DESTIG ISTANBUL | TRAVEL TO ART | ISSUE 08 / JULY 2020
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DESTIG Table of contents
10 Welcome to Turkey 30 20 Turkish Artists 42 Design Hot Picks 54 Introduction
56 Patrick Roth
66 Pam Caughey 76 Jing Zhao 86 Feleksan Onar 90 Darcy J. Sears 100 Andrzej Michael 108 Margaret Drake 119 Michela Cattai 120 Angell by Ora Ito 122 Nathan Sandberg
132 Louise Durham 142 InsidherLand 144 Nikola Levinets Park 146 Pamela Axelson 154 Bonnie Hinz 162 Marvin Lipofsky 166 Karen Olsen-Dunn
Welcome to D8 2020 has been an intense year so far, lets hope things improve in the second half of this year. We invite you to escape with us for a while - to a place of serenity, beauty and insight. We bring you art that is healing, art that elevates the mind, art that asks questions of all us. We take you on an enchanting journey to the lands of Turkey and explore incredible San Francisco. And as always - we bring you design that makes you just want to renovate your home. Enjoy and forget 2020 for a while! - Mike Walters (Editor in Chief) 006
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268 J. Kimo Williams 270 Bjorn Norgaard 274 Michele Koutris 282 Cynthia Richardson 290 Rebecca Horne 298 Vlastimil Beranek 306 Leclercq Associes
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WELCOME TO TURKEY EXPLORE AN ENCHANTING LAND THAT NOURISHES THE SOUL.
There are probably a million and one ways to fill your
of antiquity and contemporary, and of East and West.
holiday with incredible things to see in Turkey. Where can you start? Experience the vacation of a
Turkey is one of the fastest growing tourism
lifetime by mixing natural attractions, Unesco sites,
destinations in the world, a truly fascinating country,
blue flag beaches and marinas, modern museums and
culturally and historically, a great place to visit.
art galleries, great tourist attractions, all in one visit.
Beautiful beaches, outdoor activities, great natural
wonders, boat voyage tours, historical and religious
The history of Turkey tells of a 10.000 year old
sites, shopping and pampering, entertainment and
civilisation, a historical timeline of prehistoric times,
nightlife, world heritage sites and more. Turkey is
Anatolian civilisations, Roman period, Seljuk Empire,
diverse, and offers fantastic experiences to visitors.
Ottoman Empire and the modern Turkish Republic.
Full of relaxing moments and delightful memories.
Turkey's is a vast country with a dramatic landscape.
Treat yourself to time at a luxury Turkish spa hotel,
It's world-renowned untouched nature and distinct
join the blue voyage on the traditional wooden Gulets,
geography includes breathtaking natural beauties,
taste unique Turkish food flavours, journey to the
unique landscapes and plants, rich lush green forests,
heart of Turkey's wildlife, follow your city passions, or
turquoise coasts and beautiful pristine beaches.
plan your romantic holiday under the shining sun.
This is an enchanting land that nourishes the soul.
Turkey is a modern country with a captivating blend
Turkish lifestyle is a vivid mosaic, juxtaposing the West and the East, the modern and the ancient. Life in Turkey is a rich variety of cultures and traditions, some dating back centuries and others of more recent heritage. Any visitor to Turkey will find a great deal that is exotic, and much that is reassuringly familiar. The surprising blend of East and West makes up the Turkish lifestyle. Turkish culinary culture is renowned as one of the world's best. It is considered to be one of the three main cuisines of the world because of the variety of its recipes and flavours. Fresh and healthy, local and seasonal produce are at the heart of Turkish cooking culture. Turkish people are passionate about food; indeed, Turkish cuisine is world-renowned for its diversity and flavour, drawing influences from all corners of the former Ottoman Empire, and each region of the country boasting its own specialities. Turkish culture is unique in the world. Turkey may be the only country that contains every extreme of Eastern and Western culture. Come and discover the harmony in diversity. Turkish culture reflects this unparalleled historical richness and diversity, and remains mostly shaped by its deep roots in the Middle East, Anatolia and the Balkans, the cradle of many civilizations for at least twelve thousand years. Turkey has a Mediterranean climate with plenty of sunshine, mild temperatures and a limited amount of rainfall. It is said that all of the four seasons exist in Turkey. The Summer (June, July, August) is the busiest season for visiting Turkey to experience warm summer temperatures, sea and pool swimming, sun bathing, seaside restaurants and rich nightlife. Spring (March, April, May) is a great time to visit Turkey to experience its beautiful natural lands, local life, mild temperatures and smaller crowds of tourists. Autumn (September, October, November) is just perfect for visiting to discover and explore historical sites, local life and unique vegetation changes, all in comfortable temperatures. Winter (December, January, February) is one of the best times to visit Turkey, to experience authentic local life, skiing and other winter sports.
Turkey has 81 main cities. From these you can plan your trip to iconic destinations. Every city has some unique characteristics, attractions and festivals. Turkey is a country of great diversity, in terms of both culture and economics. Big Turkish cities usually enjoy a more modern, western style culture and a wide array of economical options. Here are some of the main cities: Istanbul, the city of the past, the present and the future. Istanbul not only joins continents, it also joins cultures and people. Close your eyes, imagine yourself back in time, centuries ago. Istanbul is one of the most visited and soul nourishing places in the world. Antalya, the paradise on earth, the pearl city of the Mediterranean, and the Turkish Riviera. Within the wide boundaries of Antalya there is history, natural beauty and a rich variety of local lifestyles to be discovered. Izmir, the frontier and beautiful sunshine city of Turkey. Izmir city, with its 8,500 years of history, is gloriously situated on the western edge of Turkey. Nicknamed the bountiful, the fruitful and the beautiful. Izmir offers visitors many options for a unique holiday. Ankara, the beating heart of Turkey which bears the footprints of many civilizations. Ankara is the capital of Turkey and itself a historic, beautiful city. From its surrounding lakes to chilled atmosphere, Ankara is just there waiting to be discovered by you. Bursa is like an open air museum, one of the capital cities of the Ottoman Empire, it stands as a reflection of history from the early periods of the Ottoman times. Balikesir, which is called Ida in Homer's Iliad, is also a charming city that presents the best characteristics of Turkey's Marmara and Aegean regions. Balikesir is often at the top of holiday destination lists for those that are informed, and for good reason too. Konya, the stunning city of hearts and whirling spiritual dervishes. Located on the ancient Silk Road, Konya is one of the oldest and finest cities in Turkey.
SEA, SAND AND SUN... MEMORABLE SUMMERS IN COASTAL TURKEY. When you think of sea, sand and sun, you should think of Turkey. Popular beaches, traditional villages, hospitable locals and nice fragrant flavours welcome you to the most beautiful summer holidays. Enjoy various tones of cool turquoise, silky sand, golden sun and blue flag beaches. Time to surround yourself with unlimited blue? THE TURQUOISE COAST Turkey has one of the longest coastlines of any country on the Mediterranean, and the stretch from Cesme to Alanya is bordered by such clear, picturesque waters that it is known as the Turkish Turquoise Coast. THE MEDITERRANEAN COAST Antalya is the largest city on the Mediterranean with its charming harbour. Known as the Turkish Riviera, it is the most stunning part of Turkey's Mediterranean coast with its perfect sun, endless clean beaches, ultra luxury resorts, surrounding nature and history. Turkey's serene Eastern Mediterranean shore is made up of some of the Mediterranean's least well-known shores and of inlets that have yet to be discovered. THE BLACK SEA COAST The Black Sea coast of Turkey is famous for its lush green forests, traditional wooden houses, extraordinary plateaus, and of course... untouched beautiful beaches. THE SOUTH AEGEAN COAST Situated on a peninsula, Bodrum is one of the chicest of resorts in Turkey. Celebs from east and west visit and
coastline, olive groves, pine forests, friendly locals,
enjoy historical architecture, sublime beaches, fishing
wonderful fresh foods and delicious local wines, that are
villages and trendy nightclubs. Fethiye is one of the best
comparable with the greatest European vineyards.
coastal areas in Turkey. There are numerous lovely bays
and coves for mooring and relaxing in this area. Dalyan
THE NORTH AEGEAN COAST
is a small town on the south western coast of Turkey.
The North Aegean coast of Turkey is beautiful, historic
Dalyan is on a river delta, its narrow waterways,
and agriculturally rich. It also offers long stretches of
surrounded by reed beds, also perfect for a relaxed
lovely, sandy, child friendly beaches surrounded by pine
family holiday. The Loryma Peninsula offers a beautiful
and olive clad hills.
TURKEY'S BEST SECLUDED BEACHES Unspoilt, deserted beaches with perfect blue skies, scorching sunshine and azure coloured calm seas... from hidden bays to pristine secluded coves. If you are looking for a quiet escape, check out these 10 secluded beaches.
Cirali: If you want a charming, relaxed,
Sarigerme: A large sandy beach; scenic
Kabak: The perfect place to escape
and romantic atmosphere, Cirali is the
and very spacious. Surrounded by pine
package holiday groups. Most visitors
best beach for you. It is secluded and
forests and facing a long stretch of
come here to chill out in one of the
tranquil, backed by a forest, filled with
clean sea. Its soft fine sand makes it a
many wooden huts and bungalows. Set
very special destination for families
in the pine forested valley and offering
with children of all ages.
a mix of both sand and pebble beaches.
magical mix of pine forests and golden
The Butterfly Valley: Turkey's most
Assos: The old town and ancient city
sandy beach. This secret of a beach is
photogenic beach is Butterfly Valley.
occupy a rocky peak, with stunning
famous for its superb swimming
Thousands of butterflies live in the
views of the Aegean and Greece
opportunities and natural beauty.
trees behind the beach. The exclusive
beyond, its harbour is one of the most
destination offers just a handful of
picturesque to be found anywhere on
treehouses in which to rest your head.
the Aegean coast.
never crowded beaches, because the
Foca: Popular with Turkish holiday-
Palamutbuku: This untouched cove is
Black Sea water is usually pretty cold.
makers living in nearby Izmir city. Its
just far out into the South Aegean and
historic sites include a Genoese castle
is awash with almond trees, olives and
Inkumu: On the Black Sea coast. with a
and a small ancient theatre. The resort
wild flowers. The water is clean and
vista consisting of green pine forests,
is split into two bays with beaches in
cool, and the sea is like turquoise silk
hot white sand and bright blue seas.
abundance on both sides.
linen, a place for pleasant days.
Phaselis: An ancient city, which has a
Sinop: Many fascinating things to see, and the beaches are small. Nice and
GAZIANTEP - A WORLD CITY OF CUISINEÂ In 2015, Turkey's southeastern province of Gaziantep was added to a most exclusive list by UNESCO. The title of Creative City of Gastronomy recognises Gaziantep's unique, long and vibrant gastronomic history. Gaziantep stands out as one of the world's major gastronomic cities. It is not just history, it is a vibrant food and drink culture. Gaziantep cuisine is very rich, ranging from kebabs, meat dishes, dishes with yoghurt, olive oil dishes, cold desserts, pilafs, vegetable dishes, meatballs, pastries, salads, and stuffed vegetables to healing soups. The beverage culture is one of the rich experiences to observe. Drinks here are made with love and a flourish. Gaziantep is one of only eight cities in the world that have been added to UNESCO's global gastronomy list. The cuisine of Gaziantep is acknowledged to be the richest in Turkey; visitors will savour its unique fusion of Anatolian, Mediterranean, European and Middle Eastern tastes. The true strength of Gaziantep's cooking tradition comes from the fertile lands of the surrounding region. Cooking is an art in Gaziantep; if you come to this city then you will taste visual art as you witness the endless creativity of many exceptionally talented Chefs engaged in what can simply be termed Culinary Artistry. 020
CONNECT WITH ANCIENT HISTORY Throughout its long history spanning over 10,000 years Anatolia, the land that is now Turkey has been the birthplace of many great civilisations and empires all of which have left their mark in monumental ways.
Gain memories of a lifetime as you lose yourself in the ancient cities and sites of Turkey, which include the cities of Ephesus, Aspendos, Perge, Hierapolis, Aphrodisias, Gobeklitepe, Hattusas, Catalhoyuk, Assos, Troy, Ani, Demre (Myra), Side and the Aizanoi Ancient City. Where else in the world can one experience so many sites in safety and comfort? There are innumerable antique cities and ancient ruins in Turkey for the lovers and fans of archaeology. You can immerse yourself in a rich heritage that extends from the neolithic period when people started farming to the classical period to magnificent middle-age cities. From the Neolithic site of Catalhoyuk to well preserved ancient Greek and Roman ruins, to Byzantine churches and Ottoman mosques, the layers of history in Turkey has myriad architectural, archaeological and religious legacies. The Aegean Region: The ancient and antique cities of Aizanoi, Amos, Anavarza, Aphrodisias, Blaundos, Ephesus, Erythrai, Hierapolis, Kaunos, Kolophon and Notion, Knidos, Lagina Hekate, Laodicea, Letoon, Miletos, Musgebi, Pedesa, Pergamon, Phokaia, Sardis, Stratonikeia, Telmessos, Telmissos, Teos, Tlos, and Tripolis. The Mediterranean Region: The ancient and antique cities of Side, Antiphellos, Aspendos, Chimera, Daglik, Demre (Myra), Etenna, Kekova, Kibyra, Limyra, Olba, Olympos, Patara, Perge, Phaselis, Sagalassos, Seleukeia, Selge, Selinus, Termessos, and Xanthos. The Marmara Region: Assos Antique City, Troy Ancient City. The Central Anatolia Region: Alacahoyuk Archaeological Site, Astra Antique City, Cappadocia Underground Cities, Catalhoyuk Neolithic, Hattusha Ancient City, Karahoyuk Antique City, Kilistra Antique City. The Eastern and Southeastern Anatolia Region: Ani Ruins, Arsameia Ruins, Dara Mesopotamia Ruins, The Gobeklitepe Temple Site, Zeugma Archaeological Site. 022
THE BEST MUSEUMS IN TURKEY A great number of museums in Turkey display the
Here is a list of the best Museums in Turkey:
historical artifacts unearthed by excavations carried out
Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul
throughout the lands of Anatolia; a region that has been
Hagia Sophia Museum, Istanbul
home to various civilizations for thousands of years.
Mevlana Museum, Konya Istanbul Archaeological Museum, Istanbul
Turkey has many private and state museum directorates
Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, Ankara
attached to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Zeugma
Zeugma Mosaic Museum, Gaziantep
Mosaic Museum in Gaziantep, Antalya Archaeology
Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, Istanbul
Museum, Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Ankara,
Antalya Archaeological Museum, Antalya
Istanbul Archaeological Museum and Topkapi Palace
Gobeklitepe Museum,Â Sanliurfa
Museum in Istanbul are some of the most popular
Goreme Open Air Museum, Nevsehir
museums in Turkey.
