CONGRATULATIONS NOVEMBER 2019 GRANT RECIPIENT, MIRVIA SOL ECKERT!
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Congratulations to Mirvia Sol Eckert on a successful grant application!
The following are excerpts of Eckert's application:
If I had to choose the fundamental concept that unifies all of my work, I think it would simply be celebrating beauty. In all of my work, I want the viewer to acknowledge and appreciate the beauty in my subjects. There is beauty in small moments of observation, in embracing our different cultural backgrounds, in the close up details of nature, and even in moments of emotional turmoil and sorrow. Though it isn’t always easy, I choose, in my daily life, to focus on what is beautiful, and I hope that by sharing this perspective through my paintings, others may be inspired to do the same.
Many aspects of my life find their way into my paintings: my Puerto Rican heritage, spirituality, love of family and friends, and fascination with nature. These ideas can manifest themselves in bright, vibrantly colored compositions, or in dramatic grayscale pieces. But they are all connected by a visual style with roots in my earlier career as a graphic designer.
I use crisp lines and clearly defined shapes of color to depict forms that are mostly expressionistic. However, in some of my pieces I enjoy illustrating subjects in a more impressionistic style while bringing out qualities of the image that are more subjective or symbolic. For instance, I have works that show dramatic portraits of a person’s face wherein the whimsical swirls and flowing waves of their hair are prominently featured.
Acrylic paint is my preferred medium and I use recycled canvases when available. I make time to brush up on skills that help me continue to progress in my art journey, such as taking tutorials on anatomy. I'm very passionate about art and I mentor and support artists when I can as well as donating my art to different fundraisers and causes that I believe in.
I will be using [this grant award] to scan my art at Heartland Printworks, Indianapolis. It's essential to have scans when submitting to exhibitions.