A celebratory sketch from Dusti Bongé

A lively, joyous, colorful, exuberant artwork from Dusti Bongé as See Great Art continues to share her work in partnership with the Dusti Bongé Art Foundation in Biloxi, MS. Analysis of the piece, as always, comes from Ligia M. Römer, Executive Director of the Dusti Bongé Art Foundation.

Dusti Bongé, Black Hardbound Artist Sketchbook – p.91, c. 1980, mixed media on paper, 8 1/4” x 5 1/4”

I wanted to share something with a festive quality. This work from Dusti Bongé’s amazing 1980’s sketchbook fits that bill. A mixed media work combining watercolor and felt tip pen, this piece definitely has a celebratory quality to it, whether intended or not.

On the one hand it is reminiscent of fireworks bursting into the sky in a double explosion of reds, blues and purples with hints of yellow orange and black. The colors stand out against the pale, creamy, muted background. At the same time, it also hints at confetti and birthday strings. 

Dusti, being the consummate abstract painter she was, surely did not intend to evoke either of these, but neither would she fault anyone for making the leap.

For her, this was one of the many quick works in this sketchbook which allowed her to experiment with various media, the different strokes and mark making techniques one could make with said media, and with the confluence of various colors.

The soft wash of the background and the two red forms are juxtaposed with the slightly agitated squiggly lines in purple, blue, taupe, and black and the somewhat randomized dots speckled throughout. The bottom red form appears cradled in curving lines of the same purple, blue and black, while the top red form and its surrounding squiggles and dots seems to thrust upward and away.

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