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Nexus in Texas 2012
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.
2 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.
4 Barfield, Karla
No doubt my passion for art arrived at a very young age while tromping through the woods in rural Mississippi. Every pod, seed, leaf or root would catch my attention and I immediately found beauty in what most would overlook as decay. Having pursued a career in graphic design I eventually abandoned my passion to explore and draw those interesting shapes cast off by it’s maker. It's been just recently that I have rediscovered those lost beauties and once again I find myself studying those odd shapes and how they lurk just beneath us as if to say, “Here I am”.
Printmaking, once studied long ago in art school and recently revisited, has revived my interest in documenting these oddities. Having studied this past fall in Italy the method of solar plate etching and monotype, I am currently working on a series of pieces called “Conversations”. This series is inspired by nature and illustrates the contrast of nature and habit and how these two things coincide to create the diverse and many ways we communicate.
3 Betts, Sylvia
The art I make is inspired by the lines, textures, feeling and forms of the natural world. I am a printmaker, painter, jewelry maker, work with mixed-media on paper and am learning ceramics. The fun has been to learn how each discipline informs the others...inspiring efforts to push and combine the various materials.
I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas.
4 Bledsoe, Marti
Through my monoprints I hope to create a moment of reflection on the rhythms and beauties of nature, the world and our relationship with it, that often go unnoticed in our lives. In my studio I use the Reductive Ink monoprint process that I learned by studying with D. Michael Coffee. It is unique, in that one can use a combination of painting, drawing, and printmaking techniques. It results in a one of a kind hand pressed image.
When I am working in my studio I try to respond intuitively both to my Inner spirit and to the natural world. The reductive ink process really allows this to happen for me. Through inner reflection I am free to be in the moment and have an honest connection with the subject or a central motif. I let the spontaneity of the moment direct the work with very little idea of where it will end up. I find this is a place or process where I can play and explore without judgment. I keep in mind the complexity and repetitious shapes, lines, and movement that are happening and enjoy layering images and colors in the ongoing process. When working in black and white, I enjoy the richness and possibilities of contrasting tonality. Making art this way then becomes an outcome not just a result.
4 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.
3 Chambers, Judy
Living out in the country has been a major influence on my present work, and of late, the recent drought here in Texas and what it has done to our pond has been the major source in these recent works. Our pond has dried up twice this summer. The first time it dried up was the most devastating as we lost all our fish, frogs, turtles and many more organisms that help sustain life around the pond. The many birds, reptiles, and animals that frequent the pond have had their lives severely altered. As of now, after a recent rain a few weeks ago, we have water again but it will take years to form the ecosystem that existed before the drought.
In other works, the content is about the cycle of life, a kind of eternal dance that not only starts and ends and repeats, but leaves echoes that remain for a time. The images and diagrams of the moon are the most prominent recurring objects in my work and represent for me the cycles of the seasons and the renewal of life. Other recurring images are shells that leave the negative imprint of the living matter they once contained, spiral galaxies that suggest creation, evolution, and the gravitational pull into the center and the unknown, and additional visual parallels for the cyclic nature of birth, death, and regeneration such as plants, bees, and microscopic organisms.
4 Crawford, Cathie
My color reduction woodcuts celebrate the extraordinary moments of my life: Bliss of Being. I strive to capture the truth and beauty of my subjects. Some images deal with a particular feeling or emotion I have toward my immediate environment. Resonant Reflections II is a close up view of the reflections in my small water garden. Fenêtre sur les Trois Pucelles is the velux view from my studio window when I lived in Pariset, France.
My travels have inspired several prints. A brief encounter with a Bedouin woman in Jordan with facial tattoos was the impetus for Jamal Al Hickma (the beauty of wisdom). A trip to Thailand and an interest in Buddhism as well as contemporary Theology evolved into Sab pan yu.
3 Green, Stephanie
Throughout my schooling and career, I have been interested in how the parts work together to create the whole. As a printmaker, the processes alone fulfill this constant need to build, whether assembling stencils or building onto plates. Combined with my imagery pulled from family traditions of quilting, I hope to create a body of work that inspires an appreciation of feminine and feminist representations in art and art-making.
