want to create,” she said. “Somewhere during the quiet hours of the process, I often find that something that feels like a force beyond me (I call it my muse) takes over and the painting then becomes whatever it will be. I live for that experience… outside of time, meditative, and otherwise totally transcendent. It doesn't always work that way but it's my preference!”

Her original paintings and unique prints can be purchased via her Etsy shop: Mythological Goddess Art, and a complete collection of her work may be viewed on her website. In the future, Balivet plans to offer a Tarot deck, which she is creating “slowly but surely.” Keep up with Balivet's latest works on her Facebook page.

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