Before I start I want to say that my first run at a critique (David Flood), yielded some wonderful email back and forth. It was a clear indication that these critiques are interesting in and of themselves. They are of course only one mans opinion, but I think stirring anonymous and unbiased conversation is something that most artists do not get the chance to generally partake in.
Continuing with the critiques, I wanted to touch on an artist whom I discovered through Artspace New Haven, Rashmi Talpade. Now Robert Rauschenberg was never really my cup of tea. His collage work was something that I do not necessarily prefer to that of the paintings of say Poons or Motherwell. Collage work has never really touched any artistic nerves of mine. That is of course until one day I stumbled upon the following ink drawing:
My affinity for ink drawings has always been high, ever since my first years of college. This particular work has the chaos and complexity that I look for in ink work. Truth be told, it takes a great deal of talent and insight to produce something of significance in one tone, which is why ink is no where near the same level on the totem pole as painting. However, this work is one of the exceptions. Now of course after seeing this work and its three-dimensional complexities, I tackled the artists webpage. My hope was that I would see more of the same, considering there are several other ink drawings on her ArtSpace page. Instead I was directed to the large majority of this artists work: collages.
Unfortunately for my insatiable desires, ink drawings are not really what this artist is about. It is clear from these works that the ink drawings are merely a formality to the rather impressive nature of the collages. As impressed as I am, I of course have my reserves… much like any critic. The are extremely busy. They tell often a singular story without holding to the true nature of a collage. They are also interactive, where each cutout is meant to work with another in order to tell an overall story.
Regardless of these seemingly negative aspects, it is my opinion that these negative aspects are what make the work so special. She obviously has enormous talent at deciphering space. Something that many artists lack. This artist has paved the road of collage for me. The chaotic beauty is a reflection of urbanism and perhaps her past or surrounding environment. It is with this understanding of her surrounding environment by which she really thrives.
Most of all, I admire her clear disdain for focusing on one aspect of art. Both her ink drawings and collage works are mastered and I do believe I will be updating and checking in on all her future work.