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2011: Under Pressure
1 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 Bond Zelazny, Theresa
I am the founder and director of the Mobile Art Program, a 501(c)3organization. With a staff of two part-time instructors we go into nursing homes and senior day care centers to teach drawing, painting and ceramics to the elderly and disabled adults. Working with this population has inspired me to be more fluid in my own art. We usually only have 1 - 1.5 hours to create works of art so they have to be spontaneous. I am working on incorporating that spontaneity in my prints. "Beneath the Blue" was a print in which I allowed accidents and quick decisions to determine the outcome of the image. The only element that is specific in design is the octopus.
Please visit www.mobileartprogram.org for more information regarding the outreach program.
1 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.
4 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.
6 Hubner, Lynne
I grew up in New York State in the Hudson Valley, but have called Texas my home for the past 20 years. I love road trips, history and science. The older I get the more I find myself drawn to peoples stories and finding out what makes a place special the answer usually is the people. Give me a stretch of road, my camera and by evening I'll return with the life story of a stranger I've met along the way. I had the honor and pleasure to study printmaking with John Ross as an undergrad at Manhattanville College. My interest in printing and a business relocation brought my husband and I to Texas and the Graduate Print Studio Lab at the University of North Texas under Judy Youngbood and Don Skaggs. Although I enjoy multiple forms of printmaking I relish the hands on quality of the relief print. I am always looking for non toxic methods to share with my students young and old at my studio in McKinney ,TX.
0 Hulbert, Carolyn
My work is a constant search of knowledge, both personal and external. I concentrate on the consideration of life, time and space. My work synthesizes mythology and reality into dynamic environments in which spaces expand and contract unexpectedly. Using energetic patterns and lines, I create planes intertwined with people and animals creating an exuberant narrative. Recently I extended my interest into natural motifs in a series of mountain and forest landscapes, in which a principle moment appears frozen. Challenging the notions of time and sequence, in which the viewer completes the narrative.
4 Kimball, Carolyn
I create dreamy, layered landscapes that evoke the history and memory of place. My recent work is based on travels in the Middle East, where competing historical narratives and cultural memories shape modern life. These works portray a shared landscape, repeatedly divided, and the beauty of a land we only hear about in terms of blood shed. Beneath the divisions of religion, culture or nationality we construct, lies the common human experience.
3 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.
1 McInerney, Amanda
My current body of work is based on diseased tissue of the heart, lung and liver tissues. I use this imagery to explore the negative and positive aspects of mutation at a cellular lever, and how it is both destructive and innovative. I break the imagery down into simple, formal, fundamental shapes to create cellular elements which become the tools of my drawing practice. With the development of electron microscopy, I imagine to possess the same filter when choosing the color and composition of my prints. I attach lighting elements to create the experience of looking though a microscope and to add life to the produced tissue samples. Depending on what emotion I want to represent, the imagery will either be a simple composition to emphasize the basic organic growth of life or a very chaotic scene to display stress and tension. I use repetition to give an identity to the cells and the importance of each one�s placement.
5 Moores, Emily
While the word spirituality often connotes thoughts of inspiration, in actuality it is not necessarily always positive and uplifting, nor does it necessarily require one to spend hours alone in solitude. Spiritual awareness does depend on an interaction with the physical world, and is a process of questioning and understanding what exists around us. Through their lack of specificity, my current drawings question the environments that surround us. Not only is the physical world relevant, but necessary in developing a spiritual awareness. I begin making my drawings with references of real spaces. As I work, I take away many of the concrete elements that link the image to the actual place. These images have simple compositions mixed with a feeling of tension. I find that a feeling of emptiness creates tension and questions how the space operates. These questions are what I find to be the crucial part of developing a sense of spiritual awareness.
0 Peck, Junanne
Pecks etchings explore the expressions of the various roles that women portray. The mystery, the glamour and the spirit of the female consciousness. Symbols of patience, nurturer and healer celebrating the mystical nature of the feminine spirit.
Most of my art career, I have spent painting. I was introduced to the printing process at Flatbed Press in Austin, Texas. I was taken in by the simplicity of the lines and the clarity of the images. I fell in love with the process or what I call the ritual. The dance between the artist, the copper plate and the flatbed press.
Most of my Etchings are created on recycled copper. Some pieces have scratches and impurities before I start but this just adds a uniqueness of working with recycled materials.
Growing up in the desert of New Mexico, I thought everyone was an artist. I was always exposed to local art and artists that came to New Mexico to study. Art is the vehicle I use to express the images that spring from my dreams and meditation, creating strength and health which can be drawn upon to bring greater happiness and contentment to our lives. Through my art, I am constantly trying to tap those hidden resources and communicate to the viewer of my work some of those feelings of joy and expansion.
1 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.
0 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.
4 Tankersley, Kelly
I view my work as a collaboration with nature. I make handmade paper with plant materials from my garden. My photographs are also mainly taken in my garden or on hikes. I am fascinated with symbols and intricate patterns that, to me, give glimpses and insights into to the great mysteries of life.
3/12/2011 - 3/26/2011
Pump Project Art Gallery
The deadline for this event (2/19/2011) has passed.