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Face-Concealing Paintings

Artist Ali Cavanaugh Creates Colorful Face-Shielding Art

— May 28, 2011 — Art & Design
Ali Cavanaugh is a St. Louis artist whose work provides an intriguing window into alternate perspectives on art and life. Cavanaugh's penchant for focusing on alternate outlooks comes from changes in her own life that forced her to rely on nontraditional methods of focus: at the age of 2, a viral meningitis infection took her hearing.

"This loss was a blessing in disguise," she said. "I learned to depend on body language and lip read to communicate."

Ali Cavanaugh's work is heavily influenced by the juxtaposition between the seen and the unseen. Her work often features delicate images of young women, with an eye towards capturing "the tender unseen presence that transcends understanding in the depth of a soul."

Ali Cavanaugh's colorful and layered paintings have been extremely successful. She has been featured in over 40 solo and group exhibits at museums around the U.S., and her work has appeared in publications American Art Collector and Art Calendar Magazine. Her latest series, "Arcs & Angels," recently finished a showing in St. Louis and is being shown at the Robert Lange Studio in Charleston, South Carolina until May 27, 2011.
Trend Themes
1. Colorful Face-shielding Art - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Explore the use of face-concealing art in fashion and entertainment industries, providing a unique way to express oneself while also offering protection or anonymity.
2. Focus on Alternate Perspectives - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Incorporate the concept of alternate perspectives into marketing and advertising strategies, creating campaigns that challenge conventional thinking and engage consumers on a deeper level.
3. Capturing the Unseen Presence - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Develop technologies or applications that enable individuals to capture and visualize the intangible aspects of life, such as emotions or spiritual experiences, in new and meaningful ways.
Industry Implications
1. Art - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Integrate technology and digital art platforms to enhance the viewing and interactive experience for art enthusiasts, offering immersive and personalized encounters with art.
2. Fashion - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Explore the incorporation of face-concealing art into fashion design, creating avant-garde and functional garments that challenge traditional notions of identity and self-expression.
3. Entertainment - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Introduce face-concealing art into performing arts, film, and virtual reality experiences, enabling performers or users to adopt new identities and explore uncharted creative territories.
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