Artist
Quin de la Mer Indian Wells, California

Surrounded by artists and activists in San Francisco’s Mission district, Quin de la Mer creates conceptual, mixed-media artwork. She combines classical fresco techniques and contemporary abstraction to create what she calls “Modern Frescos.” Despite the many layers and textured appearance, the surface of each artwork is smooth and highly polished. As light reflects off the surface, each piece is in a constant state of change. Music is a crucial element to her work. Quin, a classically trained pianist, considers her frescos visual pieces of music. Just as music is composed of vibration of sound, her paintings are composed of vibrations of light.

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    About The Artist

    Surrounded by artists and activists in San Francisco’s Mission district, Quin de la Mer creates conceptual, mixed-media artwork. She combines classical fresco techniques and contemporary abstraction to create what she calls “Modern Frescos.” Despite the many layers and textured appearance, the surface of each artwork is smooth and highly polished. As light reflects off the surface, each piece is in a constant state of change. Music is a crucial element to her work. Quin, a classically trained pianist, considers her frescos visual pieces of music. Just as music is composed of vibration of sound, her paintings are composed of vibrations of light.

    Artist Statement

    I am a context based visual artist grounded in site specific process. I need to be present to create meaningful work. My primary media are fresco painting, and works on paper to include the experimental photographic process called cyanotype and text as medium. Together, my artworks create stories that move between the invisible and visible worlds, speaking to what is unseen but surely present. A complex set of ideas are the skeletal structure that shapes each narrative. Titles provide context, the primary indication of what the work is about. Abstraction puts the imagery beyond reason inviting the viewer to weave their own contemplation into the exchange. The practice of Artist as Nomad provides the background world for the visual narratives I create. Through the gathering of unfamiliar experiences, I make note of beauty that bleeds through the interstices of ordinary reality, spontaneously healing rips and tears, wounds and separations that devastate experience. Subscribing to the idea that art is not so much something to look at, but a means to look beyond what is seen, is the possibility for the artworks to lead the viewer on a meta-reflective journey.

    Artist Background

    California Institute of Integral Studies
    Master of Fine Arts, 2019

    San Diego State University

    Master of Arts, 1991

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