Andrea Marie Breiling creates art through the joining together of contrasting media and colors, thus creating the illusion of chaos. From far away, her pieces look like a confusing jumble of colors and shapes, but when one gets closer one can see various scars on the surface of the painting, which are the result of blades and combs being dragged over the surface, creating a jagged texture. Breiling attempted to use as many media, no matter how contrasting or different they may have been, to illustrate chaos on her canvas.
Andrea Marie Breiling’s painting entitled “Big” caught my attention because of its foreboding feeling. Breiling’s use of color on this particular piece gives the viewer a sense of anxiety.
The black, jagged frame of the picture makes the viewer feel boxed in, and the quick, contrasting strokes of spray paint and stamped paint give the overall work a sense of urgency. The size itself of the piece contributes to the feelings it generates; the floor-to-ceiling painting makes it hard for the viewer to miss it, or to pay attention to anything else except for it, much in the same way that anxiety makes it difficult to pay attention to anything else.
Overall, this piece is one of my favorites in the gallery, and I applaud Andrea Marie Breiling’s use of mixed media and canvas size to evoke the feelings that she did from me
her website is http://greaterlamfa.com/Glamfa2014/Breiling_2014.html, and on there you can see more of her incredible work.