Marissa Raglin + Isaac Diaz

Featured in our gallery for the month of August is the work of Oklahoma artists Marissa Raglin and Isaac Diaz.

Learn more about these artists at:
https://www.instagram.com/marissabozrag/
https://www.instagram.com/uoqaus/

Join us Thursday, August 10th from 6-9pm for the Artist Preview Reception preceding our regularly scheduled 2nd Friday Opening the following night during Live On The Plaza from 6-10pm.

Artist Preview Reception: Thursday, August 10th // 6pm-9pm
LIVE On The Plaza Opening: Friday, August 11th // 6pm-10pm
Exhibit Runs August 10th - September 3rd

 

Isaac Diaz//  Artist Questions


What is your medium/process?

I use ink, watercolor, and acrylic the most, and sometimes graphite. I typically just start drawing in my sketchbook when I have an idea and then see if I would like to go through with it.

Where are you from?

Oklahoma City

How would you describe your latest body of work?

All of the pieces in the show are expressing who I am and what I love, things like flowers and dreamy visuals.

What inspires you?

Nature, music, and my Salvadoran heritage.

How did you get started?

I always drew as a kid, and I always enjoyed it and over the years it became my passion.

What are your goals for the future?

To graduate from OU with a degree in interior design, and travel to places like Greenland and Japan.

What advice do you have to artists?

To always go with their gut with what they want to express, who cares what people will say at the end of the day not everyone will love what you create but those who do will be impacted in some way.

MARISSA RAGLIN  //  ARTIST QUESTIONS

What is your medium/process?

I create ethereal, whimsical collage works of art. Creating with images delicately removed with a cutting blade from vintage magazines, books, and postcards, I favor the endless assemblages of collage imagery. Using original, unaltered imagery and basic design elements, the images are compiled and become unified, telling one story. I emphasize negative space in my works to allow the selected images room for conversation. Using these elements, I focus on the story that develops between the images. I determine color and forms that complement the primary figure and communicate the narrative. I use matte medium as glue for my work, and then finish the piece with resin.

Where are you from?

I am originally from Bossier City, Louisiana and moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of 10. I received my BF from Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma. I am an Oklahoman by choice and have lived in Oklahoma City for four years now. 

How would you describe your latest body of work? 

My latest body of work features modified landscapes, altering landscapes to create my own world. Again, using found imagery I compile and create my own landscape often featuring ethereal, other-worldly components. This new body of work also has a southwest vibe, often using cacti. Not only is this a favorite scenery of mine, but it is symbolic within the work. Cacti are resilient, stubborn, and thrive under harsh conditions, this latest body of work champions the unexpected and unusual.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by the Oklahoma artist community and have felt so supported in my craft and as a creative through art organizations, opportunities, and friendship, and I think that is important. After participating in OVAC's Artist Inc. OKC Live Fellowship, I had the fortune of meeting my small group and since graduating two years ago, we have continued to meet on a monthly basis. We call ourselves the Intenionalists and we are deliberate in our craft and friendships, and these people inspire me- Gayle Curry, Heather Clark Hilliard, Josh Vaughn, and Brendon Williams.

 

How did you get started?

I studied painting in college and after graduating in 2012, I lost the desire to continue creating and so I stumbled across The Jealous Curator blog by Danielle Krysa and her latest publication at the time, Creative Block. This book challenged me to create for the sake of creating, so I went to a couple thrift stores to pick out books, and picked up a cutting blade and started my first attempts at the collage medium.  I found a lot of freedom in this medium and haven't turned back.  While my techniques and usage of mixed media components may change the direction of my work, I still have a passion for working with found imagery and creating new from old. You can see the subtle transitions in my work at mraglinart.com.

What are your goals for the future?

I have several. In addition to showing work throughout Oklahoma, I'd like to continue showing work nationally. I have my first solo show at Mainsite Contemporary Gallery in June 2018, and it is my goal to create an entire new body of work; preferably featuring larger works. I have a 10-year goal of showing work internationally, and playing a part in bringing artistic awareness to the state of Oklahoma and its contemporary artist community; I'm just not sure what my role looks like for that just yet.

What advice do you have to artists?

My advice for artists is to explore new media, processes, and techniques with their craft. Don't tie yourself to one method, express your creativity in whatever means necessary. Create, to simply create.