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Tender Wild by Marisa Leilani Mustard

On view in the CCBC Gallery February 17 to March 28, 2021

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Marisa Leilani Mustard is a painter based in Athens, Georgia. A self-taught artist, Marisa enjoys bringing life to everyday objects and spaces like guitars, mailboxes, light switches, and empty walls by enveloping them in her distinctly bright and bold designs. Always seeking to reconnect human nature to the natural world, the artist’s most beloved subjects are flowers and creatures, often nestled into fields of decorative pattern or transformed into patterns themselves.

The artist’s eye is drawn to the things in nature we often forget to savor, her subjects rendered with exuberant and captivating contrasts. Flowers we know to be generally small, delicate lifeforms are lovingly transmogrified into larger-than-life zaps of color and line. Birds, tigers, and jellyfish are suspended in planes of color or patterns so dense they seem to pulsate energy from the surface. From these subjects to the variety of surfaces she works with, Marisa reimagines the mundane to be magical, prompting that joyful and fleeting feeling of seeing familiar things in a new way.

This collection of twelve new paintings on wood panel are for sale at Creature Comforts’ downtown Athens taproom through March 28, 2021. The artist is generously donating 20% of proceeds from this exhibition to Get Artistigrantmaking efforts. Get Artistic aims to foster place attachment—to help more Athenians love Athens—by investing in the local creative economy. Learn more about Get Artistic by clicking here.

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