Tina Frugoli 



Artist Statement

I make brightly colored flat paintings in which the viewer's focus may flow in and out of abstraction. In one moment a landscape might be seen and objects recognized, while in the next we might notice shapes and areas of color.

I am curious about what we see, and how our minds create order. I believe that what we value determines what we see; so we have our own hierarchy of imagery that guides our perception. I feel like there is just one big landscape. In my paintings people are part of that landscape. All shapes and shadows are connected influential elements of one environment.

The paintings are snapshots of common moments: driving on the freeway, eating dinner, standing in a garage. I translate these pictures into loose line drawings, strengthening shapes that would often fade into the background. Bright, flat areas of color help to equalize image hierarchy. I use saturated color to pop shapes forward. Bringing everything to the foreground affects where our attention goes. I am playing with subverting the order that is created by our minds. I hope my paintings will offer a trippy view of a common moment.