Rahmi Koc Museum, Istanbul Sakip Sabanci Museum, Istanbul Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul Pera Museum, Istanbul Rezan Has Museum, Istanbul Santral Istanbul Energy & Arts Museum, Istanbul Cengelhan Rahmi Koc Museum, Ankara Baksi Museum, Bayburt Suna Inan Kirac Kaleici Museum, Antalya Sakip Sabanci City Museum, Mardin
DESTIG DOES TURKEY
HISTORICAL MONUMENTS Turkey has been part of human civilization since classical times and has numerous ancient sites. Turkey; such an exotic country, the meeting point of various civilizations, has always been a vital link between East and West. This of course created a country with breathtaking historical monuments and ruins. Some of the most famous historical towers and monuments include: Ani Ancient Ruins, Anitkabir Ruins, Aspendos Theatre, Basilica Cistern, Beyazit Tower,
Binbirdirek Cistern, Canakkale Clock Tower, Catalhoyuk, Dolmabahce Clock Tower, Doner Kumbet, Eflatunpinar, Ephesus, Fasillar, Fish Lake, Fountain of Ahmet III, Galata Bridge, Gallipoli, Galata Tower, Gobeklitepe Temple,
The lands of Turkey host major aspects of our shared history.
Hadrian's Gate, Hasankeyf Ruins, Hattusha,
The former capital of Istanbul is the only city in the world to
The Halicarnassos Mausoleum, Haydarpasa
span two continents, the country also features the historic city
Railway Station, Hippodrome and Monuments,
of Troy and many battlefields of the Crusades. Of course, this
Imrahor Monument, Ishak Pasha Palace, Izmir
vast history has left behind a number of historical and religious
Clock Tower, The Monument of Liberty,
monuments for tourists to discover and visit.
Monument of the Republic, Maiden's Tower, Nemrut and Karakus Tumulus, Obelisk of
Turkey has a long history of religious buildings, with two of the
Tophane, The Trojan Horse, Valens Aqueduct,
best examples of Ottoman architecture found in cities of
Walled Obelisk, Yilanli Obelisk, Yildiz Tower.
Edirne and Istanbul. Some of the the best known religious monuments include: Akdamar Church, Central Izmir Synagogues, Divrigi Great Mosque, Eyup Mosque, Fatih Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Chora Museum, Kizil Church, Mevlana Tomb and Complex, Mihrimah Sultan Mosque, Osk Monastery, Rustem Pasha Mosque, Sokullu Mehmet
Mosque, Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Suleymaniye Mosque, Yeni Mosque, Zeyrek Mosque. 026
TURKISH COFFEE, 40 YEARS OF FRIENDSHIP Turkish coffee is the perfect way to finish off a good meal.
Turkish coffee derives its name from a specific preparation
When ordering, you specify whether you want it plain,
method; finely powdered roast coffee beans are boiled in a
with some sugar or very sweet and it is brewed with the
pot also known as cezve in Turkish and served in a cup
specified amount of sugar mixed in with the coffee
where the dregs settle. The most distinctive characteristic
is that only the flavour is consumed, not the grounds. Therefore, this beverage made from Arabica coffee is
A cup of Turkish coffee is remembered for 40 years. With its
healthier than most coffee types.
delicious foam and wonderful aroma, there is no drink quite like Turkish coffee. Served in small but delicious
Black Pearls: Coffee historians described the coffee beans
doses, both calorie and caffeine counts in a cup of Turkish
as black pearls and Turkish coffee has a flavour worthy of
coffee are moderate, meaning you can enjoy it more often.
this description. The fine grounds sink to the bottom of the cup and are not for drinking but used by fortune tellers to
Turkish coffee grounds, can be read to tell one's fortune. It
read the drinker's future. Coffee fortune telling was born
is the only coffee that can be used to predict the future.
out of Turkish coffee and is an inseparable part of the
The wonderful taste of Turkish coffee has been bringing
pleasure and conversation associated with coffee.
people together for centuries, inspiring countless works of art and having a profound influence on culture.
How to Serve: Turkish coffee is served in small cups. Usually, a glass of water and Turkish Delights are served
One of the traditions that should be fulfilled in Turkey is to
with Turkish coffee and they are generally consumed
see the preparation of Turkish coffee and surely taste it.
before drinking the coffee.
INTRODUCING 20 CONTEMPORARY
AYLAN TURAN Born in Hamburg in 1973, Ayla Turan began her art career after graduating from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. Addressing objects or persons from everyday life with a childlike approach, Turan aims to direct the viewer to look deeper into what they see and to read many topics regarding social problems. Turan has produced statues for public areas in Germany, France, Hungary, Israel, Latvia, South Korea, Dubai, Egypt, Italy, India, Syria, Burkina Faso, China, Sweden and Mexico. www.aylaturanart.com
ALI ELMACI Elmacı graduated from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts Faculty, Painting Department in 2010. He had three solo shows at x-ist, titled "Inheritance Passes From Father to Son" (2011), "Save Me With Your Fire" (2012), ''Kill Him Make Me Laugh'' (2014) and ''The Chair That Walked All Over People'' He has also been in several group exhibitions. Among the exhibitions are: Guy Hepner Gallery, New York, 2016 - Contemporary İstanbul, Isabel Croxatto Gallery - 2017 Blood Spoils the Dream, Art On İstanbul. www.alielmaci.com
REFIK ANADOL A media artist and director born in Istanbul in 1985. Currently based in L.A, California. He is a lecturer and visiting researcher at UCLA. He works in the field of sitespecific public art with parametric data sculpture approach and live audio/visual performance with immersive installation approach, his works explore the space among digital and physical entities by creating a hybrid relationship between architecture and media arts with machine intelligence. www.refikanadol.com
BEYZA BOYNUDELIK Born in Istanbul in 1975, she lives and works in Istanbul. She received her B.A. (1999) and M.F.A. (2003) from Painting Department, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul. Currently working on the P.H.D. thesis at the same university. Being an artist who has always worked with human issues, she continues to deal with urban life and its effects on the citizen; who has now great access to all the facilities to live a good life, yet insufficient to communicate with each other. www.beyzaboynudelik.com
ERDEM TAŞDELEN A Turkish-Canadian artist who currently lives and works in Toronto. His practice is rooted in conceptualism and involves a range of media including installation, video, sculpture, sound and artist books. His diverse projects bring structures of power into question within the context of culturally learned behaviours, where he often draws from unique historical narratives to address the complexities of current sociopolitical issues. Taşdelen's work has been shown in numerous exhibitions. www.erdemtasdelen.com
YONKA KARAKAŞ According to Karakaş, every knowledge acquired takes away all the freedom of the mind. A free mind loses its freedom completely due to dogmatic ideas acquired in time and never apprehends the process of losing. The biggest problem of a human being who is in the effort of existence is that he/she sets on the way without being aware of several walls, which will eventually surround them. Unfortunately, this human being confronts a single state of mind at the end of the road. Reality. www.yoncakarakas.tumblr.com
ARDAN ÖZMENOGLU Ardan Özmenoglu is a versatile Turkish contemporary artist who works in a wide range of mediums including large-scale glass sculptures, works on Post-It® notes and neon lighting. Since her first exhibition in 2006, her unique work has been featured in over forty exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad including Istanbul, Berlin and Croatia. She cleverly uses ubiquitous items, Post-It® notes, to create pieces of art that unite seemingly opposing ideas: www.ardanozmenoglu.net
BARIS GOKTURK A Turkish artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. He currently teaches at John Hopkins University, Pace University and Hunter College where he got his MFA in Painting. He is a recipient of the Tony Smith Award and Graf Travel Grant from Hunter College. He has shown his work internationally in the USA, Germany, Spain, France, Korea, Turkey and Puerto Rico. Baris recently was an ApexArt fellow in Seoul, Korea and at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. www.barisgokturk.com
BURÇAK BINGÖL Her works explore notions of belonging, cultural heritage, identity, decoration and failure by blurring the boundaries between these seemingly distinct notions. Through her labor-intensive creative process of tracing, copying and re-forming, she adopts an analytical approach to new configurations. The works created are psychological landscapes that hover between abstraction and representation, rejection and preservation that both embrace and disregard Eastern and Western traditions. www.burcakbingol.com
IPEK KOTAN "My work stems from a visceral need to create with my hands using the exteriors of my forms simple like a frame in which I bring out complex textures and colors so that together with the form they can radiate a calm and soothing energy. I was born and raised in Istanbul. Currently I’m based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. My work is represented in over 250 private art collections and in public collections in Germany, the Netherlands and Turkey." www.ipekkotan.com
CEYDA AYKAN Ceyda Aykan (b.1985) completed her MFA in the Painting and Drawing Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012 as a Fulbright Scholar. She completed her BFA in Painting at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul in 2009, during which she was awarded an Erasmus Grant to spend a year painting and printmaking at the University of Seville. Prior to her MFA she worked in London. Her work has been exhibited in Chicago, Seville, Istanbul, Miami, and New York. www.ceydaaykan.com
ESER AFACAN A native of Turkey now working as a painter in Canada. He moved to Canada in 2003 from Oslo, Norway, where he lived and worked for 25 years. Once, Eser applied to the Norwegian government asking to stay in prison for two years. This was so he could be left in peace to work. He also wanted to change criminals, to show them how progress in the inner-soul can be made through art. A lot of people have tried to do such a thing with religion as a tool. With Eser there would be no religion at all, only art. www.afacan.com
SELIN BALCI "I am an interdisciplinary artist. My projects merge traditional art practice with scientific materials and biological mediums such as mold spores. I create a synthetic ‘world’ in which I observe living organisms’ endless interactions, struggles, and conflicts across the picture surface. Forming borders, divisions, and edges; in my work, mold growth metaphorically represents human actions and motives. My work shows the temporal nature of living on earth by growing, changing and dying." www.selinbalci.com
BIRSEN OZBILGE Birsen Ozbilge was born in Ankara, Turkey, in 1970. Soon after, her family moved to Istanbul. After she graduated in 1987 from Kandilli Kiz Lisesi she joined Mimar Sinan, The Academy of Fine Arts in Istanbul, and graduated in Mastering Paintings with Mosaic and Fresco. After graduation she exhibited in several collective shows. In 1996 she had her first solo exhibition called "Pulp Art", in Sefahatane, Istanbul. In 1996 she moved to New York City, where she lived for seven years. www.birsenozbilge.com
BIRCE YILDIZ An Abstract Expressionist Turkish Artist. She was born in 1979 in Istanbul. The Essence of Substance, Movement, Variability, Mobility, Formation, The Universe, The Formation of The Order, Repeated Forms In Nature, Loop are the concepts that creates the general problematic of the paintings created by Birce Yıldız. "Art for me is an adventure, which is transformed into incarnation from the energy of motion in an eternal space ... A Mystical Pursuit." www.birceyildiz.com
NILHAN SESALAN Nilhan Sesalan whose works are in numerous collections, parks and museums around the world can be regarded as the representative of lyrical abstraction. The artist who also contributes to life with her designs and writings says in a poem: “I love my thoughts, the process in which they make me believe… when I am convinced they will not leave me. I transfer them to a material and I say ‘done’. With that energy, I can hold my breath longer and find power for life.” www.nilhansesalan.com
ŞÜKRAN MORAL One of the seminal performance artists in Turkey. Her work challenges the position of women in society, focusing in particular on violence against women or other underrepresented groups. Moral’s performances have often taken place in very diverse spaces, from brothels and hamams to mental hospitals, disrupting thus their normal function and turning them into discursive platforms for art. Şükran Moral lives and works in Istanbul and Rome. www.sukranmoral.com
ELMAS DENIZ A concept-driven visual artist. Her works investigate the intersections and points of entanglement between economics and nature. The capitalism-led deterioration of nature, and our perception of it, as well as the related consumerist culture, are the central concepts in Deniz’s practice. She questions how the economic system continuously reshapes our perception through subtle but consistent manipulations. Her works critically expose the faults of the system and propose alternative possibilities. www.elmasdeniz.com
AZIZE & AZIME ÖNLÜ "We are twins, in our mother's belly we waited together for adventure. Our first toys were each other so were never in need of dolls, we did not even want toys. We opened our eyes and grew in a perfect universe with mathematics and aesthetics. As such, our games, which started with each other, grew to include the most natural materials. The method we use in our work is an effort to justify the concept of “game”. Intimacy, unreality, sweet competition, intelligence, struggle, freedom, pleasure..." www.azizeazimeonlu.com
KEREM OZAN BAYRAKTAR Establishing physical and conceptual environments. Using digital visualizations, photographs, animations, models , everyday objects, texts and graphics, Bayraktar focuses on the behavior of natural and artificial systems, their occlusion points, boundaries, collapses, mutations, and how we make sense of them. These systems consist of organizations ranging from spontaneous urban plants to exoplanets, which are different in terms of content but have similar systemic principles. www.keremozanbayraktar.com
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"Glass is a wonderful, mysterious but also very difficult material to work with. It has this “fourth dimension”. When you are sculpting with glass you also sculpt with light and refractions. Glass can be very strong and massive but at the same time it´ll be very fragile and delicate. Same as me!”
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Patrick Roth, born 1976 in northeastern Bavaria.
a teacher at a glass school in Rheinbach (Germany) from
Classical educated in glass-cutting, Master of
2009-2016. In 2016 I quit my job to become a freelance
industries in glass working with a unique material for
artist building up my own studio in Bregenz (Austria) on
23 years now Freelance glass sculpteur, working in
the banks of the beautiful Lake Constance.
his own studio in Bregenz (Austria). “A thing is meaningful as long as it has to do with glass”
Why is your work unique? I don´t know if my work is unique, but I really don´t care
Tell us about yourself and your background.
about this! Most important for me is to be happy with the
Born and growing up in a traditional Bavarian glass
final expression of my work. Mostly I´m focused on
region right next to a glass factory, the material
sculptural casting techniques but frequently I'm drawing
became a part of my life from the very beginning.
on my Classical education in glass-cutting and engraving.
Finally I studied decorative art glass as a glass cutter
For the castings I really like special colors in glass, like
at school in Zwiesel (Germany). I'm also a master of
uranium and neodymium which change due to different
industry in glass, in 2009 after working as a workshop
light aspects. Another really special color I´m able to cast
manager for Lobmeyr in Vienna for 3 years, I became
is gold ruby red... one of the most difficult colors in glass! 057
Give us an idea about your process.
strong and massive but at the same time it
90% of my sculptures are created when I
is very fragile and delicate. Same as me!
am sleeping. The first thing I do when I
"You can´t work against the material so it's kind of a dialogue between the glass and me. We have to find the final compromise to be fine in both ways."
arrive at my studio is quick sketches so as
Tell us about some of your successes.
not to lose the ideas and the power of my
The biggest achievements for me as an
dreams. From this very point the whole
artist so far are having my works in
process starts. You can't work against the
several galleries in Europe (for example
material so it´s kind of a dialogue between
Gallery Sikabonyi in Vienna) and the USA
the glass and me. We have to find the final
(Gallery at Four India, Nantucket) along
compromise to be fine in both ways.
with some other great sculptors of our time like Michael Behrens, Peter Bremers
What is the biggest benefit of creating?
or Petr Stacho. But I´m also incredibly
Through the last years I figured out that
happy to have the opportunity to share
my biggest source is discontent about
my knowledge with young people through
something or someone, even with myself.
annual internships at my studio. My most
So creating those sculptures became a
notable artworks so far, I think are: “The
kind of therapy for me.
