Haley Funk is an abstract and non-objective artist whose work envelopes an array of themes such as self-reflection, mental illness, prior life experiences, gender expression, and gender identification. Haley started painting in high school after taking an art class on a whim. She quickly fell in love with the medium and began her higher education at Bradley University in Peoria, IL. Haley is currently earning her BFA with a concentration in Painting from Bradley University, as well as her BS in Psychology. She is a published poet and has received several awards for her art through the Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts at Bradley University. Haley is currently wrapping up her internship for an alternative project space, Project 1612, located in Peoria, IL and will continue her time there as a gallery assistant. She looks to eventually continue her education with a Master of Fine Arts after completing her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health and Counseling. She seeks to incorporate her two passions, art and psychology, by creating work centered around the cause and effect relationship of our daily interactions, worldly views, mental health, and childhoods.
My paintings are constructed of abstract and non-objective forms, inspired by concepts and ideas relating to mental illness, life experiences, gender expression, and gender identity. I manifest these ideas through a mixture of textures, surface quality, and materials such as paint, oil pastel, and graphite. My current body of work, Androgyny, is symbolic of the middle ground between masculinity and femininity. Androgyny means to embody both female and male traits simultaneously, or in other words, to have both agentic and communal attributes. I portray this in my abstracts by emphasizing a contrast between historically masculine and feminine art forms, such as warm and cool colors, light and dark values, organic and geometric shapes, as well as a palette of neutral toned color to infer the mixture of both ideas.
My paintings utilize design elements and principles of art such as line, color, value, and repetition as I’ve found some of the most basic building blocks of art to be the most inspiring. Line in my work conveys connectivity, a physical bridgeway between polarized areas on my canvas, as well as a metaphorical connection, movement, my content, and is an overall unifying element you’ll see throughout my work. Although my work is primarily abstract and nonrepresentational, I want viewers to take away a feeling of anonymity from it. In other words, I don’t want the audience to be able to look at one of my paintings and tell whether a female or male painted it.