ARTIST * ABIGAIL VETTESE * UNITED STATES
Abigail Vettese is aCalifornia based artist, though her roots run deep in Pennsylvania where she was born and raised. While she has an extensive background in performing, she is also a forward-thinking visual artist. She seeks inspiration from forms in nature, ancient architecture, and the unknown. Abigail’s black and white hand drawn pieces focus heavily on linework, sacred geometry, and intricate, stippledpatterns. She seeks to highlight the mystery and connection between science and the divine through her work.
“These shapes and patterns appear to me as a superconscious language, reminding me of our connectedness and unity to the divine. Drawing serves as my reminder to remain patient and mindful; each piece consists of thousands of dots and fine lines, each placed with intention and gratitude.I strive to be the thread which entwines expression and spirit to science and creation.”
What is your inspirational source?
I am deeply inspired by recurring intricacies which present themselves time and time again in the natural world. Sacred geometry and divine patterns can be found in just about anything, from our own DNA to ancient architecture, to a seemingly simple pinecone. I view these patterns as a superconscious language; an unspoken understanding inherent to all life. Additionally, Iam fascinated by the unknown, particularly death and the divine.
What are the most meaningful topics you try to represent in your work?
The aim of my work is to highlight the parallels between structure and chaos. While much of my work is rather precise and intricate, it is often times spontaneously created in a “flow” state of mind. My work is less about specific topics and more about asking questions. I am ruminating throughout my creative process, returning to my curiosity about life and questioning my fascination with death, the unknown, and the divine.
What are your main materials to create ?
My drawings are typically done on bristol paper or wood, using Micron pens and Copicmultiliners. Additionally, I use a compass to be certain my work is precise, as it is all drawn by hand.
Why did you choose this technique to create your work?
My work is black and white, comprised of thousands of dots and fine lines which make up detailed patterns and complex shapes. I create in this way because these small details are a language and a lesson in patience. I love seeing works in color, but for me, the textures and patterns accessible through black ink really resonate and challenge me to see the world through a different lens. Stippling is mindfulness, it is intentional, and it is therapeutic. Simply enough, my technique feels authentic to who I am.
Tell us about your creative process to capture.
My creative process is all about following my intuitive guide. Somedays ideas find their way to me, I sit with them, and do my best to make them tangible. When I am feeling uninspired, I ask my partner, who is a wonderful poet, to provide me with a word or phrase that can evoke some kind of emotional response and in turn, I channel that into my artwork. I typically start each piece as a sort of grid, measuring out all kinds of symmetrical lines and shapes, and then after the framework has been crafted, I fill in the blanks. It’s sort of a funny process, really. I slowly add pen, then thedotwork begins. More lines, more shading, and so on until I feel satisfied with the piece. A big part of my process is music. I can’t create without plugging into a powerful album.
What aspects do you consider to be critical for the success of a painting or Drawing?
In order for a piece to be successful, I think it is imperative to create from a place of authenticity. If an artist creates solely for their audience, it sort of defeats the whole purpose of expression. On one hand it is important to communicate your message in a manner that can be interpreted by your viewers, but it is also critical that one maintains their own voice throughout their body of work. Expression is truly genuine and potent when it comes from a place of honesty and openness.