Water-Based Paints on Canvas, Wood Board, and Paper
Shany Porras’s abstract paintings visually communicate, or translate, what is experienced through music regardless of genre or musical period. Her classical music training when young has meant that music remains an essential part of her daily living. She ‘sees’ music as an abstract language, and she translates music to paintings, much in the same way she would translate one language to another. Her motivation is to extend the reach of music and painting to many people.
Shany chooses music that is inspirational to her, selecting from topics such as Greek mythology, her home country of Venezuela, or simply today’s popular or politically charged music. Each painting is unique to each musical piece, and it is clear that the selection of medium, including acrylic paint, graphite, wax crayons, ink, and spray paint, among others, hinges on the artist’s interpretation of the abstract language of music. Her art is deeply influenced by Bauhaus and the American abstract painters of the 20th century, borrowing from their techniques, and applying them as needed to translate music.
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