Stripe MEN – Lili Arnold

117 Walnut Ave
Santa Cruz, 95060
First Friday Artist Image
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Lili Arnold

My work over the last few years was initially born from curiosity. What began as a study and representative expression of flora and fauna slowly morphed into a dedicated body of work in which I found myself as an artist for the very first time. With block printing as my primary medium, I have locked into an exploration of the many wonders of the natural world, and don’t see an end in sight.

This body of work takes a step back from the colorful norm I’ve worked with in years past and examines detail and linework from a new perspective. With only black and white to represent the images I created for this show, the details of each carving become front and center. The goal of this simplification of color was to heighten the relationship of positive and negative space, rather than distract from it.

The pinnacle piece of this show is “Queen of the Night”, my interpretation of the truly alien-like and elusive cacti which cast a spell of intrigue over me since I first came across it many months ago. This piece is the largest scale I’ve ever experimented with, requiring weeks of intricate planning and execution. The mystique of this plant comes primarily from it’s short lived blooms, which reveal themselves rarely and usually wilt before dawn. I wanted to capture an interpretation of the Queen of the Night and pay homage to it's glorious detail and singular characteristics.

While my art practice is an ongoing evolution of ideas and techniques, this show has inspired me to branch out even further into varying scale and means of expression. I anticipate many more pieces to come as part of this body of work and I look forward to sharing whatever comes next with you all!