"I am still trying to figure out how to pursue a career in where I can be creative, passionate and support myself. My work is a reflection of my physical, mental, and emotional self. It is often how I view myself, what I am insecure, and/or confident about. My focus on facial features and expressions helps me to communicate what I sometimes cannot find the words to. I love to have fun with my art and not take it too seriously. I want my viewer to smile and enjoy what they are looking at, even if it’s a little weird or different, but being weird or different is definitely more exciting. My pieces tend to be abstract because I love the wide range and freedom abstract art implies.
A few semesters ago, I created a series of massive, ridiculous, colorful cardboard masks with hyper-exaggerated geometric facial features. In addition I produced stop motion videos with them and this project evolved into a more complicated piece. The masks helped me create an extension of myself and explore new ways to engage with viewers. There is something more interesting about not knowing what is happening till it’s completed. That is exactly how I created my small watercolor abstract faces, (which were another extension of my large mask project) I plant myself in front of the TV, grab my notebook, watercolor palette and brushes. I choose a color, make random marks until I am satisfied with the shape. When dried I do the same process with a pen to create the dark, defining lines to make the abstract faces more complex and interesting to look at. It is fascinating to me to be able to create multiple artworks that derived from one another and compliment each other so well. I can’t wait to see what other types of art I create and how I develop as an artist. The kind of artist I want to be is one who brings, joy, smiles, and a sense of belonging with a little bit a humor to all who experience it."
— Cari Gaynes, mixed-media, multi-media artist, OSU student