Artist Spotlight:
SIRIMA SATAMAN


What is your favorite subject matter and why?
I’m captivated by form, texture, and pattern in our natural and built environment. Art-making, for me, is an expressive response to my environment and culture. Most of my imagery and sculptural objects deal with emotional and human aspects of our cultural ecology—how we adapt to social and environmental factors in order to survive and prosper. I hope that my landscapes capture the sensual aspects of a place/space and my sculpture objects invite touch.

Have you ever stepped out of your comfort zone and discovered a whole new genre of art? How did it turn out?
As an art student, you try on all kinds of styles until you develop your own style. Then later, after decades of being an artist, you have to try new mediums and new styles to stay open and unafraid of taking creative risks. Recently, I took an intro to painting class, and it turned everything I thought I knew about color and mark-making upside down. Being an artist means that you must suspend skepticism and disbelief in your work. It is fantastically rewarding when you can get some distance from your work, which allows you to just be in awe of what you’ve created.


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