Seacret” which I sold at the Vernissage to a huge private collection in Austria. It´s
Why are you attracted to glass?
standing right between Tony Cragg and
Glass is a wonderful, mysterious but also
Erwin Wurm now. And “Der Büßer” (The
very difficult material to work with. It has
Penitent), which is the fastest selling
this “fourth dimension”. When you are
sculpture so far. After 30 minutes of
sculpting with glass you also sculpt with
sharing it on social media, a Collectress
light and refractions. Glass can be very
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I think I could have sold for 5x more. But my works are always unique. I never create the same sculpture twice. What concepts are you currently exploring? One project which is still not finished is called “Same Difference”. I´m exploring the possibilities of working with foam as a casting positive. (see "S.H.I.E.L.D; Echoes from Gold"). My idea behind is to have this positive/negative structure to enlighten both sides of the story. But finally it has to be one! Another concept on which I return sometimes is doing trilogies with classical cuttings from the 19th century trying to use them in new contexts like the “Behind the Scenes” series! Tell us about what you are most passionate about. For sure I´m really passionate about glass, contemporary and historical! In the past I also taught history of glass at the master degree level in Germany. It´s a material used by mankind for more than 5,000 years now so there´s a lot to explore about it. My second passion is music. I´m a real so called “metalhead” and I have played in bands for more than 25 years. It´s also kind of inspiration sometimes. Some of my objects are named after songs from my favourite bands. If the statement of the song fits with the statement of the sculpture it´s an absolutely logical step for me! How should we approach interacting with your creations? My work is more abstract but always an interaction between optics, haptics and title. So I want people looking at my work to discover it by their own selves. The worst thing for me is when you can clearly see from 10 meters away what it´s all about. You have to uncover the message behind by yourself. And even if for you there´s a different meaning it´s ok for me. Most important is that somebody can feel the power and the passion I put in while working on it. If I get this feedback of strength and depth then I am fine. What projects are you currently working on? Currently I´m working on some smaller cut and engraved pieces for an upcoming wandering exhibition in Germany called “Back on Tour”. It´s about contemporary European glass engraving. Together with other European glass artists who mainly work with this technique we had the first edition
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in 2015-16, touring through 7 countries. Now, this second edition was set in the National Glass Museum in Riihimäki (Finland) and later it will take place at the European Museum of Contemporary Glass in Rödenthal (Germany). And in this group called GEN (Glass Engraving Network) we also have concrete plans for the third edition to take place in Spain and France in 2021-22. I´m also working on some new casting sculptures for several exhibitions mainly in Germany and Austria. One I will present together with my long-term friend from the Czech republic, Petr Stacho!
"My work is more abstract but always an interaction between optics, haptics and title. So I want the people looking at my work to discover it by their own. The worst thing for me is when you can clearly see from 10 meters away what it's all about!" 063
"I have so many strange ideas I want to realize in the future. In the past I did some installations mainly with glass which cannot be sold like sculptures or other objects but for me it is existentially necessary to make people think about their lives and what's going on in this crude world right now."
What can we look forward to?
What role should art have in life?
I have so many strange ideas I want
Ouch, difficult question, and there
to realize in the future. In the past I
will be no answer. Everything can
did some installations mainly with
be art – it´s about the context and
glass which cannot be sold like
the viewers choice too. So called
sculptures or other objects but for
“fine art” stands for it´s own. A bit
me it is existentially necessary to
like narcissism probably. But if you
make people think about their lives
really want to transport a message
and what´s going on in this crude
then sometimes art must hurt!
world right now. I really do hope I will be able to realize it somehow.
How do you want your work to impact the viewer?
Tell us about where you are based.
I´d like to answer this while
Like I mentioned before, I decided
imagining my “Same Difference”
to set up my studio in this beautiful
series. If you are affected only by
area in Western Austria next to the
the beauty of the object it will be
stunning Lake Constance in 2016.
only half way. So try to reach in and
The location is an important aspect
find the 'other' point of view. Both
in doing creative stuff. A big lake,
aspects, positive and negative will
tell you the whole story!
personality of local people are huge influences on their own.
"My current paintings are expressions of energy, emotion, automatic drawing and are reactive. I do not begin with any preconceived ideas. I like the spirit of the day to allow the painting to converse with me. This is liberating; this is freedom."
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Pamela Caughey grew up in Wisconsin, where she
You started out in science; your first degree was in
received her Bachelor of Science degree in
Biochemistry. Tell us about your journey to art.
Biochemistry from UW-Madison in 1983. After
It was a very long time before I could “shake off” the
moving with her family to Hamilton, MT in 1986, she
impact my first career choice had on me; it just wasn’t a
began her serious study of art, and in 2010 received
good fit for me. There were a lot of lasting repercussions
her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the
including chronic anxiety, depression and severe panic
University of Montana School of Art. She works in
attacks. However, looking back, it was the pain and
many media, with special interest in cold wax/oil,
suffering that played a crucial role in being the artist I am
encaustic, mixed media and acrylic.
today. For that I am grateful. I found so much content that I could express through my art and looking back, I
Her works are in the permanent collections of
wouldn’t trade the difficulty of my past for anything.
several museums (Missoula Art Museum, Holter Museum of Art, Nicolaysen Museum of Art) and
What advantages did your science background offer to
public buildings nationally and internationally. Her
your art career, how do the two co-habit in your mind?
work also appears in the newly published book by
My foundation in science taught me how to focus,
Rebecca Crowell and Jerry McLaughlin, “Cold Wax
research, think laterally and organize my thoughts as well
Medium: Techniques, Concepts, Conversations”.
as document what I am doing. Most importantly, I find
After teaching courses at the University of Montana
that art is a science as well! It requires a great deal of
Bitterroot College, she is now a full time studio artist
discipline, knowledge, experimentation, risk taking and
and teaches workshops from her Hamilton, Montana
constant research. I am sometimes amazed how much an
studio, throughout the country and abroad.
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"Looking back, it was the pain and suffering that played a crucial role in being the artist I am today. For that I am grateful."
"I think I have always been a bit entrepreneurial. It is a challenge to market our work, but in the end it allows us to share our work with those who appreciate it." content, design, technical and professional aspects in
expressed in any 2D medium. The most important thing I
order to earn a full time living.
feel I have discovered is what I want to say. The technique follows once this is known.
You worked with watercolors for 20 years before expanding into other media - tell us about this journey.
Tell us about your current paintings.
I was lucky to have a mother-in-law who painted in
My current paintings are expressions of energy, emotion,
watercolor. It was her guidance, patience, enthusiasm
automatic drawing and are reactive. I do not begin with
and encouragement that began my trajectory into art.
any preconceived ideas. I like the spirit of the day to allow
There was so much to learn technically; watercolor is still
the painting to converse with me. This is liberating; this is
one of the most challenging mediums Iâ€™ve worked in.
I essentially relied on dozens of books to learn the basics of color, design and technique. What I learned during my
You learnt to solder then you started your jewelry line,
watercolor days served me very well in ever other
have you always been entrepreneurial?
technique I transitioned to. Each medium has itâ€™s pros and
After graduating with an MFA inÂ painting and drawing, I
cons. While watercolor likes to flow, encaustic (hot wax)
took some time out to learn metalsmithing from my
requires working quickly, while oils/cwm require
expert neighbor, Tom Moates. He taught me to solder
knowledge of solvents, mediums and requires patience to
silver and copper and I was hooked. I love 3D mediums as
allow the paint to dry. Acrylic/mixed media dries more
well as 2D. I think I have always been a bit
quickly unless you use proper mediums or techniques to
entrepreneurial. It is a challenge to market our work, but
slow it down or just accept it. Having a solid foundation in
in the end it allows us to share our work with those who
color and design means your personal voice can be
"I anticipate that future work will be very formally based. I am fascinated by complex color, expressive line and uncharacteristic shape. It is these formal elements that drive me now."
'Disquietude' dealt with the
2020, it was of course very
intense ramifications of global
terrorism - tell us about this.
However, being married to a
Disquietude was my MFA
Thesis exhibition. For two
scientific background helped
years, I focused on what causes
the "terror" in terrorism and it
pathogens exist and move
is, and always will be, fear. Fear
around the world just as we do.
and anxiety were what I knew
I’m not surprised and feel that
so well. Terrorism, whether
population, modes of travel
it is from chemical, biological
and the way we treat each
or nuclear means, results in
other and our planet will only
trauma, pain, anxiety and fear.
increase the potential for such
And the entire exhibition was a
metaphor for what I had felt inside. Fear is fear, regardless
of what causes it.
exhibition 'Simply Not' came
This exhibition was a major
about following a disaster?
In 2016, I was about 75%
darkness I felt inside.
ready for an upcoming solo museum exhibition to be held
in a 2400 sq foot space. On
Pathogens' explored global
July 31, while painting in the
travel and pathogens?
living room, the Roaring Lion
My next major solo exhibition,
Fire began midday about a mile
down the road. We had been
Pathogens” was an extension
evacuated in the past, but this
of etching copper plates based
time, seeing an orange glow
down the road was the only
images of pathogens I saw
warning we had to get out
from the Rocky Mountain
quickly. We grabbed what we
could in about 45 minutes.
Montana. I was inspired by the
Thanks to my family, many
morphology and individuality
exhibition pieces were saved,
of each pathogen; both deadly
but many were also lost. There
and beautiful. And, again, the
was nothing left after the fire.
wake of destruction, death and
Fortunately, I was able to rent
pain left behind allowed me to
a space and order a hotbox to
once again find a metaphor to
create encaustic monotypes
express fear. How do you view coronavirus from your unique art/ science vantage point? A coronavirus was part of the Ubiquitous exhibition in 2014. When the pandemic erupted in
"A coronavirus was part of the 2014 Ubiquitous exhibition. When the pandemic erupted in 2020, it was of course unsettling and horrifying."
on. I incorporated ashes from our house into the hot wax and in the end, felt these relatively monochromatic
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"On July 31 2016, while painting in the living room, the Roaring Lion Fire began midday about a mile down the road. We had been evacuated in the past, but this time, seeing an orange glow down the road was the only warning we had to get out quickly."
"I now devote all of my teaching to helping others understand these concepts so they can get to the business of creating their best art, not just art that is “ok”."
course like this back then. That is what motivated me to create this online course and make it lifetime access. We need to hear these concepts many times before they sink in. I now devote all of my teaching to helping others understand the fundamentals of color and design so they can create their "BEST" art, not just art that's "ok". At first, I wasn't sure how well the course would be received, but after 700 positive testimonials, I'm very grateful it's helping artists of all levels hone their visual
crush my creativity, but rather became an inspiration for
language skills, gain confidence in their personal voice and
discover a great deal of joy in the painting process.
You have explored universally relatable experiences, are
You are no slouch on YouTube, tell us about your
there other areas you want to explore in the future?
channel and how it all began.
While past exhibitions were highly conceptual between
My YouTube channel began when I decided to hit the
2010 and 2014, I anticipate that future work will be very
video button on my new iphone in early 2017. I started
formally based. I am fascinated by complex color,
with a time lapse video while painting in cold wax and oils.
expressive line and uncharacteristic shape. It is these
On a whim, I uploaded it to YouTube and to my
formal elements that drive me now.
amazement, people hit the LIKE button. Documenting what I’m doing using video was new for me, but I but I
Tell us about your art instruction practise, Art & Success
found it to be a great way to learn a lot about my process.
- what do artists achieve from studying with you?
I love to share the good, the bad and the ugly of my art
In the fall of 2018, I launched my first online course,
making process and YouTube became a great way to
Powerful Design and Personal Color. Having attended a
multitude of past workshops that focused mainly on technique, I wanted to share what I feel are the most
You have been successful in your various endeavors,
important tools one can have in their artistic toolbox – a
what qualities have helped you along the way?
solid foundation in design and color. I could have greatly
I am greatly humbled by any success I have experienced in
reduced my own 20 year learning curve if I'd taken a
life, but at the same time, I continually focus on the fact I
"I am greatly humbled by any success I have experienced in life, but at the same time, I continually focus on the fact I am a beginner whenever I try something new."
am a beginner whenever I try something new. Whether painting, doing videography, learning about marketing or anything else, I never feel I am an expert in anything. That is how I want it to be. I learn from others as much as they learn from me. Any obstacles along the way are just problems that
"Life is short. I want to leave this earth knowing I did as much as I could to share with artists the most important lessons Iâ€™ve learned over 30 years as an artist."
need to be solved. Being creative in any endeavor means never giving up and believing there is a solution if we just stick with it. How can you brighten up whats left of 2020 what can we look forward to from you? Thanks for asking! With all of my LIVE 2020 painting workshops cancelled (including 3 in New Zealand and one in both Vienna and Bainbridge Island, WA) and a large solo exhibition postponed until 2021, I will be focusing on creating more online courses, creating a lot more paintings and hopefully helping as many artists as I can through my teaching, coaching and mentoring website, www.ARTandSUCCESS.com. Life is short. I want to leave this earth knowing I did as much as I could to share with artists the most important lessons Iâ€™ve learned over 30 years as an artist. www.ARTandSUCCESS.com www.pamelacaughey.com 075
"My goal is to capture the beauty of my subject. My works use the line, shape, value, color, texture, and edges of all these technical elements to create a poetic interpretation of my inner voice. These basic concepts provide the fundamental structure for my visual goal."
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Jing Zhao lives in Frisco, TX. USA She learned
For various reasons, I studied law instead. After having
drawing from a private teacher from her childhood.
been an attorney in China for many years, I moved to
Even through her career path leading her in law, art
America to continue to study American law and worked at
has always been a companion to her. She is a
an Immigration law firm. After that, I changed course,
professional oil painter now and is already snapping
getting a computer science master's degree and becoming
up top awards for her figurative work. She is the Best
a software engineer working in the telecommunication
of show winner at the 20th American Impressionist
industry. Later on, I was back to the legal consulting field
Society's Juried National Exhibition 2019.
and became a business owner. Meanwhile, art has always been a companion to me and I eventually returned to my
Tell us about yourself and your background.
true love; painting.
I was born and raised in Qingdao, China and now live in Frisco, Texas. I have been drawing since the age of
To further develop my artistic skills, I attended the
five. I began my formal art education at the age of
Peninsula School of Art, Scottsdale Artists' School, and
eleven with a private art teacher. From eleven to
studied with the great artists such as Kevin Macpherson,
eighteen, I drew at least 4 hours every day in hopes of
Zhaoming Wu, John Michael Carter, Daniel Gerhart,
someday attending the top fine art academy in China.
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"It is not my goal to merely depict the scene I see, but rather to use my artistic eye to express my inner response towards what I see." 078
Tell us about your work and style, why is
personal life experiences and my inner-
spiritual world. I use the technical
My goal is to capture the beauty of my
elements to capture the expression while
subject. My works use the line, shape,
nature's color influences the light and
value, color, texture, and edges of all
atmosphere. My visual vocabulary has to
these technical elements to create a
do with what I initially see in the subject
poetic interpretation of my inner voice.
so that I can create my own mental image
of the result of the painting.
fundamental structure for my visual goal of the paintings. I think that my work
Tell us about your process and what do
leans majorly towards Impressionism.
you feel when you are creating?
Some ideas always come to me after I did
accurate depiction of light on forms
some research or when inspiration struck.
without very specific details and using
Once I have a solid idea with the mood
bold, broken colors and brush-strokes. It
and emotion, I will quickly glance at all the
is rooted in realism. When I see the
photos to see which one grabbed my eye
immediately. Since I have traveled to
communicate my unique vision. It is not
different places in the world, I have
my goal to merely depict the scene I see,
thousands of pictures I took during the
but rather use my artistic eye to express
trips. Sometimes I find the picture as a
my inner response towards what I see,
reference, while at other times I find a
depicting my emotion and mood from my
model painting from life.
