2020 > Evelyn Shuler

2020
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2020

The essential question that I created for my projects this year was: how do I explore humor through art? I often enjoy making others giggle and I always try to make everyone happy. Similar to my personality, I also wanted my art to make others feel good, whether it makes them smile or laugh. Happiness and laughter should be unconditional to everyone. My inspiration for my art this year was my inflatable best friend, my queen, Petunia, the flamingo. This is Petunia 2.0, because my brother originally popped Petunia 1.0, but she has been the batman to my robin since freshman year. For example, in my first project, I used color pencils to replicate a collage I made of Petunia under my colorful Party Rocker Plus speaker lights. It is a very colorful setting that incorporates two ideas that make me smile. I am hoping the viewer finds it is comical, because it is an inflatable flamingo in a colorful disco scene. The rest of my projects, either colored pencil or acrylic on canvas, all display Petunia in strange and different scenes to make the audience giggle or smile. I wasn’t directly influenced by specific artists, but I admired the bright colors and playfulness in Jeff Koons and Alex Da Corte’s artwork. Collaging is a technique that is important to my work, because it isn’t a normal thing to see an inflatable flamingo with a zookeeper hat on while four of my friends locked up in animal cages at the zoo, therefore, I created a collage of this setting and then drew from that resource. It is important to make something your own and collaging was the technique I used. Overall, I used ideas and things that make me happy to bring comedy and laughter into others.