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2009 Showcase II: Walkers' Gallery
3 Alo, Jill
I'm interested in making art about life, not art about art. Though concerned with the formal elements of good Art, equally interesting are the philosophical questions which viewers might relate to-- "what is going on here?" or, "can people ever really understand each other?" There may be no specific answers to these questions, but paying attention to experience has its own rewards.
At my drafting table, I think in terms of mini-narratives and metaphors. The formal elements come later, after I begin to work on an image.
Leaving specific information out helps make the images more open to the viewer. The finished image may not have the same associations or meanings for viewers, but it might.
0 Badger, Janet Best
I was diagnosed with talent at an early age, and was always the artist of the family. I was proud of my draftsmanship, but as time went by, I realized that I couldn't take credit for my talent; it was a gift. What I do take credit for is the effort I have made through the years to master my craft, those areas of printmaking that I focus on: mezzotint, etching and linoleum. My preferred subject is the human face and figure. I am fascinated by faces, and in trying to capture them I increase my understanding of what it means to be human, who I am, and what I'm here for.
2 Casey, Belinda
My art is developed from a narrative fragmenting of images. My childhood was rich with colorful characters, steel magnolias and a confluence of mixed messages. The consequence of this is a creative ability to find humor in most things. My aesthetics reflect these poetic dichotomies: beauty with calculation, the bitter with the sweet, the humorous with the serious; the literary with the familiar; clandestine moments with collected observations. I enjoy the play of metamorphic connections with the subconscious and senses. Sexual entendre and duality of meanings are explored with symbolic and psychological innuendo. Images are juxtaposed, altered, and accessoried with a tongue-in-cheek attitude to form the focus of my work.
2 Ceci, Veronica
More than half of Veronica's life has been spent printing, starting with a commercial offset apprenticeship program in high school. After one too many times being reprimanded by traditionalists for creative use of commercial applications, she veered towards the fine arts in college. In 1999 Veronica graduated with a BFA in Printmaking from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, being the first in her family to spend that much money on college without becoming a doctor. The call of the west brought her to New Mexico, where she completed the Tamarind Institute Professional Lithographer program in 2002. She was pulled away from the land of enchantment by an artist's residency at the Scoula Internazionale Di Grafica in Venice, Italy. After spending all her time drawing in church and all her money on green shoes, prosecco and Fabriano paper she returned to the United States. Veronica tried many American cities on for size. Nashville highlighted her complete lack of musical talent, a stint as a New Orleans street performer only garnered enough cash for a tank of gas, and a masterful appearance in Death Valley: The Revenge of Bloody Bill as "Zombie in Window" in Hollywood was completely overlooked by the Academy when Oscar time came around.
In 2004 Veronica came to Austin on a hunch and found it a beacon for paper arts. She became Flatbed Press' Master Lithographer and joined WPA ASAP. During her time in Austin Ceci exhibited extensively throughout the United States and abroad, including The International Print Center New York's best new work of 2010. At Flatbed she was privileged to collaborate with artists such as Dan Rizzie, Luis Jimenez, Sarah Canright, Sterling Allen, Suzi Davidoff and many more.
Even Austin's excellent brisket and live music couldn't hold her forever. A lust for the mariner's life brought her briefly to Sarasota, Florida where she smelled like a sailor and worked as a picture framer at the Soicher-Marin Gallery. The entire summer of 2011 was spent in residence in Murano, Venezia, Italia at Venice Printmaking making large scale monotypes of tourists ignoring their surroundings in favor of their smartphones. Spring of 2012 was spent as Artist in Residence at the Experimental Printmaking Institute at Lafayette College in Easton PA and she was featured in a three person show there called the Room of Relief in 2013. Currently Ceci is pursuing her MFA while teaching Lithography at Kent State University.
1 Hayes, Angela
I have always been a writer with a vivid imagination and a skill for portraying emotion in my work. In college I took an art class in printmaking and lost my heart. I haven't stopped writing but I do take my skills as a writer and apply them to my art. Emotion is the core of who we are as people and I try to create work (art and poetry) that taps into my heart and soul, work that expresses something intensely real and intimate. True art is more than just a pretty picture, it says something about who you are, where you've been, and what you feel.
