Our artist of the month is Diva Armas Luther, a digital artist that creates colorful prints of varied themes. Having a graphic design background, her work is inspired by typography and architecture magazine layouts. She grew up with influences such as, late 80’s to early 2000’s manga, international haute couture editorials, and contemporary political art from her home-country, Indonesia. After spending more than a decade being in different countries in Asia, she found comfort in Bloomington for the art scene and is excited to bring her own culture to the colorful B-Town.
As artists, we subject ourselves to criticism, both external and internal. There is that tier that we are always trying to reach, that next level that always seems out of our reach. Because of this constant chase, we often leave art behind, deemed ‘failures’ and ‘mistakes’ that should be hidden away from the world.
This show is to explore the idea that unfinished pieces, disappointments, and frustrations should be celebrated for what they are; beautiful works of expression and lessons learned. There is always someone that will appreciate what the artist creates in some shape or form, and as the creators, we must be proud of what our hands craft.
May 3–26, 2019
The exhibition “Form and Fantasy- A Hero’s Journey” depicts realistic bronze and aluminum life-castings, as well as printed black & white comics as a narrative about heroes, humanity, and the fight between good and evil. Nahas enjoys utilizing the human form because they are beautiful as stand alone forms, they are also figures that the viewer can relate to and engage with. By making the figures without faces, it becomes more mysterious and fantastical; the forms begin to create a relationship with its viewers, and allows the viewers become vulnerable to the expressions the art provides. This susceptibility gives them a sense of malevolence and/or benevolence that is often the range of one’s associations. Nahas uses this vulnerability as a source of power. It takes a brave and confident person to make themselves vulnerable, for they must have the strength to withstand the consequences, to become a hero.
“The narratives are purposefully ambiguous as there are many ways to interpret a single piece. Concrete gender roles no longer exist. Females can be more like males and males can be more like females. Upon closer inspection, one realizes that the piece is conceptually more complicated than the figures they assume. I blend the beautiful with the sad, fantasy with reality, idealism with truth as well as the deviant with the innocent. I decidedly leave these compelling dualities open for the viewer to draw their own conclusions. The fictional elements juxtaposed with non-fictional bodies are there to turn the world up-side-down and to leave the viewer off balance. Fantasies become realities and dreams become actuality. ”