Before I begin to paint I always ask myself what kind of mood I am trying to capture, what the image is in my mind, what I intend to paint and what kind of emotion I am trying to express. After making a few decisions I begin to think about the technical approach. First I tone my surface with a major background color. Then I use charcoal to do a simple drawing with design and composition which is easy for me to make changes and analyze focal points and simplify the subject. Then I place big shapes and values to block in the shadow part and paint from the dark to light. In the whole process, I pay attention to placing the brushstroke with variety and always checking back with technical requirements - it is a problem-solving process. If all these elements are accurate then my painting will be complete. When I am painting at the beginning, I feel so excited and passionate about the image in my mind. However, during the process sometimes I feel frustrated and impatient because your eye sometimes is much more critical than your hand. I think the best artists are those who are painfully selfcritical. This is good for self-betterment, rather than defeat. What are your sources of inspiration? I enjoy creating portraits or figures and landscapes in which I can find a certain beauty in a special characteristic or moods either from my daily life or a photo I took. I try to hold onto a child-like curiosity and use the artistic well-trained eye to see the beauty of our routine life. This is my inspiration. Why are you attracted to your preferred mediums? My favorite medium is oil because of its flexibility and depth of color. Tell us about some of your achievements. I have the Memberships including: Oil Painter of America, American Impressionist Society, Portrait Society of America Outdoor Painters Society, California Art Club. My works had been Juried into many National Exhibition including: Oil Painters of America's 27th Annual Juried National Exhibition / Oil Painters of America's 28th Annual Juried National Exhibition / Oil Painters of America's 29th Annual Juried National Exhibition / American Impressionist
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society 20th Annual Juried National Exhibition / The 34th Annual Juried Bosque Art Classic Exhibition / The Allied Artists of America's 106th Annual Juried Exhibition / Oil Painters of America's 2019 West Regional Exhibition / The 4th Annual American Impressionist society Juried -
Impressions Small works showcase / Outdoor Painters Society Juried invitation for PleinAir Southwest Outdoor Painting Competition and Show / Artists on Location Juried invitation for Artists on Location Plein Air painting Event. I have the following National level Awards: Best of Show at the 20th American Impressionist Societyâ€™s Juried National Exhibition 2019 / Boren-Selvidge Award at Bosque Art Classic 34th Annual Juried Art exhibition 2019 / Art Muse Contest Emerging Artist Winner in May 2019 / State-level Award / 1st Place Award in the Texas members of the Portrait Society of America Exhibition 2018. I have been featured in Southwest Art Magazine and my works in American Art Collector and Fine Art Connoisseur. I was a speaker as American Impressionist Society National Best Show Winners Panellist, as well as a featured demonstrator at the AIS National Small Works Show. 081
"The livelihood of youth from different backgrounds is a common theme I explore in my portrait paintings, especially from the mountain areas or the poor country. I try to depict the lovely youth of the poor mountain areas and evoke people's compassion to carry hope to these lovely children."
“A Girl from Festival” I had my ideas
From the Guatemala trip, I spotted
first come to me such as mood,
a beautiful girl in a crowded market.
emotion. Based on these concepts, I
The girl’s brightly colored head
quickly glanced at all the photos
scarf caught my attention first.
until I found a picture I took many
Then I noticed the girl’s expression:
years ago. The beauty immediately
not happy, kind of sad. I knew that
caught my eye. I decided to use that
that was the kind of emotion I
picture as a reference. Before it
wanted to paint. After returning
comes to the actual painting, I see a
home, I created “Guatemalan Girl in
mental image of the painting
the Market.” “Guatemalan Girl in
usually revolving around design,
the Market” went on to win the
shape, tone, light, color, brush-
Boren-Selvidge Award at Bosque
strokes and edges. All these kinds
Art Classic 34th Annual Juried Art
of visual elements and the image
lead me thinking and working from day and night and sometimes I
Tell us about some of the themes
couldn’t fall asleep. "A Girl From
Festival" won the best of the show
different backgrounds is a common
Exhibition which was held at the
theme I explore in my portrait
Salmagundi Club New York 2019.
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mountain areas or the poor country. I try to depict the lovely youth of the poor mountain areas and evoke people's compassion to carry hope to these lovely children. “Mountain Child” is an example, as well as "Young Mother in Guatemala” which was from the trip with Art Ambassadors for a Colorful World to Guatemala in 2018. I was so touched and impressed by many young mothers who are hungry or sick, and couldn’t attend school but had to raise children. They are beautiful and their eyes filled with purity and wish. After that trip, I created that painting. "A Guatemalan Girl” for 2019's Art Ambassador for a Colorful World Trip. What are you passionate about? I am passionate about the figure or portrait which I could capture some characteristic beauty. Tell us about some of the feedback you typically receive. There are a lot of positive compliments and encouragement that I always appreciate and am very humbled to receive. Here is one of my Award Winner Judge’s feedback: “A Girl From Festival” "In Jing’s painting, composition and a feeling of “controlled Abandon” find their perfect subject in the flamboyant dancer she has chosen, Masterful use of Color, Light, and shade, lost and found edges and creation of textures, are all built on a creative framework of shapes and lines woven together as by a musician or composer. It’s natural, but beyond nature. Explosive!" Another Award Winner Judge’s feedback for "Check My Phone First” "There is a lot that can be said with a suggestion and for me, that always wins over a rendering. So many artists torture the brushwork to death leaving a static and uninteresting surface. I loved the simple yet confident brushwork and the concentrated chroma in this lovely work. All of this supports her posture and the mood. It's excellent." What are you currently working on? I am currently on some equestrian performer pieces. When I was in France visiting Chantilly last fall, I was so lucky to bump into a group of equestrians preparing for a horse show. I got permission and took hundreds of photo references in this one-in-a-million opportunity. I was
"Art is a way to bring forward a moment in time that takes away from the tension or stress of life and high-light the stories that make life beautiful." 084
shocked by the beauty and historic story. So I try to depict the beauty scene from my mind’s eye. What can we look forward to in the future, what directions will you be exploring? I think I will explore combining portrait or figure and
"Most of my subjects are people from different backgrounds and cultures. I sometimes consider whether these subjects will draw in the viewer to wonder about their life story or what’s going on in the scene." How do you feel about art and its role in the world? Art has always been a way to communicate feelings or a story. Art can bring back fond memories, bring peace, provide a colorful retreat for our daily life or even speak truth in times of conflict. In our world landscape together to create more storytelling themes or
today there is often unrest. Art is a way to bring
new arenas of interest, and so on and so forth. To explore
forward a moment in time that takes away from the
my own personal creative direction will always be my
tension or stress of life and high-light the stories that
future efforts in my life.
make life beautiful. I believe art has the power to change the world. It inspires individuals and changes
Tell us about your location and its influence on your
work. I live in Frisco TX , USA. Since I love to travel, I like to learn
How do you want your art to affect the viewer?
and paint all over the country. I studied with many top
Most of my subjects are people from different
great master artists in different locations in the USA. Such
backgrounds and cultures. I sometimes consider
as Kevin Macpherson, Zhaoming Wu, John Michael
whether these subjects will draw in the viewer to
Carter, Daniel Gerhartz and many other great artists, So I
wonder about their life story or what’s going on in the
got so much influence from them.
scene. I want my art to bring about understanding and
I also admire the great masters in art history like Sargent,
perspective to my viewer
Sorolla, Fechin, Zorn. Their masterpieces are always my guide to keep my goals in my sight.
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"THROUGH GLASS, I SPEAK, BREATHE AND LIVE." While drawing on sources from her personal history as well as collective memory, Feleksan Onar's works in glass deal with the notions of identity, constructed narratives, historical relations and impacts of politics on society. In her most recent work, ‘Perched,’ her storytelling in glass reflects on the Syrian refugee situation while
International Architecture Exhibition, she particularly focuses on the cultural interaction that evolved through the art of glass making between the Ottoman Empire and Venice. Onar started off in a private atelier and later on received her formal education in glass at Glass Furnace, Istanbul. She initiated her own atelier, Fy-Shan Glass Studio, in 2003. Since then, she systematically educated herself formally in all sorts of glass making techniques: fusing and slumping, kiln casting, flame working, hotforming and blowing, cold-working and practices to incorporate unique techniques in her works that present the amazing qualities of the material she loves. "Glass, not only expresses my past and present, but also my anxieties and expectations for the future. Through glass, I speak, breathe and live." Feleksan Onar, born and raised in Turkey, completed her undergraduate degree in economics and music history at Cornell University and graduate studies at Harvard Business School. She works out of her atelier in Pera, Istanbul as well as in Berlin and Murano. The artist’s works are housed in important public collections worldwide including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Pergamon Museum, Berlin; Riihimaki Glass Museum, Finland; and Contemporary Glass Art Museum, Eskisehir, among others, as well as in private collections. Her most recent solo exhibitions have been held at Arkas Museum, Izmir; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Pergamon Museum, Berlin; and Magazzino Gallery at Palazzo Polignac, Venice.
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DARCY J. SEARS
"I am primarily interested in line and form, the contours of the human body. I explore the figure in all of its imperfections. All sizes and shapes of the human body are beautiful and complete in my eyes. While at times, I use models for my work, I may not realistically portray them. I want to capture their mood, spirit, and their essence."
WEIVRETNI TSITRA POT
"Primarily self-taught, I had no formal training but
Tell us about your work.
wonderful teachers such as Eugene Daub, Tebby
Initially, I was a realistic figurative sculptor. Over the
George, Bruno Lucchesi, and Peter Rubino. Initially, a
years, my path has evolved into a stylized representation
realistic figurative sculptor, my path has evolved into
of the human figure. The human form is my inspiration -
a stylized representation of the human figure. The
my compositions celebrate our imperfections and find
human form is my inspiration. I often introduce the
beauty in physical shapes. I often introduce mythical
mythical by integrating classical Greek forms."
touches by integrating classical Greek forms with my own personal style.
Tell us about yourself and your background. I am a San Francisco Bay Area sculptor who has been
Tell us about your process and what you feel when you
working with clay and bronze for over 20 years. I was
born in Southern California and received a BA degree
My technical method is to work with slabs of clay and to
at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I spent
build from the inside out. I then switch my focus to the
many years in the corporate world before becoming a
outside as the piece nears completion. This process
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"My work is driven by my need to mold life out of clay. Clay is a wonderful medium with few boundaries. Wings can sprout on anyone and trees can have wheels. Clay enables me to transform the mundane into something magical." Tell us about some of your proudest moments. My work has been exhibited in galleries in both California and France. I was an artist-in-resident at Saint-Quentin-la-Poterie, an artist town west of Avignon. At the end of the program, I had a solo exposition. I also participated in a group exhibition, “France Amerique,” in Paris and exhibited at the Claire de Villaret Galerie. In California, my sculptures have been shown in many venues, including SF Art Market 2019, which had 26,000 attendees and STartup Art Fair LA 2020. and modeled. Form is always central to my work. The finishes are the alchemy where clay is transformed into art. What are your sources of inspiration? I am primarily interested in line and form, the contours of the human body. I explore the figure in all of its imperfections. All sizes and shapes of the human body are beautiful and complete in my eyes. While at times, I use models for my work, I may not realistically portray them. I want to capture their mood, spirit, and the essence of who they are. Why are you attracted to your preferred mediums? My work is driven by my need to mold life out of clay. Clay is a wonderful medium with few boundaries. Wings can sprout on anyone and trees can have wheels. Clay enables me to transform the mundane into something magical. Bronze work is an extension of clay with the added element of defying gravity. One single toe can be a balance point for a six-foot piece. 092
"Form is always central to my work. The finishes are the alchemy where clay is transformed into art." "Bronze work is an extension of clay with the added element of defying gravity. One single toe can be a balance point for a six-foot piece."
"My newest collection represents a personal artistic challenge in terms of scale and ambition. This venture into larger than life bronzes is transforming my artistic expression." What are you passionate about? Spreading joy and beauty in people’s lives through sculpture. Tell us about some of the feedback you typically receive from people that discover your work. Whenever someone walks into my studio, I notice that they are immediately drawn to my large bronzes. They possess a magnetism that people respond to through touch and social interaction. People want to know about their history and often take pictures with them. It is really lovely. Quotes from collectors below: “I have been lucky enough to have collected several pieces of Darcy’s work over the past few years. Her work is thoughtful and the tactile surfaces are compelling. The abstraction of classical forms elevates the space where her work resides in my home.” Colin F. “I bought a silver leaf angel lamp from Darcy and it has become a symbol for me of peace. The sarong she wears represents truth and integrity. Her beauty is life, her feet stand firm against ignorance and violence and her wings are creativity and protection-may this angel resonate love for all.” Kathryn L. What are you currently working on? My newest collection represents a personal artistic challenge in terms of scale and ambition. This venture into larger than life bronzes is transforming my artistic expression. These pieces are more permanent and I hope to place them in large outdoor art installations. I love the idea of sharing these sculptures with the public and having them integrated with nature. The juxtaposition of bronze or high fired clay in a natural setting is a perfect fit. 094
"My studio is in the iconic Industrial Center Building (ICB) in Sausalito CA, one of the largest collectives of artists on the West Coast. Over 100 artists work in this building and the influence of a community of artists in continually inspiring."
"Art is what we all cling to feed our souls… beauty, color, imagination, joy, and freedom especially in these times." What can we look forward to in the near future? My future work will become more and more abstracted as I continue to create larger bronze sculptures that are vertical and highly textured. Recently I have also been experimenting with digital imaging to manipulate the size and scope of these larger pieces. How does your location influence your work? My studio is in the iconic Industrial Center Building (ICB) in Sausalito CA, one of the largest collectives of artists on the West Coast. Over 100 artists work in this building and the influence of a community of artists in continually inspiring. Painters, photographers, and other visual artists are my friends, critics, and collectors. My proximity to San Francisco and the wonderful culture there is always stimulating. How do you feel about art and its role in the world? Art is more important than ever in today’s world of the pandemic, fake news, and negativity. Art is what we all cling to feed our souls… beauty, color, imagination, joy, and freedom especially in these times. 097
"My future work will become more and more abstracted as I continue to create larger bronze sculptures that are vertical and highly textured."
How do you want your art to affect the viewer? Each piece has my story in it, but I want the viewer to look at my sculpture and add their story, their interpretation, and their own joy. What has the Covid pandemic meant to you and how has it influenced your creativity? There is no better time to create. Many people have become isolated and introspective, but people are also looking for a distraction. I executed a Zoom virtual open studio, which was a huge success. Buyers called in and bought art from all over the United States. Collectors have told me that they want to connect with artists and art during this dark time. People are looking for beautiful joyful sculptures. View my virtual studio tour at: www.djsears.com 099
ANDRZEJ M KARWACKI
"My works have an intention of equanimity that is neither a thought nor an emotion. And truly it is an exploration of my own social psyche... My paintings, narrate events experienced, learned and forgotten and learned again by the human mind."
WEIVRETNI TSITRA POT
Andrzej holds Masters in Urban Architecture and
Jersey City State University. While I was earning a BFA in
Integral Psychology. Andrzej's current paintings are
painting, I had the opportunity to explore everything from
Cosmo-centric and see humanity and art as an
sculpture to printmaking, drawings to graphic art. At the
integral part of nature. Living in the SF Bay Area, he
end of the 5-year BFA program, I continued to the
has a broad creative practice; his works are exhibited
University of Pennsylvania where I earned my Master's
throughout The United States and Europe.
