OUR COMPULSIVE OBSESSION WITH PHYSICAL AND DIGITAL CLUTTER - ARTIST VIVIAN RASHOTTE


Vivian Rashotte is a self-taught Canadian artist who lives and works in Toronto. In addition to her visual art practice, she’s also a digital producer on CBC Radio’s — a national arts, culture and entertainment program.


"...my work evokes a reconsideration of our compulsive obsession with the creation and consumption of goods, images and other media."


My work typically depicts slice of life scenes that take inspiration from pop culture, social media and occasionally art history.


We’re increasingly plagued by physical and digital clutter of our own making: fast fashion clothing and textiles, trendy but frivolous objects, technology that rapidly becomes obsolete, excessive photos and screenshots, email newsletters that clog up our inboxes, and more.


By depicting mass-produced objects at the height of their value and popularity (before they become outdated, useless or end up in a landfill), my work evokes a reconsideration of our compulsive obsession with the creation and consumption of goods, images and other media. Moreover, the subject matter is contrasted by the medium: slow, labour-intensive oil painting.


As a form of homage, I often paint images within my images — such as phone screens, photographs and other artwork — because I like how it gives me the flexibility to blend genres and create a portrait within a still life, or a landscape within an interior scene.


Each of my paintings are a reflection on the mundanity, triviality and sheer moment-to-moment joy of 21st century life.



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