1 Hayman, Carol
My photo based prints are about light and its interaction with the artifacts that clutter our daily lives, that people leave behind, or natural objects around us. This interaction is mysterious and beautiful, imbued with significance, but unnoticed by most people. My mission is to call attention to these moments, to show the excitement in the mundane.
1 Kayser, Cathie
My Dad died in 2006 after much suffering. Right after I returned to Houston, a blue jay flew into my kitchen window. The impact broke his neck. A few weeks later, not really knowing where I was going with my art, I looked in the flower bed and found his skull and began sketching. As I was trimming some bushes another day, I found his wing--a bone with the feathers still attached. More sketching. More studying. More searching.
My Dad asked me right before he died, "What is going to happen? Is there something else?" I could not answer his question. But I have found my own answer.
I am content in my belief that each day gives us quite enough, if we take the time to look. In the end it is all of life's detritus littering my landscapes--physical and personal--that bring meaning to my life, and my work.
0 Kinbar, Anna
I like the process and the surprises inherent in printmaking. I am continually amazed that I am able to overcome the mess and the dirt that are part of printmaking, but I like the creativity the process brings about.
I often use my own handmade paper for my printmaking, and I love how the unique characteristics of the paper influence the final print. I am also a gardener, and this is perhaps why I like to use images that appear in nature in my artwork (and in some ways my art is an extension of my gardening).
3 Lagattuta, Jo
As an art therapist, I am constantly in touch with the art of healing. Because I believe in the power of art to "concretize" personal changes I tend to use art for my own therapy and as a way to process "my stuff." In so doing, I hope the healing qualities that may be exhibited in my art will influence the viewer to find solace in the art piece.
3 Salinas, Ashley
I enjoy creating art from life. I feel that we are the sum of our experiences and that each moment is an opportunity to become something more. I think we should cherish the mundane, the every day, and the daily routines as they are the root of our personality, the fundamental base of who we are, and which contain the most comfortable moments of our lives.
Aside from subject matter I like to blur the border of media. I felt I had reached a peak in my drypoint line drawings. I have always been drawn to charcoal; the softness of the tone; the fragility of the medium. At any moment the marks could be blown or rubbed off the paper. I felt it would be a great achievement to create a reproducible print which captured the very essence of charcoal. Working with hand tools only using roulettes, sandpaper, a drypoint needle, and a scraper/burnisher I have successfully achieved my goal and feel that I have much more to learn.
3 Savage, Cathy
I dabble in a little of everything, but when it comes down to it, I am most passionate about printmaking. I'm interested in textures and layers and enjoy combining printmaking techniques to achieve end results. My favorite part of printmaking is creating the matrix--I love trying to figure out how the image in my mind's eye can be created in print. Collagraphs are my favorite technique. Once I get started building a plate, I have a hard time walking away from my studio for necessities like food and sleep. It's like putting together a puzzle--it's very hard to step away when the pieces just seem to be fitting!
My work is a reflection of my life and interests. I'm a mother of two and my experience as a parent is a common theme. I also have a thing for Central Texas' nastiest bird--the grackle, and they pop up everywhere. I've developed an affinity for mathematical and scientific subject matters as a by-product of my obsession with Nikola Tesla. One thing is for sure, my work is either a hand pulled print, or a collage using my hand pulled prints.
3 Small, Catherine
My latest series of paintings and hand-pulled prints "The Other Side of Girl" shines a quiet spotlight on the awkward age during transition from childhood to adulthood. While this may seem a carefree and uninhibited time, our modern culture often unfairly burdens one with doubts about self-worth, how to act, body image and sexuality. The works explore, with compassion and sometimes a bit of humor, how we process these learned insecurities.
I enjoy blending narrative and portraiture (and sometimes a bit of humor) into my paintings and prints. My style is influenced by the German Expressionists and the American Social Realists.
1 Wade Leslie, Melanie
Melanie Wade Leslie is an experimental media artist and printmaker with an affinity for color and texture. Her work embodies the historically iconic and metaphorically rich and expressive imagery of the horse. Her focus is not necessarily upon the physical aspect of individual breeds, but upon the unique and universal attributes of legendary equus and its dialog with the human spirit.
7/6/2009 - 8/28/2009
Walkers' Gallery San Marcos
Chair: Jo Lagattuta
The deadline for this event (6/26/2009) has passed.