我畫畫 – Amy Estrada

You missed a loud little event last Friday. Or maybe you didn’t, but most likely you did if you run in my circle of friends. You see, Friday night there was a show that was entirely DIY, entirely warm and inviting, and entirely successful, as far as I can tell.

Having never even heard of Amy Estrada, I received a random friend request on facebook back in July. My facebook account is for personal purposes only, but for some reason I made an exception as a blogger friending an artist. I’ve been hearing about this even for a few months, and decided I should definitely see what Amy was all about.

555508_403752216347691_975955396_n First of all, I have to say that Amy is a gracious host, warm peronality, and articulate at explaining her art. That’s more than just congratulatory bullshit. She opened her home to others as a gallery space, complete with wine and hor deorvres. She was shaking hands with everyone who came in, making conversation with others, and keeping the music and festivities alive. A fantastic host if ever I’ve met one.

When we had a chance to speak, we discussed a bit of her process. Her ambitions of creating from a place of control were thwarted at every turn, until she gave in to the process, leaving her desire to draw for future projects.

Each of her drawings is named in Mandarin, so I asked her about it.

img_0426 “I’m learning Mandarin. I’m a total language nerd. I speak fluent Spanish, I’m learning Italian, and I’m learning Mandarin. I’m going to Taiwan for two months later this year for a total-immersion experience. So, my two loves in life are painting (or art), and language. That’s when I feel most alive.”

After asking her about what letting go looked like for her, she admitted that she listens to Chinese as she paints.

“It’s funny, it’s like if I put mandarin on, it’s like it gives my brain something to chew on, and it free’s me up to paint witout my brain getting involved. So my brain is happy chewing away at mandarin, and I am free to paint… It distracts my mind so I can be more present in the moment.”

What Amy has accomplished is a unique body of work that is suprisingly varied for its limitations. Each painting is an exploration of watercolor on canvas specially prepared for watercolors. Then each spatter and pool of watercolor paint is traced and contained in ink. Even the framing of each piece, also executed by Estrada, echos this creation of boundaries to hold the art within.

Perhaps most remarkable was the response of those who attending the show. One man was visibly moved by Estrada’s artist statement, while others found friends or strangers to converse with about art over some wine. Three or four even purchased a piece, which were realistically priced, if even a little undervalued.

I’m sure we will be hearing even more from Amy in the future, and that’s a good thing. In fact, she is throwing another of her open-house shows later this month for a photographer friend. Check the links below for details.

Amy Estrada Fine Arts:
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http://www.amyestradafineart.com/

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