Meet Factory Mark Gallery’s Next Artist: Shailinn Messer
We are thrilled to introduce one of Factory Mark Gallery’s newest featured artists, Shailinn Messer. Shailinn is a figurative artist who is showcasing her drawings and paintings as part of our Beyond Body exhibit. Here are five things to know about her:
- Art from the start
For as long as she can remember, Shailinn has been practicing art. One of her first memories is of her mother teaching her how to draw when she was just a little girl. Though she always had a knack for art, her peers pressured her to pursue a different path. Shailinn decided to study psychology, but felt it wasn’t fulfilling enough. This void eventually led her back to her true passion: art.
- The evolution of her style
In the beginning of her career, Shailinn was focused mostly on portrait work that was inspired by her studies in anatomy and interest in figure. While she understood the importance of this type of work, many of the portraits and figures she created through drawing were basic, and she felt it restricted her ability to fully express what she wanted to portray. Shailinn wanted to create more extreme, blown-up proportions, and found that photography was a tool to help her create distortion through a lens.
- She is inspired by photography
Though she claims she barely knows her way around a camera, Shailinn finds most of her inspiration from analogue photography. In addition, some of the feelings she communicates through her works are nostalgia and perseverance, which are inspired by her time at thrift stores and antique shops.
- She keeps her materials simple
In almost all her work, Shailinn uses black and white to contrast the extreme nature of her pieces. The use of monochromatic colors allows her to portray a light, positive energy while using a nostalgic tone. Her favorite mediums to work with are dry mediums, like graphite and charcoal. She believes the simplicity of the materials allows her to create and express herself in ways she finds most interesting.
- Artists who influence her
Two canonical artists that inspire Shailinn’s work are Rene Magritte and Gustav Klimt. Klimt’s ability to convey emotion through figure and Magritte’s profound tongue in cheek art works have influenced her throughout her career. Johan Barrios and Ashley Oubre, both contemporary artists, have also inspired Shailinn’s figurative art pieces and the mediums she uses.
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