3 Gritte, Sheila
Nature provides an ever-changing and fascinating subject for my artwork. The myriad colors displayed by nature and its creatures inspire me to create art in the attempt to evoke in the viewer the same emotional response it creates in me; feelings from peace and a sense of wonder to excitement, even exhilaration, based on the coloration of foliage and flowers. My garden is a large part of my world and it is filled with color, shapes, and textures which changes from season to season; I have only to step outside my house to discover an idea for my next print. The wonder that comes from planting a seed and tending it from sprout to blossom is almost indescribable. It is a journey, much like creating art, as it is full of possibilities and an uncertain outcome. What adversities must be overcome; will it thrive and meet its full potential? It is with the intent of sharing this excitement and joy that I create my artwork.
1 Guerrero, Antonio
Fundamentally, my creative process is about transformative sexual energy but I am not interested in showing the explicit but the implicit.When I start a composition,I start with the explicit to take me to different things.My traing is en the school of painting, the school in which I am continually developing my work.Maybe because of that in my work, the painting has a trace of the explicit in its trajectory.
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.
3 Hicks, Candace
I have collected coincidences for ten years. It started with reading two books in a row that both included the phrase “antique dental instrument.” That was not the first coincidence I ever noticed in my reading, but after that I made a commitment to keep a record. The phrase might have been the profound masquerading as the mundane. As it turned out, “antique dental instrument” has not held any special meaning in my life or my art. Neither have any of the coincidental phrases that followed, such as “stuffed mountain lion” or “black currant lozenge,” but the act of noticing them became the lens through which I filter the world and my experiences.
Taking note of coincidences is akin to the kind of observation a landscape or portrait artist practices. My observations take the form of hand-stitched texts that I call Common Threads. Sewing every line, letter, and illustration in the books enhance their status as objects. As a reader, I naturally gravitate toward creating books and printing. By laboring over a dime store composition book, painstakingly recreating it by hand, I have found a way to express the insignificant as potentially philosophical.
3 Hubler, Olivette
Olivette graduated from the University of Oklahoma with
a degree in Painting. After graduation she worked for Hallmark
Cards as a designer. She was hired as a silk screen artist for
Edition Domberger Seibdruck in Stuttgart, Germany for two years.
Her design firm Olivette Hubler Graphics Inc. created mail order
catalogues for such companies as Neiman Marcus, The Horchow Collection and The Smithsonian Institution. Olivette has simultaneously practiced painting, printmaking and photography in tandem with her commercial career.
In 2000 she began devoting full time fine art. A seasoned plein air painter, Olivette has traveled extensively through the southwest, and
Europe. She enjoys drawing and painting figurative subjects as well as landscapes.
Olivette has studied printmaking with Larry Scholder and Peter Ligon at SMU. Their introduction to the techniques of etching, in particular the “drawing” aspect of dry point and soft ground etching brings together her life long devotion to life drawing and nature studies in this fascinating art form.
Currently she maintains a studio at her home and enjoys working as a teacher both with adults and especially with young artists.
1 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.
3 Levy, Caryl
Caryl is the former Director of Research and Special Projects at the Roski School of Fine Art at the University of Southern California where she has taught and directed both undergraduate and graduate coursework in the field of public art for over 15 years. Her private practice as a public art professional and studio artist have led to projects of national and international award recognition. With past public art lighting and video installation projects in Singapore, Coventry England, New Orleans and Montreal – her recent “Sonic Wall installation near Philadelphia has garnered the National Award of Merit from the American Illuminating Engineering Society. Caryl’s studio practice has recently focused upon her background in painting and printmaking in Chinatown - her new downtown Los Angeles location. This new body of work is patronized by national and international corporate sponsors as well as presented in group exhibitions by Los Angeles galleries and the Santa Monica Museum of Art’s “Incognito” 2012.
4 Martinez, Betty
I have been working on the theme of Eve and the fall of man as well as other Biblical themes and stories from mythology. My medium is printmaking, both intaglio and linocut. I am a member of the LA Printmaker's Society and the San Diego Book Arts Assn. and my work has been in exhibits both nationall and internationally.
