I feel like the world has become intolerably noisy. Everyone is screaming for attention – on tv, in music, on social media, anywhere they believe they could get some. Add to that the internal noise we all deal with: insecurities, doubts, etc. and we have one outrageously loud world. I believe we are in desperate need of spaces that allow for quiet, for introspection – a respite from this screaming world. My paintings are tasked with softening the discord, letting the viewers eyes rest and take a deep, cleansing breath.
My creative process begins with making as much noise (using texture and color) as I can. Paint is layered and poured and scraped and scratched as memories, emotion, desire and curiosity run the show. My only goal is a quiet finish line, making space for myself to trust that it will turn into something I find interesting or beautiful. A coat of white in varying thickness is applied to represent a calming blanket. It’s fascinating that by the end, I am always left with the question: “is this a quiet painting trying to be loud or a loud painting trying to be quiet?”
Angelique Bacia is a self-taught contemporary abstract painter who lives and works in San Diego, California. Angelique has been creating art in some form or another throughout her life, but is was not until Brexit that she became a full time painter.
Living in England at the time, the ugliness and noise of Brexit compelled Angelique to try to inject some positivity and quiet back into the world. Driven with the same thirst for knowledge that previously allowed her to write, edit, perform in and produce a comedic web series about vampires, Angelique threw herself into learning everything she could about painting. Then using that knowledge, she took oil to canvas, chose a positive word and abstracted how that word felt, trusting it would come through.
Inspired and influenced by Gerhard Richter’s Weiss and Grey paintings, as well as works by British artist Jessica Zoob, the concept of quieting noise has become the obsessive focus of Angelique’s work. Having switched from oils to acrylics and continuously educating herself, her goal with every work is to tame a loud canvas into something calm and quiet.
Angelique holds a degree in Criminal Justice from Georgia State University. She has most recently exhibited in the Art Museum of South Texas and has shown in galleries in New York and California. Angelique’s work has also been shown in several on-line publications including FVM Global Magazine.