Artist name: Travis Lawrence
Featured Work 1: Secret Master (19″ x 6″ relief print, water color and tea, edition of 28)
Print maker Travis Lawrence honors and preserves archetypal symbols while re-imagining them within unique, esoteric mythologies. The viewer is transported into striking, balanced and textured scenes imbued with beautiful muted hues and the quiet tension of a paused allegory.
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5 Questions for the Artist:
1. What is art to you?
Art is a way of life. It is practice that is equally important to the artist as ritual is to a spiritual individual. It is the act of creating ideas and causing change for those who experience it. It is magic. It is something that invokes and evokes equally if done right. Sadly, the way the word is used in contemporary times is mostly just a silly indefinable label capitalized by institutions and salesmen.
2. What did you make in the past, and why?
I was always a doodler. The act of drawing was my gateway into the art world. Photography was a big interest as well, but my true love was always the power of linework. I got into printmaking because it took that line to a new level. I got into woodcuts while I was in art school after seeing some Pat Seals cuts hanging on a wall at a DIY print show in Chicago. I realized I could do all the carving alone in my home then go into the studio to print after all the young hipster art students went home for the night.
3. What are you making now, and why?
The work I do now is still relief printmaking. Visually, I am influenced by the classic alchemical manuscripts and medieval illuminations. Each print is individually hand-painted so even though they are editions, they are still unique. I got into Jungian psychology and mythology in my early 20’s, so the use of metaphor and spiritual archetypes are consistent tools in my work. Much of my work does reference reoccurring symbols found in various religious and spiritual practices, but much of the unspoken narrative is a personal self-created myth.
4. What are your hopes for the future?
We definitely have entered into a new realm of technological dependence. As a visual artist, your work is being seen by more people at a faster rate yet our attention spans and appreciation has diminished due to social media and constant stimulation. I do have hope for this newer generation born into this era and may be able to better utilize these tools besides feeding off of Facebook drama.
5. What else would you like to say?
Support artists. Support your friends who are artists. Read books. Take time out of your day to just sit quietly and think. Appreciate more. Thank you.
Artist Supplied Background:
Influenced by Jungian psychology and mythology, Travis Lawrence uses the art of printmaking to create illustrious allegorical relief prints. Reinterpreting medieval alchemy illustrations and illuminations, each symbolic print appears to be an excerpt of narration filled with mystery and metaphor. Though the actual story may never be revealed, the individual pieces invoke emblems of contemplation.
Travis currently resides in Saint Louis Missouri, where he works under the moniker of Infinity Prints.
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