'Treats' Acrylic on wood assemblage ©robinrkent

Monday, October 15, 2012

Marisol and I

Many moons ago I tagged along with a friend in the art world, and was able to show photos of my sculpture assemblage to a Gallery Director in New York City.
His comment was my work reminded him of Marisol.
Marisol Escobar's work
Marisol? I wasn't familiar with that artist. He suggested I look her up and when I did, I saw what he meant.
She immediately became my talisman. Having the same 'medium' and similar humor delights me. Since then, I've felt a connectedness to her, but at the same time, a need to declare I hadn't known her work beforehand. I had bushwacked my own way to this similar path, bumping along as I go.
Her world is multinational; multicontinental; multifamous.
Mine is small town.
But it did feel like a smaller world after finding her.

See her work by googling: Images for marisol escobar


Cynthia Myers said...

yes, I see the similarity but I think your work has more of a Folk Art feel to it. Maybe it's because your subjects are more of country folk rather than city? I've read somewhere that there's no original ideas anymore, that it's all been done. While I don't especially agree with that, I understand the thought. The other day as I was Googling, I stumbled across an illustration of a cat that looked like one of mine. But it was created before my painting. Hmmm. but then again there is bound to be a doodle of a cat that looks like another! anyway. I adore your work and use of color.
xoxo - Cindi

Robin Kent said...

It's funny how themes can go in waves: artists doing similar work (either style or subject) while being totally unaware of the others.

Sand said...

I have seen Marisol work in NYC. There is a vague association to your work but there is a distinct difference. Your work does not have such a hard edge to it.

Anonymous said...

I heard a couple of guys talking about this in the New York subway so I looked it up online and found your page. Thanks. I thought I was right and you confirmed my thoughts. Thanks for the work you've put into this. I'd love to save this and share with my friends.

Robin Kent said...

Sand, in those days I used little paint, and when I did it was in the same range as the wood. Someone suggested I try adding more color and I haven't looked back since!

Anon, hard to believe guys discussing - what? - Marisol? Doubt if I was the subject, but flattery will get you everywhere!