Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Angela Bachman. I run my own freelance business called Grey Engel Artwork. This freelance work includes painting, drawing, fabricating, modeling, cosmetology, and dreads. I am also a student finishing up my senior year of college for my B.F.A. in Painting.
I’m also a makeup artist. Along with my own makeup work, I transform people into horrors and monsters in Aurora’s Basement of the Dead.
In a lot of ways, my emotions and experiences fuel my work. As this could turn into a lengthy explanation, but to keep it short and sweet, a majority of the work I have been focusing on has been intuitive and experimental as well as quite personal. For as long as I can remember, faces and figurative work has always been an inspiration for my work, and in many ways, a big focus.
What are you currently working on?
Currently, I am working on my senior project for my Undergrad BFA show at the end of this current semester. I am still refining this conceptually and visually, but I plan to incorporate the elements around me rather than put so much focus on figures like I have in previous works. Id like to eliminate the importance of the figure by introducing new elements, such as nature for an example, to bring the viewer to the bigger picture and interconnectedness the universe we exist in possesses. This will be as external as it is internal as far as my sources go.
What is the coolest thing you have ever worked on?
This is a challenging question.. As I don’t really think about comparing the projects I engage in since a lot of them are so different from one another. But I suppose if I had to narrow it down, I would say the “coolest” thing I have worked on are my mixed media paintings. They were amongst the most challenging pieces for me to create and pushed me out of my comfort zone.
As far as community experiences, I have to say Nightmare on Chicago Street in Elgin was the coolest event I have ever partaken in with my artwork.
What is your dream project?
My dream project is something that will take a life time. I want to live and breathe creativity. I wish to work with new photographers as well as other artists who are strong in their creative fields to further expand my knowledge and to just learn from working along side other individuals. I would rather not say what my ultimate dream project is, just because I want that to be a surprise in itself when I do get to it.
What do you hope people get from your work?
This varies depending on the work. If it pertains to some of my “darker” concepts, I wish there to be a shock value of sorts that draws a viewer in. In refence to some of my more figurative and personal work, I wish to raise awareness as well as create a relation to being human with the viewer. Overall, I hope for my work to create a connection of some sort with people.
What artists should we check out?
Tim Cantor, Anthony Adcock, Zdzisław Beksiński
Where can we see your work?
My work is locally displayed in downtown Dekalb. I am also a frequent participant in ArtBar held in Aurora. My work can be found at Chicago events such as Nocturna, Darkwave, and Sanctuary as well as local pop up art shows and a couple galleries in the city and surrounding areas. This is honestly constantly evolving and changing, so it is hard to say where exactly work will be when a reader comes across this.