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My name is Randi Case. I am a self-taught artist. Art or some form of creativity has always had an important place in my life. I discovered at age 13 that I could re-create an outfit in a magazine or store without a pattern. Designer duds at bargain basement prices. Every teen's dream! I considered becoming a fashion designer but my soul is happiest creating mixed media works.
My earliest works were large mixed media abstract paintings. I still create them but stay pretty busy satisfying the demand for my primitive and whimsical folk art. They vary in style, color, texture and subject. I recycle by using many found or discarded materials. It's the challenge of making something from nothing I enjoy the most.
I’m often asked what I call my art. I always say “primitive folk art” although I also do some pretty whimsical things. Once, a gentleman asking the same question replied “Oh no - this is visionary art.” He proceeded to give me the history of folk art, saying it was of German origin of the word "folk," or volk, meaning "of the people”. Applied in the broadest sense, "folk art" is art of or by the people. “Unlike folk art, visionary art is entirely spontaneous and individualized. Like love, you know it when you see it.”
His last statement stuck in my mind because I do LOVE what I create. I decided to investigate this "visionary art". I wanted to know if visionary art was truly different from folk art. A few quick web searches revealed that the essential difference between the two, though both may at times use similar materials and methods, is that visionary artists don't listen to anyone else's traditions. They invent their own. They hear their own inner voice so resoundingly that they may not even think of what they do as "art".
So, by definition, I am a “Visionary Artist”. I definitely march to a different inner voice than most. I wake in the middle of the night and scribble drawings on a bedside pad. I see an unusual object and instantly visualize a piece made from it. Old quilts, buttons, textile bobbins and bed/chair springs are treasures to me! I’m passionate about my work and, yet, I do not consider myself an artist.