by Mariah Gregg-Fling
Being able to create is one of the greatest joys in life. Visual art has been a part of my life in various capacities throughout my life, but it has always remained a large part of how I define myself.
Art can be meticulous at times and chaotic at others, which is why it such an honor to be so uninhibited for the art that I create for — and which lives in — the Electric Agora.
Sofia is the banner that began the multitude of ladies that grace this website. At the beginning of my time at the Electric Agora, I kept the themes for the bi-weekly rotation basic: philosophy based; nature, etc. But, I started to feel like I needed to draw something else.
I have always had an affinity for the human form and especially the female. I find women more exciting and fun to draw, as their presentation is typically more whimsical than that of men. Makeup, jewelry, and high fashion will always be more interesting to me than black tuxedoes and beards.
The ladies of the Electric Agora are largely inspired by Patrick Nagel’s work. His portraits focused largely on women with black hair and light skin, on a flat background. But the genius of his work was to combine that flat background with a three-dimensional figure. This combination pushes the viewer to intertwine the different dimensions, which creates a satisfying aesthetic.
Most of the women I draw are simply an artistic exploration into different textures, facial details, color combinations, and an enthusiastic appreciation for the female form, with no purpose than to be visually pleasing.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy making them!