Degree in the field of Urban Architecture in 1994. Architectural design taught me to observe and imitate
Tell us about yourself and your background.
nature through new media.
I was born in Poland, in the historic town of Brzeg, I grew up during the years of political oppression and
After relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area, my artistic
era of communist Poland. There I attended the School
direction began to take shape after integrating Eastern
for the Arts and Literature. Unconsciously, these
spirituality into my artwork. For me, Eastern Spirituality
primary years were the platform for a deep attraction
and forms of Zen and Buddhism were closer to seeing the
towards peace, poetry and art as a form of creative
world as beautiful rather than violent as had been the
preservation. In 1984, I moved to New York and
view in the preceding years. My artistic philosophy led me
continued my education at the School for the Arts at
to resume academic work at the California Institute of 101
Integral Studies in San Francisco where, in
be explored repeatedly with new nuances
2010, I received a Masters in Integral
coming to the fore each time.
The process includes the additional step
Expressive Art Therapy.
"I have literally reconstructed my paintings to embrace the underlying order and harmonic balance that supports the organic and at times extremely chaotic nature of life."
of including strips of collages made from various newspapers and magazines to
Tell us about your work and style, why is
bring fragments of images and text into
the composition. The collage also serves
My work is always driven by a desire to
to ground the work in time and place, with
create meaningful content.
references to Art, Poetry and the Bay
Equanimity Redefined is my current
Area’s contemporary lifestyle.
series of paintings. Here, I have literally
These works capture the pursuit of a type
reconstructed my paintings to embrace
of art that was perceived in The “New
the underlying order and harmonic
American Painters” movement as being
balance that supports the organic and at
distinctly American. In style, they bring to
times extremely chaotic nature of life.
mind works of John Chamberlain and
The style is created by the application of
Mark di Suvero who have similarly
paint with a palette knife to thin wooden
prioritized spontaneity and expressive
boards, which are consequently cut up
force. My work goes a step beyond and
into strips and collaged together in a
successfully combines two very different
different order thereby creating more
artistic styles; Abstract Expressionism
graffiti-like painting landscapes, reading
the composition like a book that can be
"Like in music, where each instrument and each note adds to another until a process starts to become felt, colors and tones flow until a composition becomes visible. The creative process is nothing more than a playful rediscovery of something that was not there before.â€?
Tell us about your process and what you feel when you are creating. Creating art is like composing music, elements come together to create a symphony for your senses. Like in music, where each instrument and each note adds to another until a process starts to become felt, colors and tones flow until a composition becomes visible. The creative process is nothing more than a playful rediscovery of something that was not there before. I stop when a work of art seems somewhat but not completely complete, allowing the viewer to bring his/her own experience into it. How does your location influence and inspire your work? Currently, my studio is located in the San Francisco Bay Area. I use urban life as well as the cultural graffiti of the city's political and social climate to direct my works' themes. Sources of inspirations are simply all around us. Mostly, our soulful purpose as humanity and the role we play in the man-made world, and the natural world in which we coexist and share with each other and other living organisms. I would want my art to be non-linear in that way. My use of contemporary materials such as newspapers, photos, collage, paint, strips of aged wood and fabric allow me to communicate timeless concepts that are more-so based on Buddhist philosophy. My works have an intention of equanimity that is neither a thought nor an emotion. And truly it is an exploration of my own social psyche. Tell us about some of your achievements and notable projects. As an urban architect I was part of a team, and a designer creating urban environments all around the San Francisco Bay Area during the 90’s. These still exist and serve as living playgrounds for social interaction. As an artist, I have created thousands of artworks that are now placed in both public and private places. I work with designers and art galleries to compose inviting and colorful environments. But, due to my client's need for privacy, I can’t disclose names. However, my website shows many locations in the installation images. Some of the public places include, San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts, libraries, schools and shopping villages. 105
"If society wants to fight disease, racism and other forms of bias in access to care and equality, we need to bring our center back to community and social values. I hope my work speaks to that thru positive messages and creativity."
ARTIST STATEMENT It is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean… we have salt in our sweat, in our tears, in our skin. And when we go back to the ocean – whether it is to sail or to observe it – we are going back to this instinctual belief that we all originate in the gesture of the moving sea. If you close your eyes and you listen to your breath, it’s exactly like the quiet waves, gently sounding across the grains of sand. Our urban lives are coupled with the ocean life. And so is our creative personal nature. Our artistic language is familiar, universal and repetitive. We try to interpret what we see and express its emotional understanding. By engaging with art we allow ourselves to notice the similarity of the feelings that arise. And that is our collective Nature. That is our universal ability to sense one into another. My artwork is an exploration, a gesture which reflects a moment in life, a composition which tells a personal story. And as “Nights through dreams tell the myths forgotten by the day.” ― C.G. Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections. So do my paintings, narrate events experienced, learned and forgotten and learned again by the human mind.
What are you currently working on? My work these days is mostly based in private commissions. Some include figure paintings, pop art and
collage arts. How do you want your art to affect the viewer? Tolstoy mentioned in his bio, that he considers his work successful if the reader has his/her own emotional response or connection to his literary works. Perhaps, that is all. If one, in his/her process of contemplation with my paintings is able to experience some sort of emotional connectivity, then perhaps, I succeeded. Either way, Tolstoy simply put it "We cannot fail to observe that art is one of the means of affective communication
transmits thoughts to another, by means of art, one transmits feelings.” This goes beyond just the pandemic. If society wants to fight disease, racism and other forms of bias in access to care and equality, we need to bring our center back to community and social values. I hope my work speaks to that thru positive messages and creativity. 107
"I grew up having a special interest in horses and Indians and the western way of life.”
WEIVRETNI TSITRA POT
Margaret was raised in a small ranching community
Tell us about yourself and your background.
in Northwestern Colorado. She currently lives on a
I grew up having a special interest in horses and Indians
ranch near Glen Rose, Texas. After retiring from
and the western way of life. My upbringing in the extreme
research within the pharmaceutical industry in 2009,
north western corner of Colorado where ranching and
she studied three-dimensional portraiture, then she
Indians and cowboys and bandits existed influenced me
moved on to figurative sculpture, studying from
immensely. My years spent grooming, riding, and caring
masters in the field. Margaret’s work has appeared in
for my horses was time well spent, as I now am aware of
many prestigious juried shows throughout the
the anatomy of a horse based on that experience. I still
United States. In 2016 Margaret won "Best of Show"
live on a ranch in Glen Rose, Texas, and continue to have
at the Breckenridge Texas Fine Art Show. In 2017
horses and a variety of other animals close by to serve as
her piece “Mr. Remington’s Cowboy” was acquired
by the Museum of Western Art for permanent exhibition. In 2019 and 2020 she was chosen to
Tell us about your work and style, why is your sculptural
teach sculpting at the prestigious Western Art
Academy, Kerrville, Texas.
I would mention that being a woman sculptor in the 109
"My upbringing in the extreme north western corner of Colorado where ranching and Indians and cowboys and bandits existed influenced me immensely." 111
"I strive very hard to depict athleticism with grace and beauty as well" 112
western art genre is not easy. Western art
touch of color to my own individual taste.
was traditionally created by the American
All of this makes my pieces a bit different
male cowboy. Although I’m not a cowboy,
from the conventional sculptures of
In my area of art, I am required to
western art and animals. When people
compete with traditional male cowboy
see my work, they always marvel at the
artists. Because of this I am driven to
detail I put into each piece. In 2016, one
prove that I can create pieces every bit as
of my pieces, “Ohitika” won Best of Show
good and perhaps better than their
at Breckenridge Fine Art show.
output. How do you want your art to affect the Tell us about your process.
I have not yet created any monumental
With my work, I want people to smile and
works, so all of my pieces are “tabletop”
feel good when they see my art. I want
size art works. I strive very hard to depict
them to appreciate the detail and the
athleticism with grace and beauty as well.
I also do my own patinas, so I can add a
"Although Iâ€™m not a cowboy, In my area of art, I am required to compete with traditional male cowboy artists. Because of this I am driven to prove that I can create pieces every bit as good and perhaps better than their output."
"I also do my own patinas, so I can add a touch of color to my own individual taste. All of this makes my pieces a bit different from the conventional sculptures of western art and animals."
"With my work, I want people to smile and feel good when they see my art. I want them to appreciate the detail and the accuracy of the subject that Iâ€™m portraying."
"In the near future, I will continue to strive to create pieces that are better and better, in their portrayal of beauty and grace and detail."
"I believe art and the associated appreciation of beauty is inherent within the human brain. It is an element of the environment which we all crave because it makes us “feel good” when we see something that affects us." How has the Covid pandemic affected your work? During this time of isolation with the COVID pandemic, I must say that my everyday life is not affected much. An artist spends many hours alone, creating and thinking and planning, and so this is not so unusual for me. www.margaretdrakestudio.com www.margaretdrakefineart.com www.instagram.com/MargaretDrakeStudio www.facebook.com/MargaretDrakeStudio What are you currently working on? I am currently working on a Kiowa Black Legging Warrior, which I hope to finish within the next few months. I also have a piece coming out of the foundry very soon that I am particularly excited about. It’s a cavalry officer during the Indian Wars making a charge with a saber in his hand. The horse is in full gallop with only one leg on the ground. What can we look forward to from you in the future? In the near future, I will continue to strive to create pieces that are better and better, in their portrayal of beauty and grace and detail. I have been approached about creating a monumental piece or two as well. What do you think about art's role in our lives? I believe art and the associated appreciation of beauty is inherent within the human brain. It is an element of the environment which we all crave because it makes us “feel good” when we see something that affects us. Because of this, art, in all forms, will be an important part of the human story until the end of time. 117
TIM WILSON GALLERY QUEENSTOWN, NZ New Zealand's most successful living landscape Artist invites you to visit Queenstown. And while you are here, stop by the best landscape art gallery in the country.
MICHELA CATTAI Michela Cattai is based in Milan and Venice. Following her graduation in Painting from the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice with Fabrizio Plessi, she started her research on glass by attending a Design course held by Ennio Chiggio, thanks to whom she understood the meaning of semantic and semiotic in the context of Italian design. In 1992, she founded the Galleria Michela Cattai in Milan, with the aim of building an important dialogue between art and design. Still bonded to Venice, she decided to deepen her study of glass inside the furnace, by experiencing for herself the Murano blown glass practice. She learnt the old renaissance techniques and the history of glass. Cattai developed her process and through a careful study of color and shape, she realized abstract artworks that have wrinkled models and different color shades. Her career built on creativity, continuous study and experimentation has been defined by the creation of artworks that summarize her history and her identity. The result of her most recent research is shown in the dialogue between glass and recycled materials, through which the artist not only goes far from the classical rules of working glass but also reflects her desire to draw the publicâ€™s attention to a global and very contemporary message. In this type of process the artist works with the awareness of respecting the world and creates works
that take responsibility for future generations. Michela Cattaiâ€™s artworks are presented in many international exhibitions and fairs, and are part of private and public collections. She collaborates as designer and art curator for the world famous house of Venini. www.michelacattai.it 119
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Veilhan to Dan Graham are exhibited. In 2017, he began a series of collaborations with Daniel Buren with whom he has conceived hotels, cinemas and public art projects. Most recently, Ora ïto has signed a tram way in Nice and the new Marseilles metro for Alstom, a sailing yacht with Perini Navi, a nomad and ephemeral AccorHotel as well a highend electric bicycle named Angell. www.ora-ito.com | www.angell.bike 121
"If I am not alone with glass in my studio, I am working with it in a classroom with students. The material is always there... I don’t approach making from a need to sell direction. I’m making it to be enjoyed and am grateful when people are moved to own it. ”
WEIVRETNI TSITRA POT
Nathan Sandberg is an artist and educator based in
hung out in the darkroom and poked around in trays of
Portland, Oregon, USA. From OnGrade Studio he
chemicals developing photographs. This early behavior
produces work for exhibitions and develops fresh
continued through college where I eventually earned a
curriculum in kiln-glass. He has established himself
BFA in Glass and Ceramics, with a good understanding of
as one of the top kiln-glass educators of the day and
photography, from the Southern Illinois University-
his artwork can be found in collections worldwide.
Carbondale. After a few years working as a full-time glassblower I took a job in the Research & Education
Tell us about yourself and your background.
department at Bullseye Glass Company where I
Curiosity about materials and processes has driven
investigated the materials we were producing as well as
me since before I was aware of it. I’m 41 years old and
developed curriculum to teach.
can remember a time when I was a youngster, digging clay out of the banks of Lake Erie and firing it adjacent
Tell us about your work and style, why it is unique?
to a campfire. During middle school, I would attend
I have experience with a variety of glass-working
summer sessions at the local community college to
disciplines and am able to draw on all of them for any
learn about computers and ceramics. In High School I
given project. I routinely take what I know about 123
glassblowing and translate it to kiln-glass.
part. I don’t approach making from a need
This works well in reverse too, and helps
to sell direction. I’m making it to be
my work stand out. Making unique work
enjoyed and am grateful when people are
is important to me and is sometimes
moved to own it.
challenging when you consider that
"I’m inspired by the built environment both for what it looks like and what it represents. I can’t help but pay attention to the fine details of how our world is connected."
glassmakers have been sharing a set of
What are your sources of inspiration?
very old techniques seemingly forever.
I’m inspired by hardworking people with original ideas that are dedicated to their
Tell us about your process and what do
craft and those who have come before me
you feel when you are creating?
and managed to make amazing objects of
For better or worse, I have many ideas
glass, clay and metal thousands of years
and projects in process at the same time.
ago. I’m inspired by the built environment
If I am not alone with glass in my studio, I
both for what it looks like and what it
am working with it in a classroom with
represents. I can’t help but pay attention
students. The material is always there.
to the fine details of how our world is
Once the beginning of an idea has formed,
and it could come from anywhere, I need to at least poke at it immediately. I’ll run a
Why are you attracted to glass?
test, make a sample, perhaps a foam
I’m honestly not sure I have a choice in
model or even a list of words, but rarely a
the matter. We get along really well. The
drawing and rarely do I want to know
exactly what the work will look like
connection, as a material, to science,
before it is finished. That develops during
industry and art is very intriguing and
the process of making, and is the exciting
inspiring to me.
Tell us about some of your achievements. My greatest achievement has to be the fact that I have managed to build a recognizable career on and around glass. I am very proud of the fact that I have a studio to create and teach in, a house to live in, and a somewhat stable domestic life that includes a supportive, loving wife who is an artist. Tell us about some of the themes you have explored. As an observant person I am captivated by the accidental arrangements of form, color and surface that exist within our built environment. While making works in kiln-glass to celebrate these mundane details I started thinking about making work that could potentially cheer people up or at least distract them from their personal situation for a few minutes and give them a bit of relief. So, I began drawing from the acute understanding of glass that I had been building. I started exploiting some of the more formal, seductive qualities of the material. I also started thinking practically about HOW people live with what I create. What are you passionate about? I’m passionate about decency and equal rights and opportunities for everyone. I’m also passionate about working hard with my hands and doing the best I can no matter what the job is. I’m equally passionate about being innovative and never feeling like my ideas came from someone/somewhere else. I also like growing vegetables. Tell us about some of the feedback you typically receive. Regular feedback includes complimenting me on original designs and appearances, an elevated degree of quality craftsmanship, and a good understanding of color. For a while, I always heard that my glasswork looked more like other materials than glass. This was never an objective of mine but was something that I believe came from having a near simultaneous experience in art school learning about glass and ceramics. What are you currently working on? I am currently focused on fortifying and sustaining my studio practice while I figure out how it fits in the modern world. I think I realized fairly recently that this is my career and our
"I am captivated by the accidental arrangements of form, color and surface that exist in our built environments."
lifestyle all in one. I like the challenges and variety that comes with living as an artist. On any given day I could find myself wearing a wide range of hats, sometimes all at once. Some that fit well, some that I’m excited to try on, and some that I can’t believe I even own! 127
What can we look forward to in the future - what directions will you be exploring? I had an exhibition in early 2019 that was a significant change of direction for me and I’ve been busy with other projects since then. I’d like to spend some time with what remains of that, very formal, work and let it evolve a bit. Conceptually, I’m interested in questioning what naturally occurring means. I also learned that apparently there are no right angles in nature and that seems like fertile ground for exploration ripe with potential content.
