Upon entering one of the gallery’s at our lovely school, a barrage of colors and angles attacked my eyes. A good attack, of course. Because what I saw was Introspection with paintings by both Maggie Freed and Yee Li. I loved noticing how you can tell there were two different artists. The ones on the left, which were painted by Maggie freed, who sadly I didn’t get the chance to talk to, and the ones of the right were by Yee Li. The paintings on the back wall were a collaboration between the two artists.
Right away, the paintings seem to have the same theme. Chaotic colors and shapes dance about each one. When I got to asking Yee Li how they made their paintings, she said that they used oil paints, which are very difficult to work with- especially when mixing colors and applying fresh coats. They used tape to get the sharp lines, because paint brushes weren’t perfect enough for the edges that they wanted to appear on the paintings. Yee’s paintings had more pronounced and hard colors in them. While Maggie’s seemed more blurred and had various triangle-like shapes in them. I enjoyed both walls equally and the back one even more. And it turned out, that back one was Yee’s favorite as well.
Yee explained to me that the gallery space was given to them on short notice and they only had around a month to pull this out! They worked around seven to eight hours a day everyday to get their works done. From what she was saying, it seemed like this was quite the undertaking, but hopefully after seeing everyone enjoy their works and getting them all out there- it was worth it! I’m sure it was.
Lastly, I asked Yee Li what feelings they were trying to invoke or represent with there pieces. She told me they were kind of going for expressing anxiety, but also other in-explainable feelings as well. She told me that some emotions- like anxiety- are hard to express in words and relate to other people and they wanted the people who saw their paintings to connect and relate to what they are trying to symbolize. Overall the gallery was beautiful and I’m glad I got to see it.
More of them here.