Making It / Carla Wyzgala

Carla Wyzgala

Friend me on facebook @carlations

Little blurb about myself and my work:
I am a watercolor illustrator first and foremost and have been working
within the pin-up and comics genres, participating in Artist Allies
across the Chicagoland area.

As I began doing more and more art shows, I got pulled into the crafting scene and noticed a gap in styles/merchandise that I wanted to fill.

This is when I started
making “wearable” pieces of my artwork, before I mainly sold art prints.  With all the other amazing handmade jewelry booths out there,
I decided to stay true to what I specialize in: drawing/painting.

Thus the idea of Shrinky-dinks!   Honestly now, it is a joy working
with those little pieces of plastic and I am happy every time they pop
out of the oven.  The biggest problem with Shrinky-dinks is that there
are limitless possibilities and only so much time on this Earth!

A current project I am working on is a series of watercolor paintings
of masquerade ladies wearing the skulls of mythical creatures.  The
goal is to be able to fill a whole gallery space (not chosen yet) with
these works, possible a calender or book as well.

About destructivetesting

I'm a self-taught artist who prefers to use found objects in ways that were never intended. I'm not interested in making 10 or 100 of the same object. This, of course, takes more time to make each piece. I also prefer a more minimalist look, where each part of a piece can be appreciated. I consider my clocks to be small sculptures with moving parts. And, my lamps to be small sculptures with light. My mirrors are reflective sculptures. DESTRUCTIVE TESTING means to push something to it's limits to understand it's structural performance or material behavior under different stresses. I interpret this in my artwork as using materials in different ways or combinations than they were designed to be used. I also just like the slightly ominous sound of the term...
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1 Response to Making It / Carla Wyzgala

  1. Carla, I’m curious. Are your drawings completely from your imagination? Do you sketch something first?


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