"Conceptually, I’m interested in questioning what naturally occurring means. I also learned that apparently there are no right angles in nature and that seems like fertile ground for exploration ripe with potential content." 129
Tell us about your location and its influence on your work?
"Art is more important now than ever in the world."
While I don’t knowingly refer to it in my work, the natural landscape here is amazing. The thing about this
How you want your art to affect the world?
location that I do think informs my work is the large
I think the world needs more one-off, unique instances
number of creative people trying to do something
of beauty rather than mass produced attempts. I want
similar. The strong sense of innovation, making, creating,
my work to be visually interesting enough to catch a
growing and building that exists in this region is
viewer and hold them for a minute or two. I’d like to
enhance their life on some level. Maybe this momentary instance of beauty brings a bit of
How do you feel about art and its role?
joy to their day. Maybe it teaches something that
I wish more people could appreciate art, and live with it.
broadens their understanding of the world. Maybe I can
Art is more important now than ever in the world.
even spark their curiosity enough to inspire them to go
Somewhere within the topic of art lives beauty, which
out and begin creating something. From another
the world absolutely needs more of. The idea that most
perspective. I am aware of the resources and energy that
art doesn’t do anything and is expensive, and takes up
go into glass production and how it contributes to
space stands in the way of many people being able to live
climate change. There is also the fact that what I make is
with it. That said, people need to be able to take the time
going to be on the planet forever. While quality has
to appreciate it. Many of us are handcuffed by the
always come before quantity, I do feel as if I could make
struggle to simply survive that we never get to enjoy
fewer things and still feel satiated.
anything authentic anymore. Art should give us a chance to relax, take a break, think and escape… dream.
"I find it hard to imagine anyone who doesn’t wonder at the beauty of a rainbow in the sky, it’s something universal.... My work is anchored in a belief and a trust of all that is good, seeking to embody wholeness and connection."
WEIVRETNI TSITRA POT
Shoreham based artist Louise V Durham has worked
only to move to another boat community in Shoreham by
with glass for the last 15 years. Her work is
the sea in the year 2000. These communities have been a
influenced and inspired by her love of gardening and
great inspiration in my life, I now live a few minutes walk
the beauty that is found in connection, be that with
from the Shoreham houseboat community, its the kind of
other humans, plant life or nature in general. Both
place that’s very difficult to leave. There's the natural
the materials and the content of the work speak of
beauty of the place and that of the people too, a place
the light that ignites all living beings, she aims to
where people know how to pull together, and who on the
nudge us to live naturally, remembering kindness to
whole share common values. I didn’t get a job as a
each other and ourselves.
therapist until many years later but instead set up a charity “Moor Arts” with the aim of providing creative
Tell us about yourself and your background.
opportunities to people experiencing mental health
I was born in Johannesburg but raised here in the UK.
problems and learning disabilities.
I trained as an Occupational Therapist after travelling in my early twenties. I didn’t really want to be a
During this time I took a part-time class in stained glass,
therapist, but I was heart broken from the break up of
and that's when it all began. Initially I was no good at it
my first love and kind of stumbled into it knowing only
from a technical point of view, but I loved the process so
I wanted do something, anything meaningful. I lived on
much and could usually fall back on the materials enough
a canal boat in London whilst completing my degree,
to make a nice enough piece to give to someone for a 133
birthday present, so I just kept
afield in the Middle East and Australia.
making. I had a few exhibitions with my glass work in Shoreham and
Tell us about your work and style,
Brighton, and then the sculptures
why is it unique?
For many years I have had a daily prayer or just reminder to myself “I
"An act of handing it over to Trust, knowing that all will become clear and surrendering to the fact that life isn’t always easy or straight forward and nor should we expect it to be." 134
The sculptures are a co-creation with
offer my power in the service of Love".
my craftsman and wonderful partner,
I say it most days, in fact it’s the
Chris, a plantsman, fine artist and
nearest thing I have to a spiritual
generally phenomenally talented kind
practice. If I haven’t said it already I
of guy. He had found an interesting
always say it, at least in my head when
piece of timber that already had a
I get to my glass cutting table. It’s
brilliantly shaped hole in it. I made the
something I started doing when I was
glass to fit, we worked out the logistics
in a tight spot in my life. When I
took lovely photos, made another 5 or
realised that life felt much better and
6 and had an exhibition in our garden.
had more meaning if I dedicated my
They sold like hotcakes. A year later I
actions and my being to Love. An act
was ready to give up my therapy work
of handing it over to Trust, knowing
and we have both been making our
living solely from the sculptures since.
surrendering to the fact that life isn’t
always easy or straight forward and The vast majority of our business
nor should we expect it to be.
comes via a strong online presence through our website, Facebook and
You get to a certain age where all the
Instagram, selling predominantly in
difficulties that came your way make
the UK and USA, and many other
sense, we can not have the light
places throughout Europe and further
without the shadow, but we can be
"My work also includes simple symbols - the heart, the star, the rain drop / leaf shape, I suppose when we use these kind of shapes we are directly communicating something about what we all innately seem to understand."
very clear about our intentions. My work is anchored in a belief and a trust of all that is good, seeking to embody wholeness and connection. So this is the essence of my work, and work to me is all of it, the glass, the housework, parenting, gardening, the photography, the yoga practice - its actually all the same thing. When I’m able to be fully present with any of these areas of my life, magic happens, I just know what to do. So there it is, my stained glass practice is just that, a practice, I just keep making what comes through. I try not to interfere too much on an intellectual level, I mean if I did I would never have been able to put myself out there as an artist at all, I would still be condemning the first piece I ever made. I never thought I would make my money as an artist, but people just liked it. I think there is something in the pieces that I make that speak of vulnerability, my style has a simplicity, a childlike charm. An obsession with including all the colours, it speaks of wholeness. Once I have the whole spectrum of glass laid out on my table I feel there's a healing vibration in that, it just makes me feel better somehow. I find it hard to imagine anyone who doesn’t wonder at the beauty of a rainbow in the sky, it’s something universal. My work also includes simple symbols - the heart, the star, the rain drop / leaf shape, I suppose when we use these kind of shapes we are directly communicating something about what we all innately seem to understand, our connection to each other, our connection to nature, ourselves, and the universe and beyond. 135
Why are you attracted to your preferred mediums? I never tire of the alchemic relationship between light and glass. The reflections being as beautiful as the piece itself, or maybe even more beautiful. I'm not your usual stained glass artist, its an exact art form that is really for the perfectionist. I’m the opposite, I'm an imperfectionist, and I think that that is part of my work. Eager to move away from straight lines and traditional ways of working within this medium I found my circles, my curves, my wonky lines and there I stay. Maybe the glass work is not as flawless as you would find in a church window but when the light shines through, the wonky line is no longer an issue, the colours just come alive and we can appreciate what is seen. This is how I feel about us imperfect beings, at the end of the day we all have the same hurts and insecurities, its just whether we are given the opportunities to let our light shine anyway. The search for perfection is a pointless and impossible task, we are not perfect and neither are we meant to be. If we can just view the world through a different lens it can all change before our eyes. Glass gives me this moment of magical transformation. Tell about your achievements and notable projects. What comes to mind when I read this question is not any particular major exhibitions and wonderful commissions, though I have had those. But the thing I feel most proud of is the greenhouse Chris and I made together last year at our allotment. The brick base was already there from 50 years ago, falling apart but still there, a foundation on which to build a dream. Chris made the wooden frame and I recycled all the old glass from the derelict corpse of a thing we inherited, by heating the water on a fire washing them down and cutting each piece to fit. It was a big job, but we’ve used the same skills we use to work on the sculptures to create it. Now its filled with tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines, figs, peppers, chillies and a great deal more to feed ourselves now and way into the future. That to me is more meaningful than any prestigious show or award, its giving us freedom and beauty and self -
"I never tire of the alchemic relationship between light and glass. The reflections being as beautiful as the piece itself, or maybe even more beautiful." 136
sufficiency. It’s always about making beautiful spaces, growing plants / food / family with us, we seem to do pretty well with it all. I go to our allotment every day; it’s a place where we can forget all about the terrible things that are happening in the world, naturally social distance and grow our food and flowers, yes flowers, that’s another part of what we do, we grow a silly amount of dahlias mainly. It great, we’ve done the flowers for many a friends wedding. As far as my achievements with the glass work goes, it has been our deep honour to make many memorial pieces and even a few head “stones” for graves in Germany. I was also asked to make a piece encasing some of the ashes of my friend's father. The ashes formed a very subtle, delicate constellation-like shape onto the clear glass, the actual ash is hardly visible but mysteriously woven into the fabric of the glass. When I worked as a therapist, it was mainly with the elderly. I was fascinated by the care we give to those who are at the end of their lives, it often feels that we are removed from this natural process. There is much taboo around death in our society. It is of course, very painful to imagine life without our loved ones but we need to accept there’s nothing we can 137
"Stained glass historically has a sacred essence with its place in our churches and I embrace this fully." do about the fact that we all die. I hope that my death
Growing our own food, planting trees, supporting
will be one that unites people, and creates an
projects and charities that are really making a difference.
opportunity for more Love to grow between people who
We all need to take more personal responsibility for
might not have got to know each other if they didn’t
what we have created as a nation and a global
share a love for me. There is beauty in our departure
community. It’s so easy to feel disempowered, people
from this earthly place, it’s not easy to see through the
have been dulled into a false sense of reality where an
eyes of grief but it’s there. I definitely feel the presence
individual is powerless against the status quo, but we
of my loved ones who have passed over, I feel their
mustn’t underestimate the difference an individual can
support and love in the memories I hold in connection
with my daily life. The fact that I can make something for someone that might make them feel some comfort and
The world can seem pretty bleak right now; reading the
closeness to their loved ones gives me a real sense of
papers, listening to the news, not knowing what story to
satisfaction. Stained glass historically has a sacred
believe in the first place as we are doubtless only being
essence with its place in our churches and I embrace this
told one side of anything anyway. I try to move away
fully when it comes to these special pieces.
from all of that, it only messes with my head. Whilst I know my core truth inside, all individuals are created
What are you passionate about?
equal, we need to look after our planet and do what we
I am passionate about living, about living well and
can to restore its health, and that whatever the question,
learning to live better and about passing this on to the
Love will hold the answer. So whilst I respect anyone
younger generations. For me this means taking more
who goes out and stands up for our rights and tries to put
responsibility to create the world we want to live in.
things right, my way is to create something different, and
offer what I can as the individual I am. Support the bees by growing as many flowers as possible, support our family by growing the food that we eat, this for me is empowering and making a difference. I truly believe we need to simplify our lives, stop taking from the earth and start really nurturing it, stop being such a selfish race, always striving for more and start making moves in our communities here and now to create something better, something much more whole and something we can actually pass down. Tell us about some the feedback you have received. I do have many messages of thanks and appreciation but seeing as it arrived on my doorstep this morning I will share an extract from a letter from a friend, I had sent her one of my hearts in the post. In her letter she wrote “Your art work really seems to Hail the Divine, both externally and internally and I thank you so much for the reminder to be grateful.” What are you currently working on? My main project at the moment is a 13 piece commission for a Sausalito Houseboat in California. This as you can imagine really ticks my boxes, loving houseboats as I do. I started 2020 with a yoga retreat with one of my best friends, Yvonne Coomber a painter and all round wonderful woman. In our blissed out yoga-ed state we sat and chatted, somewhere in that she realised that my initials spelt out the word LOVED if you added the O and E. It seems pretty apt so Chris has created a little LoVeD logo and right now its a bit of a focus to bring that in where we can, somehow incorporating a little LoVeD stamp onto the sculptures and working it in with future works. How does your location influence your creativity? I live on a strip of land between the river Adur and the sea in Shoreham. We bought our home when I was pregnant at the beginnings of our family days. My son was born in this house, and 14 years later, every day I rejoice at the beauty that's around us. In the summer months the sun sets over the river and we watch it most evenings from our back doorstep or our bedroom. The beach is 2 minutes walk, always reliably there for when I need to stomp or jump in and and refresh. Shoreham was the hub of the film industry from 1914 for a decade, it was the place to be if you 139
"Once the pieces are made, it is common to see Chris and I running down to the beach, lugging great big sculptures to the river bed to catch the light before it goes. It’s magic when the conditions are right and we know we have captured something special." were an up and coming actor, it was chosen for the
you are making in big batches it offers the opportunity to
wonderful light and big skies, it still holds this magic. The
work in a more meditative state, I love making little
work is completely a product and an expression of this
packages for people and sending them out on mass.
wonderful place, the wood used for the sculptures are old
All artists will say that something changes when it
groyne timbers (sea-defence wood). Whilst not exactly
becomes “work” but I think there's nothing to stop you
found on our local beach but bought from timber
making it “play” again, for me that comes from making
merchants, this is wood that has been weathered and
what I make as a gift again. There may be a monetary
shaped from decades of the sea moving around it. Once
exchange that happens but I still hope that the person
the pieces are made, it is common to see Chris and I
receiving feels the Love that I pour into all the pieces I
running down to the beach, lugging great big sculptures
make, be they 6cm or 6 feet in size.
to the river bed to catch the light before it goes. It’s magic when the conditions are right and we know we have
I was joking before the lockdown how my life had got too
captured something special.
geographically small, I mean I was either at home, at my studio 5 minutes walk away or at my allotment another 2
How has the Covid pandemic influenced your work?
mins walk away from the studio. For the first 6 weeks I
As soon as I first learnt how to cut glass well enough I
worked in our workshop shed in the garden where I used
started making little hearts. Now, there are probably
to work before glass became a means of making money,
around 2000 of these hearts out in the world and in so
so life got a little smaller. I didn’t mind that. I also
many different countries. When the pandemic craziness
welcomed the opportunity to have unlimited time with
began I retreated to my garden workshop, leaving my
my family, and not have anything at all written on the
shared community studio. We had sculpture commissions
calendar, an open invitation to hang out at my allotment
to work on but that all felt too big and besides working
and explore quiet, explore calm, sleep well, eat well and
with wood dust is no good for the lungs so we really felt
work. Then yes, I started to miss my freedom, missed my
to look after ourselves and do what was manageable.
parents and going dancing, seeing my friends, hugging my
Everyone was in a state of shock, I felt I wanted to reach
friends, but the worst thing of all has been not being able
out to as many people as I could, so I made a rainbow
to be natural with the children in my life. The really little
heart design and put it out there, within 24 hours I had
ones who don’t understand what all this nonsense is
over 100 orders. People needed to feel the Love. When
about, literally having to back away from them while they
"I am an optimist in these crazy times, a sensitive soul who believes deeply in the power of Love and Beauty, that to see beauty in this world and each other we can learn to Love." ask for a cuddle. I mean that’s heart breaking. We
Art has an incredibly important role in all this as well,
have a lovely 2 year old neighbour who was used to
both the making of and the appreciating. We need
coming round and hanging out with us, suddenly that
more space to express ourselves as we have all been
had to change and for him, that was impossible to
through something extraordinary, a time of difficulty
understand. So we made Sunday afternoon Puppet
holding within it some golden nuggets, the seeds of
Shows over our dividing wall, that was nice, finding a
possibility for change.
way we could connect without touching. Once we find a way, us humans are good at adapting.
