Tory Van Wey Draws From Stream of Consciousness to Inspire Her Digital Compositions
Tory Van Wey pulls organic material from her daily life through a stream of consciousness process that lays mechanical pencil to paper as the impetus for visually stunning digital compositions.
Exploring the aesthetic impulses that lead her to draw one direction and not another, Van Wey incorporates clear metaphoric references to the gardening lifestyle she maintains in San Francisco’s Mission District. Having spent four months backpacking across California’s vast stretches of land, Van Wey found the day-to-day life of office work repulsive to her innate humanity. Taking it upon herself to branch out and fully embrace the title of artist, she has come to find that freelance work lends itself to her pursuit of happiness and expression through artwork that takes our breaths away.
Van Wey’s explorations are a vivid blend of hand drawn ink work and digital alterations. This method allows her to fully explore the canvas with an array of surreal shapes before vectorizing or scanning the entire image into a digital format, depending on its content (vectorizing line heavy content vs. scanning images with an emphasis on color), and adding to it digitally as she sees fit. The end results are crisp, professional images with intense symbolism and striking content that resonates throughout her work, reflecting the organic nature of Earth. Her designs seemingly represent the struggle inherent in mankind’s resistance to the lifestyle that called to her to create for art’s sake rather than that of a corporate salary.
These stunning images include disassociated shapes such as a heartbeat monitor, or is it an apocalyptic city-scape-turned-organic-garden? Roosters, eggs, heifer and swine occupy the compositions alongside dejected looking farmers and dehumanized bodies, modern utilities contrasted with empty space and abstract lines reaching into the furthest crevices of the artist’s subconscious.
Van Wey’s work has been featured by Coachella Music Festival and Stagecoach Music Festival as well as the Ritz Carlton and Goldenvoice Productions, but she still dreams of having a solo gallery show or designing her own art book.