Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound Painting by Staci Cross

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Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound

Staci Cross

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Size: 40 W x 60 H x 0.5 D in

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This piece is part of my older collection of works called Little Robots where the process, as always, is an organic one--meaning it starts with line discovery and then one stroke leads to another, opening the door for what turned out to be, in my opinion, visions of little robots on the canvas. If these little creatures are, in fact, robots, and maybe they're not, but if they are, I love the dichotomy between something machine like, not capable of love and a real human who clearly had a rough weekend in Vegas~ too much whiskey, too much gambling, too many women and too many pills. He's bound for hell right? Of course each viewer might see something completely different than the next, thank goodness. As always, the names of my pieces pay homage to the classic rock music I grew up on (either a song title or a specific lyric). While its difficult to narrow it down, some of my favorite bands include The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Lynyrd Skynyrd, CCR, Joan Jett and the Black Hearts, Prince, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Eagles, Aerosmith, Bob Dylan, The Cure, Heart, and Hank Williams Jr. and Willie Nelson. When I paint, I listen to all my favorite songs and think about life and perhaps the song's meaning, so I feel it would be disingenuous for me to NOT include their lyrics in my titles since these bands have been and will always be such a great influence. This work takes its name from a Hank Williams Jr. lyric and its a good one...I mean, I'm sure most of us can relate... "I've got a good woman at home Who thinks I do no wrong But sometimes, Lord, she just ain't always around And you know that's when I fall Now I can't help myself at all And I get whiskey bent and hell bound Play me some songs about a ramblin' man Put a cold one in my hand 'Cause you know I love to hear those guitar sounds Don't you play, "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" 'Cause I'll get all balled up inside And I'll get whiskey bent and hell bound Sure enough about closin' time 'Bout stoned out of my mind And I end up with some honkytonk special I found Just as sure as the mornin' sun comes Thinkin of my sweet girl at home And I need to get whiskey bent and hell bound Play me the songs about a ramblin' man Put old Jim Beam in my hand 'Cause you know I still love to get drunk And hear country sounds But don't you play, "Your Cheatin' Heart" 'Cause that'll tear me all apart I'll get whiskey bent and hell bound Yeah, old Hank's songs Always make me feel low down" ~~ Hank Williams Jr.

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Painting:Acrylic on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:40 W x 60 H x 0.5 D in

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Los Angeles based abstract and mixed media artist, Staci Cross, uses color, formation, and line discovery to express thoughtful, emotional imagery to the canvas. Staci believes the art is already in the room and that she is simply the vessel between what exists and what is seen. Committing to the work begets a blessing from the muses and therefore daily practice and time are essential to the process. Inspired by the abstract expressionist movement, pop art, cubism, and graffiti artists of the 70's and 80's, Staci's ever evolving connection to painting roots itself through music, Motherhood, photography, political commentary, pop culture, human energy and emotion, social awareness and the beauty of nature. Lately, Staci has been embarking on a new endeavor--working on the floor with unstretched canvas which provides an intimate fluidity with the paint while allowing an unencumbered physicality to the process. Freedom arises. Change can be scary, but often times, a real gem stems from it. Picasso, Rothko, de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Krasner, Miro, Franz Kline, Warhol, Cy Twombly, Howard Hodgkin, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Ed Ruscha are among her favorite artists. Staci graduated from the prestigious USC School of Cinema-Television and studied abstract painting at The Brentwood Art Center in Santa Monica, California. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons. www.stacicross.com www.facebook.com/stacicrossartist www.instagram.com/stacicross_art www.twitter.com/StaciCrossArt

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