I am an optimist in these crazy times, a sensitive soul who believes deeply in the power of Love and Beauty,
The years since I turned 40, have definitely been
that to see beauty in this world and each other we can
richer, on all levels, and with it geographically smaller.
learn to Love again. In these times of incredible
I no longer have the wanderlust I had throughout my
separation emerges a solidarity and dare I say “Up-
life and just want to be home. By home I mean within
rising”, I don’t mean this in the revolutionary sense
the kilometre that holds my home and garden, my
but in an evolutionary way. If you look at the youth of
studio space and my allotment. This lockdown time
today (or at least the ones I know) you have to believe
has taught me I don’t need to fill my life so much, that
the worlds in safe hands. I mean the technology is
we don’t need to be together to be together. Its been a
there to make a better future right? Now it just takes
wonderful time for examining and extracting from our
more people to make the right decisions for the
lives what is not essential and what we could chose to
collective, I have to believe that this is part of a
change for good. Now there is such a high level of
process of humanity waking up and eventually
anxiety for people; coming out of lockdown seems in
learning how to do things another way. Let’s hope
some ways more daunting than going in. It's going to
people don’t have to press the snooze button too
require a lot of sensitivity and tolerance, vulnerable
many times, we need to wake up now.
people are going to need a whole lot of support. www.louisevdurham.com
INSIDHERLAND PRESENTS THE NIEMEYER II The Niemeyer II stool is a curvy
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complement the rounded shapes
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are influenced by the remarkable
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that could have been true. She
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NIKOLA-LENIVETS The largest art park in Europe
Nikola-Lenivets is the largest art
landscapes for 10 years before he
appeared on the land, which marks
park in Europe. It is located around
was inspired to place his artworks
the beginning of Nikola-Lenivets
a tiny village in the Kaluga region.
and installations in this area. In
There, right under the open sky,
order to attract new creative
a collection of works of modern art
forces and expand the audience, in
Nikolay Polissky creates all his
and architecture has developed.
2006 he created the Archstoyanie
works together with the society of
Nikola-Lenivets is 650 hectares of
festival there, which attracted
artists - Nikola-Lenivets Crafts.
land open for creative experiments
other artists and the attention of
He calls them his co-authors and
and the search for innovative
the general public to the art park.
explains that without their help,
solutions in various fields - from
nothing would have happened. The
art to eco-farming. The park hosts
After years of studying the Nikola-
team follow him wherever the
the creation of objects by artists
Lenivets area through painting,
artist and his village assistants are
and architects of the highest
Nikolay Polissky suddenly came up
invited. Nikolay Polissky and the
international level, and by local
with the idea of 'entering the
Nikola-Lenivets Crafts artists have
residents. The founder of the park
landscape'. By presenting a huge
together created key projects in
is the artist Nikolay Polissky.
army of snowmen on the snow-
Russia, in many European cities,
covered bank of the Ugra River, he
across Asia, and they represented
The artist who made Nikola-
decided to turn their stand into
Russia at the Venice Biennale of
Lenivets famous, Polissky visited
reality and asked the locals to
Architecture in 2008.
the place of power for the first
make two hundred pieces. In 2000
time in 1989. He then painted oil
that first great project, Snowmen,
"My interest is time, how the past and present mingle, each affecting the other. Overlaying ink/ink wash drawings on transparent Gampi paper allows me to explore that mingling in a visual way. Each drawing is an experiment and a discovery."
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Pamela Anne Axelson was born in Abilene, Texas on
Barcelona. She received her BFA at San Francisco Art
November 19, 1950.Â As a child she lived in Payette,
Institute in Painting and Sculpture in 1972. She has
Idaho, Butte, Montana, Morrill, Nebraska and
worked as a marble worker, welder, arts educator and
Granada Hills, California (LA).
nurse practitioner. She received her MFA from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts in 1988 and
As an adult she has lived in San Francisco, Chapel Hill
MSN from UCSF School of Nursing.
and Carrboro, North Carolina, and Plainfield, NJ. She currently lives and works in San Francisco. She lives
Tell us about yourself and your background.
with her partner Don Dahlstrom. She has worked as
I grew up in the rural west and have lived almost all of my
an artist since 1967 with studios in San Francisco,
adult life in urban settings. I have traveled across the US
Chapel Hill, Brooklyn and Hoboken.
by car and train 6 times using the central route, the southern route and the northern route. I have traveled
She has two children, Eliza Axelson-Chidsey, a
through the North East and on to Newfoundland twice. I
Brooklyn-based designer, and Gustav Axelson-
have traveled to Peru, Chile, Mexico, British Colombia,
Chidsey, an educator and explorer living in the city of
Ireland, London and Spain. I have done many backpacking 147
"A dialogue between the wash and the lines develops slowly, some merge or overlap, some remain isolated. The drawing tells me where to go next." Tell us about your process. The drawings start with the laying down of lines and ink washes in the space of the page (5'x5' or 6'x6') to see where the drawing wants to take me. A dialogue between the wash and the lines develops slowly, some merge or overlap, some remain isolated. The drawing tells me where to go next. There is no "idea" for the drawing, just this process. I feel scared, stupid, excited, edgy, angry, disgusted, inspired, doubtful, challenged, fulfilled; there are periods when I do not like the drawing. Sculptures begin with a thought like "I've always wanted to make a mountain to be able to touch it and to see inside the mountain." Then I choose a material like steel, clay, wood, wax, steel boxes and begin to make the forms that will make up the piece.
trips on the west and east coasts, hiking to high altitudes above timberline, to see the barren rock of alpine areas, to what feels like the top of the world. I have always liked rocks and mountains and dirt. I have read widely about the Neolithic and humanÂ evolution, trying to understand what we have been, where we have been, how we have been. Tell us about your work and style, why is it unique? My interestÂ in space, line, ink and ink wash, and transparency have allowed me to develop a method of drawing that layers ink/ink wash drawing done on semitransparent gampi paper so one can partially see one drawing through another. Parts of each drawing are retained, creating a drawing removed from the intent of either. The drawings allow exploration and surprise discoveries. My sculpture involves the assembly of forms only related to one another by their final installation as one piece. With the drawings and the sculpture
organization of multiple separate parts, using numbers and grids. 148
What are your sources of inspiration? Light moving on water, earth formations, sedimentary forms, tree branching, maps and geography. Neolithic ceramics, cave paintings, stone age tools, xray images, and many artists. To name a few: Agnes Martin, Richard Serra, Gary Kuehn, Eva Hesse, Alberto Giacometti, Eduardo Chillida,
Magdalena Jetlova. Materials that inspire me include stone, wax, clay, steel copper, skin. Why are you attracted to your preferred mediums?
"The sculptural mediums I use have durability and allow for decay and change under environmental influences. Most allow for direct and spontaneous forming."
Ink, Ink wash allows for mark making with transparency within the marks and overlay which retains the residue of the first mark laid down. The gampi paper is very skin-like. The sculptural mediums I use have durability and allow for decay and change under environmental influences. Most allow for direct and spontaneous forming. Tell us about some of your most notable projects. In the early 1970's I began a rock-making project which involved gathering different colored earths from places in the bay area which I layered into bags and pressed in a charcoal heated press to make the walls of a cave representing the historic and emotional and psychological parts of myself. In the 1980's I made an outdoor clay piece 149
composed of 88 individual clay figures made on a hillside above an arced drop off, all focused on a spot in the future. The piece remained on its site for over a year and was never damaged. In the 1980s and early 1990s I built a number of forged and welded vertical steel pieces, considered The Forest along with smaller pieces The Grasses. One group show I helped organize was titled Random Sequence Response where the artists made pieces that were designed and installed to interfere with each other, to intrude. Starting in the late 1990s I began a piece made up of numerous artichoke heart jars containing memory elements which are stored in stackable steel and wire open boxes creating the 3d sense of memory as one looks through the layered jars. Most recently I am finishing The Mountain, made up of 512 stacked clay cylinders arranged as a cube of 8 cylinders wide by 8 cylinders deep by 8 cylinders high in the order in which they were made suggesting geologic sedimentary history and evolution. Tell us about some of the themes you have explored. Layering as a representation of time. Transparency and overlay as expression of time. The impact of vertical density on the space between forms. Loss and rediscovery over time, transformation of memory. What are you passionate about? I am passionate about the earth, the passage of time, the branching of trees, the flow of rivers, artifacts hidden in the earth/how time buries history, especially human history. Also... assemblies of sculptural form. Tell us about some of the feedback you've received. People often say the drawings expose emotion and psychological depth. They find the drawings beautiful, mysterious, spacious, compelling, unique. People often ask how and of what the drawings are made. People enjoy hearing the stories of how the assembled pieces are made. People often comment on the work as being distinct and a very different approach to art.
"People often comment on the work as being distinct and a very different approach to art." 150
What are you currently working on?
and constant change of the immediate
I am finishing The Mountain 512 clay
environment around the Noonan
cylinders. I am finishing another of the
building and along the SF Bay
large transparent ink and ink wash
drawings. How do you feel about art and its role
"I will continue to evolve the ink, ink wash drawings. I may use more color in both the drawings and the sculpture."
What can we look forward to next?
in the world today?
The next stage in the sculpture after
I feel that making and seeing art of all
the Mountain will be The Forest. I will
continue to evolve the ink, ink wash
experience inspiration and surprise in
drawings. I may use more color in both
the absence of financial value, in the
the drawings and the sculpture.
absence of consumption. Art is a gift
to life, not a commodity but an Tell us about your location.
experience allowing for new insight.
My current studio is located at the
Art may be more important to
Noonan building at pier 70 in San
people's lives now than it's ever been.
Francisco on the southern waterfront. It is right in the middle of a huge
How you want your art to affect the
construction site with mountain-sized
piles of dirt, large rectangular holes,
I want it to draw them in and to show
road construction, and in a dynamic
them something they have never seen
process of change. I have a visceral
before, to inspire them in some way,
response to the dirt and constructionÂ
to let them visit me on the inside. 151
"I feel that making and seeing art of all kinds allows many people to experience inspiration and surprise in the absence of financial value, in the absence of consumption. Art is a gift to life, not a commodity but an experience allowing for new insight." 152
"I want my art to draw the viewers in and to show them something they have never seen before, to inspire them in some way, to let them visit me on the inside." What has the Covid pandemic meant to you and how has it influenced your creativity? The COVID pandemic has given me a different sense of space and time and human interaction. I have felt sad, fearful but also a sense of a significant change we are passing through. It has intensified the work on The Mountain, pushing me to finish this complex of cylinders during this time, organizing and numbering and firing the final pieces. The piece has become part of the COVID era even though I started it 5 years ago. It's resolution, its resting place is in this time. The drawings I am finishing during this time are different spacially and in their density. www.pamelaaxelson.com
"My distinctive style is created from blown glass, fused glass, and metal. I create larger-scale sculptures, typically for the wall. I enjoy the juxtaposition of using these mediums: the way the strong, industrial and durable nature of metal can work in harmony with the fragile, organic nature of glass.”
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Bonnie Hinz lives in the upper Midwest of the USA
“regular career” and became a legal assistant. I worked in
She creates distinctive sculptures from blown glass,
a law firm, but realized that I didn't like sitting at a desk all
kiln-formed glass, and metal. She combines these
day, and my need for being creative started to resurface.
materials into exquisitely integrated designs.
I then worked as a residential interior designer for several
She has created many commissions for residential,
years. However, that still wasn't fulfilling my “itch” for
commercial and healthcare settings around the US.
creativity. My interest in glass began with stained glass. But after a
Tell us about yourself and your background.
while, I yearned for something more dimensional. I then
I have always felt a deep need to create, and this has
saw an exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art
been an integral part of who I am as a person. As a
featuring the wonderful glass sculptures of Dale Chihuly.
child, I was constantly making things, and came from a
I was amazed and intrigued. I watched the videos at the
family that if you needed something, you made it. My
exhibit, and thought it looked fun and dangerous. I found a
parents encouraged me, and I was not afraid to tackle
local college that was offering glass blowing classes and
any creative endeavor. As I grew older, however, I
signed up on a whim. I got hooked. I completed all the
began to neglect my creativity. I felt like I needed a
glass blowing classes, and then after some soul searching, 155
"My designs swirl with layers of arresting hues. An integral part of my work is the sinuous line. I will often sketch out a spontaneously fluid design, and then translate that into metal" 156
decided to build my own glass blowing
lightness. My intuitive use of color and
studio. After making vases and bowls for a
space comes from my years of working as
time, I decided to start creating larger
an interior designer. My designs swirl
sculpture. I loved the combination of glass
with layers of arresting hues. An integral
and metal and thought that would be the
part of my work is the sinuous line. I will
framework upon which to create larger
often sketch out a spontaneously fluid
work. A friend taught me how to weld, I
design, and then translate that into metal.
joined the local Guild of Metal-smiths, and took blacksmithing classes to learn the
Tell us about your process and what do
basics of metalworking. I also began
you feel when you are creating?
working in fused glass at that time.
All my sculptures begin with a sketch. Someone once told me, “if you can't draw
Tell us about your work and style.
it, you can't make it.” All the mechanics of
My distinctive style is created from blown
the piece are figured out on paper before I
glass, fused glass, and metal. I create
begin. Once I have the full-scale drawing
larger-scale sculptures, typically for the
complete, I then begin the metalworking.
wall. I enjoy the juxtaposition of using
After the metal is finished, I then make
these mediums: the way the strong,
the glass, either by blowing the glass or
industrial and durable nature of metal can
fusing it in a kiln. I am regularly going back
work in harmony with the fragile, organic
and forth between metalworking, glass
nature of glass. I enjoy combining the two
blowing, and glass fusing, which keeps
things interesting. While creating my art,
designs. Even though my sculptures are
because I am introverted, I enjoy creating
made with metal, they have a sense of
my artwork completely by myself.
What are your sources of inspiration? Nature is what inspires me most: the line of a gracefully bending blade of grass, the shape of a seed pod, the colors in a flower, the coiling tendrils on a grapevine. Why are you attracted to glass as a medium? I love that the possibilities of glass are endless—there is always more to explore. I am consistently fascinated by its magical transparent nature and the interplay of light, shadow, texture and color. Tell us about some of your achievements and notable artworks? I have created many site-specific commissions around the United States, mostly in the healthcare industry, but also in commercial, hospitality, and residential settings. I am most proud of the work that I have in healthcare settings, as art can be a healing influence. If my artwork can bring even a moment of joy, hope or even distraction to someone who is hurting, then I feel it is successful. Tell us about some of the themes and concepts that you have explored. I am continually exploring the expression of nature's beauty - how nature and abstraction can interact with each other and the patterns they create. I love the graceful free-form curves and fluidity of the lines found in the natural world and incorporate these into my work. I have also explored the interpretation of movement and simplicity in the human form. What are you passionate about? Outside of art, I am most passionate about finding homes for shelter dogs. I have volunteered at the local Animal Humane Society for many years, helping at their fundraising events, and assisting people in finding the perfect dog for their family, which is immensely satisfying. Tell us about some of the feedback you typically receive. Many times when we are installing artwork in a commercial setting, people will come by, stop and stare with their mouths agape, and say “WOW that is amazing!” This is really
"I love that the possibilities of glass are endless—there is always more to explore."
fun for me to hear! People often assume that a man has fabricated the metal for me. When I tell them that I made the whole thing by myself, they are surprised. People that have commissioned my work often tell me after the installation that it is better than they had envisioned.
