Art, Design, and Writing by Raji Purcell

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Updates + Folk Science

Thanks to everyone who made it out to Folk Science on Saturday. It was a lot of fun and I couldn't think of a better way to get my feet wet. To everyone that missed the opening you can still catch a more mild viewing [Click Here For Details]. Some photos are below.

Also I hope to be getting more photos of my artwork up in the near future. My schedule has been crazy. I still have managed to add some much needed sections to my blog. Including my artist statement, a list of exhibitions, and a current exhibition info page.

Currently Exhibited At:

Folk Science exhibition, The Clothesline, Sarasota, Florida
533 S. Pineapple St.

A collective of very prolific yet relatively unknown up and coming Artists of Sarasota. Following the theme of Folk Science laid out by the show's organizer and creator Greg Ferris.
My work is in the main store front entrance of this very cool screen printing and t-shirt shop.


Art College of Xiamen University, Simeng District, Xiamen, Fujian Province, China.

As part of the Sarasota Sister Cities Electronic Art Exchange with Manatee Community College, my screen print "I Have Been Asleep" was selected to be digitally reproduced and giclee printed for an exhibition of work by artists in Sarasota.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Bio & Exhibition History


2009-2012 Ringling College of Art and Design

2007-2009 State College of Florida (Formerly Manatee Community College)

Exhibitions / Showings / Awards

2009 The Box Social, Sarasota, Florida [Current]

2009 Folk Science Art & Music Show, The Clothesline, Sarasota, Florida

2009 Art College of Xiamen University, Siming District, Xiamen, Fujian Province, China. As part of Sarasota Sister Cities Electronic Art Exchange with Manatee Community College. [Current]

2009 Selected for Sarasota Sister Cities Electronic Art Exchange with China

2009 Manatee Community College Student Art Show, Bradenton, Florida (1st place in Graphics Awarded)

2008 Manatee Community College Student Art Show, Venice, Florida

2007 Young Artist Showcase, Visual Arts Center, Punta Gorda, Florida

2006 Young Artist Competition, Charlotte County Fairgrounds, North Port, Florida

2006 Young Artist Showcase, Visual Arts Center, Punta Gorda, Florida (3rd Place Awarded)

2006 Art Sensation, Fisherman's Village, Punta Gorda, Florida

2006-2007 Gallery Walk, Punta Gorda, Florida (Monthly Showings)

Artist Statement

There is a theory eagerly being discussed within the scientific community about the properties of matter not being solid. That nuclei exit from our existence and return constantly without anyone being sure as to where it goes. This theory of matter being transient and inconstant is something I enjoy exploring in my work.

I use geometric objects contrasted with organic to represent what we commonly perceive as matter. However; I take these geometric objects even further into representing our existence and society on earth as being rigid, and uncomfortable. To me, the organic objects represent theoretical thinking, souls, and existences beyond what is physical, beyond the geometric objects.

The figures in my art not only give the viewer a personal relation to the piece, but are also shifting in and out of existence, and sometimes even transcending the physical.

My work also explores the mind, free thought, and escaping the mind's sometimes oppressive patterns. The brain, a ball of string, and a bird are all symbols for the mind in different states.

Monday, June 8, 2009

(were) Wolves

So today I finished some album (possibly real album) art for my friend's band Turn Thieves. They are a really awesome post rock band based in Gainesville Florida. Let me know what you think.

PS you may be seeing more of this image in other incarnations.

Friday, June 5, 2009


Every now and then I am inspired to do. Today is one of those days. I know I haven't updated as much as I'd like, but I am working on getting good photos of all of my new projects. So I decided to get one all the way done so at least I could say I have accomplished something.

I forgot the name of this one. Its graphite on Bristol 19x24. Kind of illustrative and fantasy like I suppose. I am also working on some new stuff that will hopefully get done in time for this...

I'm stoked. My first non school related show where my art will be displayed. Please come.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Updates n Such

Well believe it or not I have quite a few things going on. I've been really lazy about updating so let me try to remember it all. I'll start off with this -

So this is one of my finished screen prints (my professor took the photo and for some reason decided it looked best with a warm saturation). This particular photo is going to be sent to a college in China (I'll update with the name and location) and printed, matted, framed, and hung there. This is for a sister city art exchange that my college participates in. The other good news about this particular print is that it won first in Graphics in the school art competition. So all and all I am pretty excited.

Also I did some design work for a local artist whom I really admire. Kim Laurenti who is really amazing. It is a little poster (her concept) of her sculptures she sells on Etsy called Mooks. Click the image for a link to her store to buy one!

Besides that I am going to be getting more of my figure work photographed and build a new portfolio. Also I am doing more Wacom tablet work.

This is kind of an experimental piece. I think I found some nice techniques for the modeling, but besides that I don't really know how I feel about this. The face looks odd to me.

I guess finally I will state that I will be attending Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota Florida in the fall. So I am gearing up for that. I am constantly looking at student work and there is so much talent there. It is going to be hard to compete.

Anyways, I'll try and update more. I wish I had more subscribers.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

In Progress / Done

Another one in progress or possibly done. Give me your opinion. Maybe I'll listen.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Everything in its right place (More In Progress)

This one is looking close to done I think. It is hard to tell sometimes. What do you guy's think?
I finally used a better camera to take pics!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Another In Progress

Something I'll be working on today. So many things to work on. I hate the photos that my iphone takes, but its good enough for now. Oh hey! Look up...its my portfolio all fancy and nice. THANKS ISSUU!


Thursday, April 16, 2009

What I'm Working On

In Progress figure Drawing.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Writing - Infrequent Weather

This is a song I am working on for my music project Miner's Canary.

Like infrequent weather,
To seven phases we're tethered.
Something about our brights,
And trees they light at midnight.
Am I alone with friends?
Let me show you where I've been

Well I have a sinking feeling.
All my cards fall from my sleeves.
Everyone I know is reeling.
From my ghost-like transparency.

Am I a stepping stone?
Or a sink hole in the road?

So what are the variables,
That tie you? So unbearable.
Let me share your cigarette.
I don't want you alone in death.
I gave all I could.
You're still gone for good.

Well I have a sinking feeling.
All my cards fall from my sleeves.
Everyone I know is reeling.
From my ghost-like transparency.


Well I have a sinking feeling,
I am a stepping stone.
Everyone I know is reeling.
I am just a ghost.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Screen Print Design Finale?

I made a good amount of changes, as you can see. Steven's suggestion to me was not included because I couldn't quite get it right. But either way I think it turned out okay. Yay? Nay?
Hopefully starting on this today.

PS - I listened to Green Bird (from Cowboy Bebop) on repeat for like an hour or so last night while finishing this.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Screen Print Design - In Progress

Currently working on 4 color screen print design. This is either complete or close to it. I'll post pics of when I actually get it screened. I am quite excited, because I've never really done this before.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Wandering Algorithms

"Wandering Algorithms"
Digital Illustration and Design
Poem by ee cummings

Yeah so I think this one is pretty much done. Tell me what you think. I think I might try and upload it to In Print.