As the sun begins to set behind Paul and Lulu Hilliard Art Museum, six Louisiana artists prepare their materials at one of three light projectors to create art in front of 200 people.
Instrumental music was played over speakers and the smell of jambalaya from Pot and Paddle Jambalaya Kitchen’s booth wafted through the air as the first set of artists began to create “tattoos” on Hilliard’s walls. Mare Martin, David Alpha and Michael Eble were the first set of artists. Martin started with a solid black painting which she scraped away to create an abstract swirl. Once she finished that piece, she took powered charcoal and began to use various objects such as scraping tools, brushes and her fingers to create various designs and erase them like an Etch-A-Sketch.
David Alpha was inspired by Francisco Jose de Goya and took various items such as moss, branches, children’s shoes, glass and bubble wrap to create layered pieces.
“It is you and your envelope for whatever you can kind of spontaneously make out of what will happen with simple technology,” said Alpha.
Michael Eble cut colored plastic into various shapes and sizes and laid them onto the projector. Then, randomly drew lines across and around them with a colored marker. Eble would place the shapes of plastic and draw on the pages only to take the different pages, now covered in colored lines, and layer them on top of each other in effort to play with color.
The second set of artists included Kathy Reed, Francis Pavy and Phyllis Lear. Reed painted things like an eye or a ribcage. Pavy would draw different objects and scenes like two men standing in the rain or a sunny day.
“This in of itself a performance that can make interesting things that are just temporal,” said Pavy. He explained that drawing in this event is a form of an outline for what he would paint, or, a brainstorming session.
Lear created her pieces with text from Walt Whitman’s poem “Song of Myself.” Each page had a couplet from the poem, and Lear would create a design using paint, lace, grass, flowers, sand, confetti or by sketching. Lear said she didn’t know if she wanted to draw a face since she never drew one upside down before. Her friend told her to try it since “that’s what live art is about.”
Festival Internationale de Louisiane hosted the Tattooed Walls event. This was the second year the event, which is open to the public, took place. Tattooed Walls took place, again the following Saturday at Acadiana Center for the Arts in downtown Lafayette.
Buz Reid, chairman of special exhibits committee for Festival Internationale said they would like to get international artists in the future.