WK6 – Artist Conversation – Alice Andreini

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The artist I wanted to learn more about was Alice Andreini. She is currently living in Long beach but is originally from Minnesota. Her artwork really caught my attention and I was intrigued by it. She is currently working on her MFA at CSULB. She is majoring in contemporary drawing and painting. She barely started painting about 5 years ago. Before that she worked as a theater designer for two years. Some artists that inspire her to continue painting are Henry Metis and Sesely Brown.

When I first glanced at her paintings I was wondering why the title was involving the army. As I kept looking and examining the painting I began to see all the soldiers that had been precisely placed throughout her painting. It’s like if at the beginning they were blending in the picture. Her paintings were very bright and vibrant which I liked. She uses the bright colors because they have synthetic contrast and it’s the synthetic nature of army figures. She drew flowers in her paintings because her mother’s garden inspired her also she thinks they are a powerful symbol, which I agree with. She used oil paints to complete her three paintings.

She chose to draw soldiers because they were protecting the beautiful garden. She mentioned that army men are a reminder of a need for protection. Her friends inspire her to keep painting and to get better and better every day. It took her anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to complete 1 painting. I could tell by talking to her that she really put a lot of thought into each painting so it can really mean something.

I thought it was very interesting to have the army men and flowers in the same painting. Flowers are seen as fragile and delicate but army men are seen as strong and fearless. She found a way to make it work that’s why I was so interested. I could relate to her because even though my friends don’t inspire me to become a better artist like hers, they inspire me to become and better person. I also think she paid homage to the US military that fight for our freedom. I really enjoyed seeing her show and getting to know her. You can find her on facebook as Alice Andreini.

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