My work begins with expression mirroring the moment. Lines, words, or blocks of color and start the process. Adding layers of color, paper, and text, I build texture from which to make the next decision.
Painting is accompanied by free flow writing, often worked into the piece as a design element. Words serve to rhythmically move a piece forward, as I work to answer the questions of composition and meaning. Meaning is often revealed to me in the form of animals or universal symbols, often morphing between states of abstraction and realism. The images at once connect us to modernity, and to our collective ancient past, human myth, and the natural world.
I often work on multiple paintings at once, making speedy and energetic moves. As a piece develops, my pace becomes more focused, with quiet reflection. By continuously moving between concealing then adding information, the composition gets destructed and reconstructed several times before it is complete.
Rachel Urista is a mixed media artist living in Corvallis, Oregon.
She studied Illustration and Bio-Medical Art at California State University, Long Beach. After her education she was introduced to the world of art journaling and mixed media art, which proved to be transformative in her artistic journey.
Immersed in nature and the rugged and fantastical landscapes of the Pacific Northwest, she creates from a space where her imagination can roam free. Rachel’s lifelong passions for anthropology, mythology, and magic surface and guide her work. Dream-like imagery and symbols weave their way into her art. Working from an intuitive place, she journeys through the layers, uncovering the personal myths and messages of each piece along the way.
Rachel shows her art at galleries and shares her passion for mixed media through art journaling and painting workshops. She believes that nourishing your creative self is one of the most loving and powerful things one can do for themselves, as it creates space for inner transformation.
14 Artists Journals, Orly Avineri, January, 2013