The Scintillating Artwork of
Sin D. PIantek
by Karen Reider
It was one of those
days. Running around trying to get stuff done, everything taking
longer then it should. I was feeling a little too serious, a
little too rushed. Buzzing into the local printshop, I peeled
around the corner and saw this wonderful artwork on the counter.
It stopped me in my tracks.
jet black cat with wise golden eyes, shrouded in a brillant
blue cape, candles flickering mysteriously and runes scattered
before it, had my full attention. "Wow," I giggled,
my mood altering instantly. "Is that your artwork?"
The artist, Sin D
Piantek, was watching me, grinning. "Thats what I
do it for," she shined.
I began looking at
her other "Magical Cats" and before I knew it had
purchased two and made an appointment for an interview. Piantek
gave me her website to view the rest of her work and I was delighted
at what I found.
Cats" were just a tiny taste of the world of Sin D Piantek.
I discovered she also painted on rocks and had an array of fine
art drawings and paintings. I had seen her "rock spirits"
in Tlaquepaques Impressions some time ago and was fascinated
by their dimensionality.
The day of the interview
arrived. Piantek climbing up my steps, loaded with her treasures
of various artwork, smiling broadly, greeted me warmly.
Instantly she was
drawn to one of the river rocks decorating my porch. She stooped
to pick it up and spoke to it like an old friend. Bubbling with
excitement, Piantek told me she has always been a collector
of rocks, feathers and things of nature. Naturally, I gave her
As we situated ourselves
at the table, she set out a large basket of Spirit Rocks. Reaching
for the most adorable grey mouse I had ever seen, my attention
was beseeched by a hundred alluring eyes.
dogs, cats, elephants, bears and racoons were calling to me
from the overflowing basket. I was laughing, Piantek was laughing,
and suddenly I understood what she meant that first day I met
her... "Thats why I do it." She loves to bring
joy, to make people laugh, to make people feel. "People
need to lighten up," she grinned like the Chesire Cat.
she talked, I turned the little mouse over in my hands and was
amazed at the detail. From the spiral tail to the tiny pink
nose, I wondered how this ever could have looked like a rock.
Piantek went on to
explain how she sees the rock as the object she is going to
paint before she even begins. "Just like everything, rocks
hold an energy. When I find a special one, it seems to speak
to me, to tell me what it is. I bring the energy of the mouse
out to the surface for everyone to see."
Growing up in Connecticut,
Piantek says she was born with a paintbrush in her hand. Throughout
school teachers recognized her talent and encouraged her to
do her artwork in whatever form it took. "I was always
certain it was what I wanted to do."
Piantek loved designing
her own clothes, creating her own styles. So naturally when
she graduated high school she was drawn to study fashion design.
And what better place to do it then in New York at Parsons Institute.
By the end of the
first year, Piantek realized it just wasnt what she wanted,
so she switched to fashion illustration. Soon after, she changed
her mind again, this time to illustration. "Art school
isnt there to tell us what to do," she reflected.
"Its there to help guide us along on our path."
After an unprosperous,
yet spiritually rewarding time in California, Piantek returned
to Connecticut. A lucrative position as art director for the
Weekly Reader was the dangling carrot that drew her home. Doing
freelance illustration as well, over the next 17 years, she
cleaned up her debts accrued in California and afforded her
move to Sedona where she hoped to pursue her fine art.
Piantek was tired
of illustration, she wanted to break free and express herself
with her own creations. She also wanted to enliven her spiritual
awareness. What better place to do that then Sedona?
That was nine years
ago and Piantek has been riding the Sedona rollercoaster ever
She began a series
of ebony pencil drawings when she first came here that are so
detail oriented, it boggles the mind. Extremely time consuming
and full of symbology, they seem a direct reflection of the
changes happening inside her.
Like a jewel, Pianteks
life was gradually taking shape in the rocks around her. She
could make whatever she wanted of herself. Still the mundane
world of survival felt like it was holding her back. Not able
to afford doing her fine art, Piantek soon developed artists
Working at The Eye
of the Vortex, a New Age bookstore, she enjoyed meeting the
diverse people that passed through Sedona but was finding it
difficult to pay her bills. During this time she developed her
Magical Cat series, which she displayed at the book store. Piantek
loved watching people discover them on the walls and seeing
A joyful thought
poised between her eyes like a point of light. She continued
Her deep love of
cats and the poignant loss of Raven, her black kitty who disappeared
one day, was the inspiration for these magical creations. Using
marker and colored pencil, Piantek tells an engaging story with
each cat in the series. After meditating on what she will draw,
Piantek studies the symbology she will place in each drawing.
Raven, the black
cat I first saw in the print shop, is laden with that symbology.
Piantek calls the piece "Transformation." The Runes
placed around the cat, including the blank rune he holds, represent
transformation. The cloak he wears, depicting a Labyrinth, speaks
of Ravens journey into the unknown.
Symbols are prevalent
in all of Pianteks work, from the fine art pencil illustrations,
to her Spirit Rocks.
By this time, Riley,
a playful rock pup, had found his way into my hands and heart.
I realized that the whole time Piantek was talking, I was petting
one rock or another.
Through many layers
of paint, she creates dimension that is truly tangible. From
the Zen Rabbit called "Meditation" to the spiral kneed
elephant "Ganesh," the detail was extraordinary.
A vibrant, impassioned
woman, Piantek is a mystic who sees into the heart of things.
Piantek also has
created brilliantly colored, mixed media art of unicorns, the
signs of the Zodiac, and a playful series of characters beginning
with the New Age Queen, Meme Angelica.
What On Earth carries
Pianteks best selling "Egyptian Cat" on t-shirts
and sweatshirts in their catalog, among other items of hers.
And, if all this
doesnt keep her busy enough, she has begun artwork for
a childrens book and is pursuing having her "magical
cats" made into greeting cards, tote bags, cups, t-shirts
and pillows. Pianteks ideas and enthusiasm are immeasurable.
Now, all she needs is the money to produce it all.
Which brings us back
to the mundane... Purchasing Pianteks work is as easy
as taking a trip to Impressions Gallery in Tlaquepaque or calling
the artist at 634-9279 to view her private collection. She can
be commissioned for Spirit Rocks or fine art that is guaranteed
to bring a smile to your face.
Spirit Rocks range
in price from $22 to $350 depending on the detail and time she
spends on them. Her "magical cats" can be purchased
in 5x7 format, matted beautifully, for just $16 each.