4 McClellan, Eileen
I enjoy the interplay and the juxtaposition of both images and thought. I am intrigued by ever-present unanswered questions and the story that this arrangement implies.
My etchings explore a dialog with a missing person. The enigma (bird) has become the empty chair - a symbol of loss.
A more playful imagery can be seen in my linocuts. They come from a variety of sketches and often they offer a combination of non sequiturs that can be both amusing and puzzling.
4 McGhee, Kathy
In my work, I have been interested in exploring social interactions and activities as well as self-realizations, and calling into question ideas and associations regarding our interaction with the world, each other, and how we perceive ourselves. My own background, as an individual raised in rural Ohio, has greatly influenced the manner in which I have depicted these ideas - I frequently use images of animals, the occasional household item, landscape and other natural elements. By doing these explorations indirectly through the use of these objects/characters and allowing them to interact in a tableau having the feeling of being a frozen moment from a story, I find that I am able to create meaningful interactions between viewers and the works. The characters I have been selecting and incorporating in my prints have inherently carried many associations since they are tied to nature, landscape, and situations that may be encountered there. I have found that even the visual textures created in some of my photogravure works become relics of the imagination. The significance of this and what it means in regard to how we think, perceive ourselves, and how we interact with others is of great interest to me.
2 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 oneï¿½s placement.
4 Miron-Wapner, Edna
Born in Israel in 1948, Edna was brought up and educated in Montreal. She returned to her family's Israeli roots in 1977 and settled in Jerusalem. She has lived there since, apart for five-year sojourn in California.
As an artist with specialties in Printmaking, Sumi-e Painting, Calligraphy, and Papermaking, she has exhibited her work over the past thirty years in museums and galleries in the US, Israel, Russia and Japan. Her own approach to her art is a spiritual one facilitated through meditation followed by spontaneous creation.
As an Expressive Arts Therapist and Educator, she created a course called "Expressive Kavannah" which uses an intermodal model to explore Jewish identity through the arts. She is the founder of two studios in Jerusalem, the first Studio Spiral, a unique Children's Creativity Center and secondly, Studio Indigo, an Adult Expressive Arts Center.
She has been artist in residence and therapist/educator at institutes, schools and communities in the U.S, Israel and Great Britain.
4 Nawrocki, Thomas
Every composition reveals, by its unique strength, how it would resolve itself as it follows the tendencies of its internal forces. I am interpreting nature in its purest, abstract state - constructing a rhythm of pictorial lyricism utilizing land and sky forms as my inspiration. I place great emphasis on edge and the interrelationship of form and value in maintaining a harmony of visual balance. No object may be viewed in isolation, but absorbs its surroundings, just as it contributes to the total composition. The 16 gage mezzotint plate is the surface upon which burnished shapes and engraved - drypoint lines are incised. Dark brown and cadmium red-dark etching ink was used on German Copperplate Deluxe paper to create the imagery. For me the mezzotint alone holds the potential of lush deep low key values and soft sensitive middle tones.
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.
4 Smithers, Patty
I feel my art making is a work in progress. My "artistic voice” has not been found, but I feel I am at least practicing my vocal chords. I am inspired by nature with her many textures and layers. Many of my pieces seem to incorporate layers and textures. I find the colors, patterns and shapes created by many layers appealing. At times, my work involves contrasts. One of my latest pieces involves the theme of achieving balance in my life.
My primary medium is printmaking. I feel this medium allows for a high degree of experimentation and play. Collograph and solar etching are the two techniques I use most frequently. I love the instant gratification they provide. I also enjoy creating mixed media art incorporating acrylics, collage, printmaking and found objects. I feel I am on the right path as long as I am creating, regardless of the medium or technique. Creating brings me peace and a sense of self worth. Hopefully, I will eventually find my "voice” and sing a melody that resonates from my soul.
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.
7/7/2012 - 8/18/2012
Live Oak Center, Columbus, Texas
Chair: Carol Hayman
Co-Chair: Amy Guadagnoli
The deadline for this event (3/15/2012) has passed.