Tiffany Bozic's solo show Sense of Wonder is in its final week at San Francisco's FFDG. Before this wonderful show comes to a close, we wanted to ask Bozic about her methodology, lifestyle, influences and generally what makes her tick.
I decided to make these small paintings for two main reasons. The first reason was to explore things I've always wanted to try but never quite fit into the larger paintings. The second reason was to just sit down and make a painting every 2-3 days of whatever I was interested in at the time. It felt very fun and liberating.
I don't really know where the ideas come from. I've always had an immense appetite for exploring and discovering new things to paint. I really try to go back to being a kid with no inhibitions, to be self unaware and happily captivated by whatever I'm doodling.
When I was younger I spent a lot of time alone outdoors constantly turning stones to discover something cool to draw. Later I would bring that critter back to my studio and make a drawing of it. I suppose I am still doing that. I'm still that little kid at the kitchen table with a pad of paper letting the pencil carry me away into another world.
I've always wanted to be able to complain about the deer eating every plant I put in the ground, and now I can finally do that!
We moved into a cottage under the redwood trees at the foot of Mt. Tamalpais. From outside our door there are 5 miles of open space until it drops into the ocean. I feel like I am already becoming part of the land and I enjoy all the diverse organisms living around my house. I notice the grand change of seasons and the tiny changes that silently move along like the banana slugs that I pick up and move off the trail when I go for hikes. For the first time in my life I feel humbled and grateful to have finally found my home.
I am completely fascinated by my one and a half year old daughter. She has fully entered a stage in her development where she is like a wild raccoon loose in the house. She reminds me every day that we are all just animals. Every day a new sound or word unfurls from her tongue with wild abandonment. I could never have imagined how interesting & fun being a mother can be. All the things you've learned to take for granted you see new again through the eyes of your child.
I grew up looking up to artists like Henri Rousseau, Audubon, and Ernst Haeckel. I also avidly watched Bob Ross and David Attenborough on TV. Now when I'm looking for inspiration I prefer to put on my coat and shoes and go for a walk in the woods.
My creative process or my technical process?
I guess I'll give you both. After doing this for a little while I have accumulated hundreds of files of folders that I catalog into theme's like 'adorable nudibranch eggs', 'moss & lichen', 'stick bugs' etc. Most of these images I either took myself either on my travels, the Academy of Science or found them in books or online. Then I look back through these images often to keep them fresh and circulating in my mind. Then the technical process begins.
For the larger paintings I often build a set or a floral arrangement and play around in Photoshop for a little bit. Then I start out by making a drawing on the bleached panel of wood. I usually start off painting the foreground in thin watered down layers of acrylic paint. If I have to create a dark background then I have to cover the foreground with heavy-duty frisket and carefully cut out the shape with an X-acto blade, then paint the background with large brushes. Finally I come in with the tiny brushes and fix up all the things that my eye's get hung up on like Velcro, followed by the highlights.
I just sent out a painting to be presented by the Joshua Liner Gallery at the Miami Basil art fair. I am hoping to take a small break before starting my next body of work for Joshua Liner in NYC in fall 2014. I will post details on my website when we lock down a date.
I have also recently started a Tumblr blog on my website where I am trying to post something everyday. Follow me and let me know if there is anything you want to see! Thank you very much John for continuing to support my work after all these years. And thank you to everyone who took the time to read this!
To view the complete show, go to: FFDG.NET
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