Shauna Lee Lange Artist Statement 2022
Shauna Lee Lange is the founder of Steam Creatives, a California-based full-service illustration and design studio working in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) intersections. We create infographics, illustrations, and digital and analog artworks. A late-emergent, self-taught artist, Lange is United States born 1963 and a US Veteran. Although Lange was raised in New England and strongly prefers island life, she has been a California resident since 2021. She is a driven arts advocate, speaker, and arts education proponent. She holds a prior 25+ year US Government career in management and regulatory analytics.
Immersed in visual thinking, communication, and culture, Lange’s personal art and that of her firm’s project work seeks to encourage large-scale, public thematic works in nature, personal geographies, and especially water sustainability and advocacy for marine conservation. Lange’s neo-pointillism art, based in illustration and watercolor, are combined with occasional collage art. The ongoing effort solidifies an additional art & tech enterprise, Metaverse Watchdogs (Web 3.0, metaverse, NFT, and digital/virtual arena).
Lange’s visual artwork encompasses artistry in naturalist watercolor styling and color-intensive statements as she is strongly influenced by the Washington DC Color School and Josef Albers Color Theory along with Mark Rothko’s color fusion work. Design decisions are based on inspired mood, color boundaries, and composition. Work from 2006 – 2012 concentrated within watercolor and collage realms of art journaling, visual diaries, book arts, and international sketchbook communities, with which Lange still regularly participates.
Professional work is in the field of neo-pointillism through extremely laborious, hand-rendered, abstract circles drawn or painted in a concentration of numerous sizes, light effects, color harmonies, and interplay. Ongoing watercolors since 2012 are exacting and fully concentrated methods within pointillism micro-circle fine art which is akin to aboriginal art. The abstract work is clean, colorful, amorphous, and cellular-like within a systematic and serious study of the Japanese Wabi-Sabi further inspired by the graphite small circle drawings of Hiroyuki Doi and the color-intensive large circle paintings of Yayoi Kusama. Within this concentration of interdependencies, sustainability, and systems thinking, Lange’s works explore and push color field theory especially in the themes of water, oceanography, coastal art, nautical art, or maritime art, but in a much more contemporary way that feels at home with bio art or eco art.
Collage techniques are intuitive, experimental, and constantly changing. Lange has learned to embrace big systems thinking; a true analyst. Always trying to make a whole out of the sum of parts, she is seeking greater meaning and enjoys the paradox of tension, intersection, and juxtaposition – occupying more than one state of being at a single point in time. How subjects, people, and events intersect in unusual and unexpected ways has led her to invest in the joy of a naturalist’s art life in coastal themes. This shift pursues social concerns in community, culture, and human creativity within the scientific discipline overview.
Where prior efforts were narrative and explorative, Lange’s current work is focused and directed at meaning and application. Lange’s motivation is to create and illuminate pathways for scientific communication and the marriage of art and technology. With a desire to meet others (figuratively and literally) through the transportive vehicle of art, she also hopes to meet her true selves and make some meaningful progress towards awareness of the value and importance of water in our lives.