Allison Ries is a silhouette artist. As with all artists and art forms, there are countless variations on the theme. Derived from her artist’s statement, Allison’s motivation is through the process of connecting with her audience through her unique form of art expression. Her reward is when patrons truly appreciate and enjoy her silhouettes and other creations.
“A silhouette is the image of a person, animal, object or scene represented as a solid shape of a single colour, usually black, its edges matching the outline of the subject. The interior of a silhouette is featureless, and the whole is typically presented on a light background, usually white, or none at all. The silhouette differs from an outline which depicts the edge of an object in a linear form, while a silhouette appears as a solid shape.”
Unless an artist offers an answer, I don’t ask them how they do it. The reason for that is because I believe that there are proprietary aspects to creating art, and while artists may share techniques and methods, their unique approach is proprietary.
Allison describes her work as “nontraditional-surface painting that involves experimenting with painting directly on ‘canvas’ such as glass, wood, and other found materials. Projects are sometimes a fusion of painting on multiple sides of one surface, drawing, and silhouettes.”
What I search for from artists are the things that matter to them deep into their souls. That too may be personal, but interpretation is a part of art and artist discovery.
“We must be careful to keep our dreams in balance with our fast-paced way of life that can quickly become all consuming. I began to let a busy life consume the creative one I so loved and my work went to the wayside as a result. So many of us take time for granted until it is no longer a luxury we may be able to waste away.”
Yes, time is one thing out of which we will certainly run.
Having life threatening and sense threatening experiences can shock one’s perspective. Allison had a near-blindness experience having been diagnosed with pseudotumor cerebri, a condition where pressure builds in the brain and stresses the ability to see that may result in blindness.
A silhouette is the essence of images against a contrasting background. The contrast may vary in intensity ranging from black or white against one another, or against a range of possible colors.
“There is nothing more heart breaking to someone in love with the arts and in love with practicing the arts than slowly watching your vision disappear. After a two year-long journey, brain surgery, relentless medications, and countless spinal taps … I am forever grateful for this blessing that has granted me the opportunity to “see” again; Granted me the opportunity to learn a new kind of strength; Granted me the opportunity to find bravery in the tiniest of moments during a day; Granted me the opportunity of slowing down time to reassess and appreciate; Granted me the opportunity to find beauty through the most painful of times and a will to continue to express it.”
Here is a link to an interview with the artist (NBC4 Interview): http://www.nbcwashington.com/video/#!/news/health/Relief-for-
Allison Ries will be exhibiting in the “Panoplia” exhibit.
Epicure Café and The Bunnyman Bridge Collective Present New Collection of Bleeding Edge Contemporary Local Art
11104 Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22030
June 14 - August 2
Saturday, June 14, 7 p.m. – midnight