Flavia Art News (F.A.N.)

Flavia Testa
Outsider Artist
2019 outsider artist

January 2019

Dear Art Lovers,

2019 Has stared off with quiet continuation of the great art year that just passed. As I sit here and write, I want to explode and tell you all about the things I am planning to do, what I have started and what I have finished all at once! Those of you who know me or have met me, know that I live intensely and my work and my words I hope follow suit.

 

Being an artist comes with an enormous task and burden if you will, to say and project things that cannot otherwise be said in society, in out heart of hearts and in our unconssciousness and shadows. Hopefully I can bring the beauty of that out.

 

There have been countless hundreds of thousands who have come before and who are here today, doing much the same thing. I am most pleased to know that we share this in common, and that though unique, I am not alone in my work life. I have a great sense of fidelity to my art (and to my family). Both feed us. It is with the utmost respect that I create art and nurture my family. It is these creations that keep my work integral to who I am and what I do. I cannot separate my life from my art. In art, like in life some things are easy while others require more elaboration. Why tell you this? Because by making it public, I am accountable and it make the job of the artist real. It is a vocation that requires solitary hours of practice and patience. I have done that, and will continue to do so. Generating better work, a body of material that will be here long after me. I would also like to add, that without YOU, this would be a rather dull pursuit. My ego and pride need you, without sounding too much like an asshole.

Thank you and continue to stay curious, inspired and optimistic!

Flavia

Exploring Dualities/ Ink on paper/ 8.5 inches x 14.5 inches

 

Narrative Portraits – Your life interpreted by Flavia. Affordable Art with meaning.

After two years #flaviasinternationalartlist is coming to a close at the end of December. This was an initiative I took where I did interpretive illustrations of your lives and photos from social media and other media and stories you sent me in. I have about 50 or the 100 I started and will use them as promised to do a show and a book in 2019.

December at the ISYTE Gallery in Calgary, Alberta three new pieces are showing into the new year as new collaborations are in the works. Very happy to have work out West! Go Canada.

I am very happy to announce that two of my works are part of ongoing publications with Mount Saint Vincent University, one with Understorey Magazine and the other with Atlantis Magazine, these are both academic publications coming out of the Maritimes, go check those out online!

More academia and art with the upcoming published work in 2019 for Motherhood Initiative and Social Exclusion published by Demeter Press edited by Christie Byvelds and Heather Jackson. Wonderful to be the only artist among very bright and talented academics and researchers. On a subject that I have been part of and living for over twenty years. Motherhood!

I will be participating and sending my 9th year of charity work with the #TAE #twitterartexhibit, being held in Scotland in 2019, for art and health care. I love this because we all need to be healthy to prosper and art can help do that. TAE is an initiative where are postcards are sold at a silent auctions around the world for different charities. It’s great way to help out and it makes a difference.