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Artist in Residence: Bridgid Lupetin Holmquist

Culture.  It’s a word you hear a lot these days, especially around the tech industry. You definitely see culture mentioned in job postings as a perk of the company.  At Cognizant Quick Left our culture is a huge part of what makes us unique as a company  and something that those of us lucky enough to work here, value highly. 

There are many things that contribute to our culture – everything from monthly office happy hours, nerf gun wars, keg-orators, a plethora of office fuzzy mascots, and many other things.  But one piece that we get the most looks for, is our interior – the garden, our neon green desk frame work and looooooots of windows. 

But recently we noticed that our office walls were a little bare.  And this made us sad. So we decided to liven them up and started a rotation of curated art.  Our first artist in house is Bridgid Lupetin Holmquist.  Three of her abstract oil paintings are currently hung in our office. She was generous enough to sit down with me and share a little bit about herself and her art. 

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Tara: What’s your background (school/degree)?

Bridgid: I attended art school at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

 

Tara: What led you to the world of art?

Bridgid: I have always been in love with every aspect of the arts from music (I played piano for 12 years), to dance to musical theater and obviously visual arts.  My mother and grandmother were and are very accomplished artists and so, thankfully creating art has always been a very important part of my life.  

 

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Tara: How do you do art? What is your creative process?

Bridgid: My process is very free form.  I just get into the studio and let the work come to me in the moment.  I will often have little pieces of inspiration that are floating around in my head with a more or less defined plan but it almost always gets reinterpreted when I start going at it.  I find that once I really get into the work, it starts to feel very meditative.  When I am dealing with difficulties in my life I find that the work is a lot more inspired and fluid.

Another piece of it is that I love making work for people that I meet.  Sometimes this means that the work is for someone I know very personally or that maybe I have only met once.  I like to get a sense of the personal spirit or style and then I can really get into channeling that into a painting.  

As a grow as a painter I gain more tools and techniques to incorporate into my work.  I try to create interest by the juxtaposition of different methods of paint application.  

 

Tara: What art do you most identify with?

Bridgid: I am a lover of many different styles of art but for a while now, contemporary abstract art is what I feel the most drawn to.  I had a professor in college, Lennon Lichalski who influenced my style really more than anyone else.  He has a really unique way of interacting with the medium and uses a similar, very saturated color pallet.  

Beyond my own style I just gravitate to pieces that are thought provoking and powerful.  I am drawn to beauty and interested in the fact that this perception is different for everyone.  I am in awe of ceramic arts (my mother is a very accomplished ceramicist) and

 

Tara: Why did you choose the medium you use?

Bridgid: Because of the style and the way I apply the paint, people usually think I use acrylic but it is actually all oil paint.  Oil allows me to really build up layers and play with transparency and texture in a way that really works for me.  

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Tara: How do you deal with creative blocks?

Bridgid: Painting and feeling like I am in my groove is something that comes and goes.  It feels very much like a muscle in your body which, if not used will waste away.  Often times if I take time away from my studio I feel a lot of anxiety when I get back to it, like maybe I’ve lost it.  It just takes time and patience and perseverance.  It also takes letting go.  I need to let go of trying to recreate successful pieces I’ve made in the past in order to keep the channels open for the next thing.  My really inspired work comes from trying to step outside of what feels comfortable for me.

 

Tara: What contributes to and influences your art?

Bridgid: I am and have always been a great lover of nature and feel that I am only truly myself when out in the mountains, in the woods or by the water.  Although these inspirations are only subtly represented in my work, they are what most greatly influences my color pallet, the movement of my brushstrokes and the organic feel.  

 

Tara: How has your style changed over the years?

Bridgid: When I was in school and just freshly out, my color scheme was always super saturated and combined a huge range of vibrant color.  More recently I have made a departure from the intensity of color to embrace a more subtle, cool tone.  Using probably 95% white paint has taught me how to use restraint.  I feel that I have matured as a painter and so this feels like a natural evolution.

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Tara: What do you believe is a key element in creating a good composition?

Bridgid: I feel that a good composition takes the viewers eye on a journey.  It makes you want more than just a glance and it makes you really feel something.  

Our office will be enjoying the work of Bridgid until the 1 October, 2016.  So if you are at Cognizant Quick Left for a meet up or have a appointment here, take a look around and enjoy the color that Bridgid’s work has brought to our office.    If you want to see more of her work or contact her please visit her at any of the following locations: