Aerica Raven is a multidisciplinary artist from the Midwest. In her personal work, vibrant colors and surrealism mark her exploration into the relentless struggles of intercommunication, mental health, and stability in our today's tumultuous world. Her theatrical background as a scene painter has led her to create large, dramatic murals and immersive installations. In 2019, she began making paintings described as "light dynamic"--using the physics of light and color, she examines the transience of inner peace and outer chaos.
As a multidisciplinary creator, my artistic practice is constantly evolving. I hold allegiance to no model or medium, so much so that the bulk of my work is a collection of studies, experiments, and non sequiturs. If anything, I am devoted to the viewer's experience. Obsession with the viewer's narrative has driven me into mediums such as illustration, theatre, installation art, and mural painting. Now my work pulls from all these disciplines. I utilize meticulous line work, vibrant colors, and immersive environments in a quest to pull the audience into the artwork.
Illustration is the backbone of my practice. Growing up in a small town in rural Kansas, I would take my drawing lessons from book illustrations, comics, and paused VHS tapes. The drama of those hard outlines and bright colors became a part of me, and the stories that led those lines became my essence. I now use protagonists in much of my work to act as vessels for my own stories. I build them up with lines and color, then fill them with expression. Through these champions, I can relate to the viewer without extensive explanation.
When pen on paper is not enough, I scale up. In all my installations, I seek to bring wonder. I create environments to envelop the viewer. To become fully immersed in a space fills my being with the same bright curiosity of a child, and I am compelled to share it.
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