Using color, texture, and tension, Casey Sommers and Angela Briggs-Sommers explore the dichotomy between abstract chaos and conceptual structure. Their work does not reference objective reality – rather, each piece captures the artists’ shared experience of a moment in time. Perfect lines and heavy texture communicate a state of mind – joy, sadness, fear, and love visually unfold as the artists internalize the memory.
Their creation process is slow and intricate – a single piece can take up to a year to complete as they add layers of texture that include gesso, glaze, latex, acrylic, tempera, and spray paint, as well as string, tape, glass beads, rocks, wood chips, tissue paper, and sand.
Abandoning the brush in favor of unconventional tools, and without sketching or planning, they begin each piece with an unlimited palette of nonfigurative marks. They achieve layering and depth by intuitively combining a variety of media onto a shared surface. Spontaneously feeding off of each other’s movements, emotions, and playfulness – and without any set parameters – Angela and Casey’s works evolve over time into sublime visual and tactile environments.
Casey Sommers and Angela Briggs-Sommers were both born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where the art duo’s studio is located today. Casey studied at the International Academy of Design and Technology, and Angela studied at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Working together under the epithet “Desaturated Worlds,” their pieces are included in private and corporate collections throughout the United States and abroad.