SpaniSh painter Eva armisen likes to describe her works as accounts of her understand- ing about love, dreams and relationships.
“i’m more like an artist to enjoy than one to torture,” she told Shanghai Daily. “i want to bring people love and positive energy, because everyone wants to be loved.”
The 46-year-old Barcelona na- tive was in town on Sunday for the opening of her first solo ex- hibition in China. Titled “armor,” the show dis- plays both prints and original paintings.
Wearing a black one-piece, matching lace headgear and can- dy-colored accessories, armisen looks as if she has walked out of one of her paintings, which often feature a cheerful girl. her sister Cristina, her hus- band and her children have all been featured in armisen’s art.
“My inspiration comes from little things in daily life,” she said. She starts with jotting down ideas and feelings. Later she gets out her brushes and palette to work out a painting based on what she wrote, she added. The collection of prints include serigraphs and etchings. it was the first time armisen tried turning her works into etchings, which took about five months.
She said she “fell in love with the technique and its textures,” adding that sometimes it takes eight or nine copper plates to re- store the original colors. “it’s a process that involves continuous failures, a process to fight through because you can’t control the results,” she said. “When finished, it is no longer the same work.” “armor” runs until november 6 at artn Space, a Korean gallery at no. 87 Moganshan road.