Friday, April 3, 2015
Real Swell Stories – Neo-Surreal art by Lynn Graznak
“I make art from the collision of disparate, even opposing elements: knitting, weaving, stitchery, several felting techniques, printing original photos on silk, doll making, 3d collage, wood and metal construction– all in combination with original poetry and micro-fiction. I use quite a lot of “re-purposed” material, which sounds nicer than “trash.”
For more than 30 years I was primarily a mother and homemaker and I loved that life. After my youngest child went to college, I began to experiment with using my accumulated craft skills to speak in my own art-voice. Although I was raised in the Midwest and taught to be polite, I soon discovered that dark, angry and sad voices are ok to use– even for women– even for OLD women.
My recent work reflects both the wonder and the terror of leaving my former life and moving to rural New Hampshire in 2013. I am working on many new storytelling projects that will express the beauty and joy I have found here: 3 dimensional fairytales, my own or variations of the classics. I do not, however, intend to abandon dark reality for banal prettiness.
Although largely self-taught, I have a few semesters of college-level training in fine art (Stephens College and the University of Missouri). I have also learned from some wonderful crafters. I work in an intuitive manner, unwilling to give up either the narrative or sculptural elements of my work. I put a great deal of time into each piece, striving for a multileveled dialogue between the surreal and the mundane.
Roger Cardinal describes outsider artists as having “profound strangeness and integrity”– that’s my aspiration. I will keep smashing the rocks of many art and craft forms together, hoping to strike sparks.