Calista Graaff

ArtbyCalista.com

I have had my hands in almost all creative mediums and I use that experience in what I create. That keeps things interesting for both me and the viewer. So many people settle for mass produced images to hang on their walls that don’t stir any emotions. I think art should make you feel something or at least help you recall a memory or place that means something to you. I like to change my use of materials to make something unique based on a theme or a color palette. A lot of my art reflects what I’m feeling at the moment so you will see periods of darkness then transitioning to brighter colors or bolder themes. I’ve learned that if I try to make something that I think others want rather than what I’m interested in, the finished product never seems right or maybe falls flat. Therefore I “go with the flow” and see what happens. My art appeals to those who like the unconventional, the unexpected, the deeper meaning. I work in my small studio on the family farm making industrial modern furnishings using reclaimed materials for my other business CrossbarG.com as well as my artwork found at artbycalista.com. This gives me a chance to switch gears frequently to keep my creative juices flowing when I run into a mental block on what to create next.

Resistance is Futile

paper collage and acrylic,  30 x 16 inches

Memory Forest

paper collage and acrylic, 24 x 30 inches

Human Robots

paper collage and acrylic, 30 x 24