About
ARTIST STATEMENT

As long as I can remember I have enjoyed a love of sewing, painting and making and the combination of all of these creative expressions has resulted in one of a kind clutch purses, statement piece home-wares, fabrics and paintings.  My painting  process is essentially the same for each application

 

A kaleidoscope of rich and luscious color is the driving force behind my artwork ... My paintings are an abstract representation of both the urban street landscape and the  beauty of the natural world. Long walks deep into the forest of the Dandenong ranges in Melbourne's outer east, offers me  daily inspiration. Glorious views of tall dark trees against a backdrop of an ever changing sky of vibrant colour is breathtaking. The colors of a winter sunset often show up in my paintings. I try to capture the abstract essense of nature, which represents a world of chaos and order all at the same time. Similarly, I find an endless fascination with  a somewhat controlled, inner city,  concrete, environment (concrete garden) offset by the freedom and perhaps rebellious expression of graffiti and street art. That sometimes, 'difficult to resist', temptation to scribble over everything also shows up in my work. Perfect Chaos is the name I gave to my business and perhaps best describes my view of the world and my work, and is both a direct reflection of my surroundings and an imaginary world of color, movement and texture. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I work spontaneously and rarely begin with a plan in mind. I let each painting evolve intuitively as I build each layer and I often experiment with unusual colour combinations. I mostly use acrylics and apply the paint in various ways.. I love to drip it, throw it, scrape it and scribble with it.. I  love to use spray paint, oil pastels, paint pens and sometimes graphite pencils. I usually know when a piece is complete but sometimes I will let it 'sit' and 'be' for a while, to be sure. When I am satisfied,  each piece is finished with a satin varnish to  enhance the colours and depth of the painting, which  also protects its surface.

 

My paintings are often large in size and because of the, sometimes  'busy' nature of the work, in my opinion, they are best viewed and appreciated in an uncluttered, minimalist environment. Similarly, my fabrics, when used in upholstery and statement piece home-wares, also look their best when placed in a simple and clean space. 

Each clutch purse is intended to be a one of a kind, art piece accessory, that can bring a strong and unique individuality to those who DARE TO  WEAR!!!

 

Please enjoy a short video below, that demonstrates a little of my painting process.

Cathy Sofarnos

 
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Melbourne, Australia
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