Fred Tomaselli’s work is inspiring by it’s visual capacity alone. That being said, I found his presentation of artistic process and motivation so very easy to relate too. Fred Tomaselli’s work is often collaged with both pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical drugs and images of birds. As a person who gets very tired of all the pills the doctors prescribe for lupus treatment, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, and so on, as well as being a person who is researching information on the NIH website for the effectiveness of non-pharmaceutical drugs, it was all riveting. You can watch this Master Series Lecture, from Toledo Museum for the Arts below.
As it so happens he is an avid bird lover, this muse shows up in his work broadly. Tomaselli commented that he is also planning to visit, one of the birder capitols of our hemisphere, the Nature Conservancy’s the Kitty Todd nature preserve. Tomaselli gardens as well and showed many pictures of his Angel Trumpet, which he admires for it’s own properties as well as aesthetics.
Below is an embedded video of Fred Tomaselli in process, and here is a link to a site where you can view his work, read his bio, and purchase prints: Fred Tomaselli on Artspace.com.
Below is a portrait of me in front of one of Tomaselli’s pieces. My mind was exploding with ideas! I celebrated afterwards by heading to my favorite local taquer1a for my favorite tacos and margaritas at San Marcos Restaurant.
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