What are you currently working on? In between the commissions on which I am currently working, I have been experimenting with a process that involves eco-printing. This involves taking leaves that I collect from my neighborhood, placing them between sheets of paper, and boiling them for several hours.Â This imprints the dye from the leaf onto the paper, which conveys a painterly effect. I then transfer this image to glass, and create collages from these images, at times also weaving in messages of reflection. The goal of these collages is to inspire people to be present in the moment, to slow down and take a mindful look at the natural world around them. I want to remind people to really pay attention and see the beauty in the ordinary, and as they are observing, to pivot from the tensions of the day and to breathe in nature and be revived.
"I want to remind people to really pay attention and see the beauty in the ordinary." 159
"There is so much negativity and division in the world today. I want my artwork to be uplifting, joyful and encouraging to those who view it. I want it to bring unity, have a healing effect on people and inspire optimism."
What can we look forward to in
How do you feel about art and its
role in the world today?
I will always be creating larger wall
Art rises above all the things that
sculptures. I welcome challenges
divide us and brings us together.Â
that encourage me to innovate, and
It is a universal language that can
am always striving to push the
bring hope and connect us. It can
boundaries of ideas and what I can
inspire society to cope with their
emotions and to identify with one another.
Tell us about your location and its influence on your work.
How do you want your art to
I am located in Minneapolis, MN, a
affect the viewer?
vibrant art community, which is in
There is so much negativity and
the upper Midwest of the USA.Â
division in the world today. I want
My husband and I enjoy walking
my artwork to be uplifting, joyful
through the many wooded areas
and encouraging to those who view
around our home with our dog.Â
it. I want it to bring unity, have a
My favorite place to be is in our
healing effect on people and
gazebo, which overlooks a lake and
woods. This is the place where I can stop, contemplate and imagine new ideas for my artwork.
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HE WAS THE MOST INFLUENTIAL GLASS ARTIST IN CALIFORNIA. In Memory. September 1, 1938 â€” January 15, 2016 Marvin Lipofsky, 77, renowned San Francisco Bay Area teacher and sculptor who worked with glass, died of natural causes in January 2016. Mr. Lipofsky was born and raised in Barrington, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, where his parents Henry and Mildred Lipofsky owned a small department store. He earned his BFA in Industrial Design, 1957-1962 at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, followed by an MS and MFA in Sculpture,
Madison. Mr. Lipofsky was among the first students to work with Harvey Littleton, the celebrated founder of the American Studio Glass movement, at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Immediately upon graduation, he was hired by the University of California, Berkeley to build and direct its glass program, where he taught until 1972. Teaching full-time, he developed the glass program at the California College of Arts and Crafts (now the California College of the Arts) in Oakland where he remained until 1987, when he left to work full time in his studio in Berkeley until his death. In addition to his daughter Lisa Lipofsky-Valenzuela, Mr. Lipofsky was survived by his grandchildren, Briana & Antonio, his sister Barbara Marsh, and his good friend, Jeanette Bokhour. Mr. Lipofsky's work was prized for its rhythmic forms and complex concave and convex shapes, which suggested both abstract and organic sources. Glass was his chosen medium of artistic expression and passion. A consummate colorist, and fine artist, Mr. Lipofsky took great advantage of the chromatic possibilities of working with hot glass. He was dedicated to honoring the artists who worked with him and the places where he made his work. Celebrated for his working method, Mr. Lipofsky regularly traveled to glass workshops around the USA and the world (he visited 30 foreign
countries, including Bulgaria, China,
Museum of Modern Art, the St. Louis
Israel, New Zealand, the Soviet Union,
Museum of Art, the National Museum of
and from coast to coast in the USA; he
Modern Art in Kyoto, Los Angeles
taught over 300 workshops around the
world), where he gathered the raw
Metropolitan Museum of Art in New
material for his pieces, worked with local
York, the Renwick Gallery (National
sculptors and their students in their hot
Museum of American Art) Smithsonian
shops, observed local communities and
Institution at Washington, D.C., and the
traditions, and then returned to Berkeley
MusĂŠe des Arts Decoratifs in Paris,
to assemble his final objects.
among many others. The recipient of a
Lifetime Achievement award from the Mr.
Glass Art Society in 2009, he was also
ambassador for sculpture in glass, often
the subject of a retrospective exhibition
naming groups of works that resulted
at the Oakland Museum of California in
from his voyage for their place of origin,
for example, the Stockholm Series (1989) and the Kentucky Series (2000).
A founding member of the American Studio Glass movement, he was the
Mr. Lipofsky's work was widely exhibited
most influential glass artist in California.
and collected. It is included in the
Marvin Lipofsky was a formidable
permanent collections of the Corning
character and leader in the close knit
Museum of Glass, the Museum of Art
and Design in New York, the Oakland
Museum of California, the San Francisco
"My work expresses my emotions about the fracturing and dislocation of what we are doing. So I break up the image and show the cracks, the glitches, the damage that we live with day-to-day.”
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Karen Olsen-Dunn is an abstract realist painter
Tell us about yourself and your background.
known for using color as structure for her high-key
I wandered from Canada to England, France, Egypt and
colored landscapes and prints.
back to England before finally settling in San Francisco. I discovered painting in 1999 while on a sabbatical from
Silicon Valley and from there grew to being a full-time
painting/drawing, and digital media with post
visual artist. I get so much strength from being a painter
graduate course work in printmaking. She received
and printmaker. It centers me, helps me concentrate and
her MFA from California College of the Arts in
cut through all the extraneous noise and entanglements
2007 and BA in Psychology from San Francisco State
of life. When I finish a piece I get such a sense of
accomplishment from completing a work - it sustains me.
She has shown her work in numerous exhibitions and
Outwardly I’m happy! Inwardly, not so sure. I laugh a lot at
art fairs locally and nationally and teaches various
the absurdities around me - of people and the world - and
methods of Modern Lithographic printmaking and
remain grateful that I’ve had an amazingly long term
Image transfer in her studio at Pacific Felt Factory
relationship with somebody I still love and find funny.
and at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley.
I love my son, and my dog. 167
"The result is a rich, layered, complex image of color and pattern a woven story where some parts of the world are recognizable but others are pixelated, nonsensical, and unknowable."
Tell us about your work and style, why is
natural world. When I take a direct
photograph of landscape it’s naturally
I combine the traditions of painting with
beautiful, but what is obscured is the
the ever-changing techniques and tools of
action of the human race. We are not
this heavily technical digital world.
adding, we are subtracting, be-spoiling
I carefully interweave acrylic paint with
our landscapes with building, drilling,
photographic imagery that has been
mining, forestry. My work expresses my
transferred from film to a prepared panel
to create a collage. I’m drawn to heavily
dislocation of what we are doing. So I
saturated colors. I use a transfer process
break up the image and show the cracks,
because it drops the full load of the
the glitches, the damage that we live with
pigment directly to the substrate; using
pigment as though I’m using paint. The result is a rich, layered, complex image of
The physical process entailed in my work
color and pattern - a woven story where
is to first prepare a panel surface with
some parts of the world are recognizable
layers of gesso and sand it to an
but others are pixelated, nonsensical, and
extremely smooth finish. I then add paint
layers in between, transferring chunks of photographic material from film using an
Tell us about your process and what you
acrylic solution. While working I am
feel when you are creating?
enervated, deep in concentration, lost in
My subjects are landscapes and the
time to the rhythms of the process.
What are your sources of inspiration? Colors and patterns are my inspiration. The palettes of a David Hockney or Matisse paintings, wide ocean vistas such as the Mendocino coast, textile patterns of everyday fashions, native plants and flowers, all help to inform my work. When I see colors and patterns that speak to me, I feel light and airy, the rhythms make me want to move, to dance, and to create. Why are you attracted to your preferred mediums? Acrylic paint is so rich and jewel-like in itâ€™s plasticky texture... The image transfers are immediate, recognizable, and allow a form of expression like all collage does, that is to say, itâ€™s a form of automatic editing. I only put in the pieces I like and any extraneous material is left out, resulting in a piece that is complex, vivid, and alive. Tell us about some of your achievements and notable projects. Five of my paintings were recently purchased by a donor for the newly built Sutter campus of the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. My work was featured in the Spring issue of Verdad Magazine an online magazine of art and literature. See www.verdadmagazine.org I will be an artist-in-residence for 3 months at the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California from September through November, 2020. I will create a new body of large scale prints based on my fractured landscape series of paintings. Tell us about some of the themes you've explored. As a visual artist, how do I protest and express my dismay at the loss, the fracturing, the fragmenting, the dismantling, the absolute assault on natural resources? It leads me to exploring the ugliness that can coexist with great beauty, the sense that no beauty is fully complete without flaw. There is always
"It leads me to exploring the ugliness that can coexist with great beauty, the sense that no beauty is fully complete without flaw." 169
"To live without over-thinking without the intricate webs of explanation, opinion, and argument!" an undercurrent of incompleteness, of darkness, however concealed. I use high-key, garish, multi-tonal colors that donâ€™t follow the normal chromatic rules of the natural world. Oceans are pink, trees are red, lakes are electric green, skies have triangles, reflections are refracted. Paintings are cut, layered, and reassembled out of order with paint and photographic materials. What are you passionate about? Living life without the extraneous constructions that blind us to the clarity and simplicity of lifeâ€™s energy. To live without over-thinking without the intricate webs of explanation, opinion, and argument! Getting rid of the extraneous, to be kind, to do no harm, to love what I do. 171
"When I see colors and patterns that speak to me, I feel light and airy, the rhythms make me want to move, to dance, to and create."
"My studio is in the Mission District in San Francisco California. The energy, multidimensional culture, and vistas of the city still energize me. I live surrounded by the ocean, in city enveloped by the natural world." What can we look forward to in the near future, what directions will you be exploring? I’m looking forward to the world opening up, being able to travel, getting inspiration from landscapes beyond California. I’d love to do a lot more sculptural work using paper and prints - taking over a room with a slew of ideas that includes multiple types of media - digital, analog, using hands and machines. I would like to do paintings that have more than four sides - sculptural panels that express landscapes in a new way. Tell us about your location and its influence on your work. My studio is in the Mission District in San Francisco Tell us about some of the feedback you typically
California. The energy, multidimensional culture, and
receive from people that discover your work.
vistas of the city still energize me. I live surrounded by
When people walk into my studio in San Francisco they
the ocean, in a city enveloped by the natural world.
invariably comment on how bright and colorful the works are. They say the studio filled with my work makes them happy. I’ve even had couples come in during my Open Studio walk-throughs and take photographs of themselves with my work in the background. What are you currently working on? During shelter-in-place I’ve been working on a series of collaged prints that start out being assembled on an iPad and end up as 18x24 monotypes on Japanese washi paper. The imagery is typically botanical, wild animals, and birds that has been sourced from collections in the public domain. The subjects are highly abstracted and cut up and then reassembled to create a new image in garish saturated colors. There’s always a message to these prints, either obscured or blatantly in the title such as, “Birds Know the Truth: Changes are Gradual in Any Movement”. 174
"I want the viewer to look and look again and see things that look familiar and yet are confounding."
How do you feel about art and
What has the Covid pandemic
its role in the world today?
meant to you and how has it
I feel as an artist that I have a
influenced your creativity?
responsibility to take a personal
I’ve been very creative and
stance on the current zeitgeist.
much more vocal about issues
To use my art to express my
than ever before in my work.
thoughts and feelings about the
chaotic changes that are all
terrified, and sad moments
where I know the world will
never be the same after this
How do you want your art to
period. I think of my 19 year old
affect the viewer?
son and how the world is now a
I want the viewer to look and
scary place for him to navigate.
look again and see things that
This past month I had to say
goodbye to my brother in
confounding. I want them to see
Canada on Facetime because I
could not be there in person as
composition but also have a real
he suffered from a stroke. I truly
sense that not everything is as it
feel for families who have had to
should be, that there is danger
do the same as their loved ones
beyond or at least a real sense of
were dying of Covid-19 in
"I would call my work Mysticism, a bit Surreal in nature, as I draw my images from a dream state (imposed). I have no preconceived idea of what a painting (or a sculpture) will be until I begin working.â€?
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Joe McGee, b. 1954, in Louisville, Kentucky, USA,
Tell us about yourself and your background.
graduated with honors from the University of
I received my BFA in Sculpture in 1986, from the Hite Art
Louisville in 1986, with a BFA in Sculpture, receiving
Institute, University of Louisville, Kentucky. I was 25
a Winthrop Allen Award in his senior year.
years old when I went back to college for a Fine Arts Degree, and had worked in construction until that point.
In the 30 plus years since graduation, McGee has
I had no idea what being an artist was, I just wanted to be
maintained a constant biennial solo exhibit schedule
one. I have been making my art now on a daily basis since
of both his 2D and 3D art, showing mostly in regional
the mid 1970s. I always had to have a day job to support
universities. He also has participated in many group
my family, but found I could set evening hours to work in
exhibitions over this period. McGee was awarded an
my studio (right behind my house) to hone my craft.
SAF/NEA Fellowship in Drawing in 1988, and a KY Arts Council Professional Assistance Award in 1993.
Tell us about your work and style, why is it unique? I would call my work Mysticism, a bit Surreal in nature, as I
His artwork can be found in many private and public
draw my images from a dream state (imposed). I have no
collections in the region.
preconceived idea of what a painting (or a sculpture) will 177
be until I begin working, either in frequent
stopping a session. The next time I come
early morning sessions or my now
into the studio, I decide if my previous
decades habit of evening sessions in my
session was good or bad. If not, I will go
studio, which is located right behind my
back into the work, often many times in
the days that follow. I do know when a work is finished, and will then let it rest.
"I feel fortunate to have my art, it keeps me balanced. The hours I spend on my craft give me great satisfaction, a sense of purpose... what more could one ask for?"
Tell us about your process and what you feel when you are creating.
What are your sources of inspiration?
I sit for a moment looking at my painting
I am a lover of Ancient Arts, my art heroes
wall where the canvas hangs, drink a beer
are from the Archaic Greek and Egyptian
or two to find a relaxed state (in my
periods, from other past cultures I have
evening sessions), listen to music (mostly
studied in detail, not so keen on Modern
Rock from my youth in the early 70s).
Art though of course I am part of it. I read
Then quickly, I get up from my chair and
World History each day, a dedicated
begin putting paint onto the canvas, just
library patron here in Louisville, KY. The
like that. I feel something come from
folly of mankind plays out over and over
within, I seem to pull images out of a
to this day. I donâ€™t watch TV much. I like to
mental rolodex in my mind. I will paint,
go out in nature daily, watch the clouds.
continuously stepping back to look at the
That sort of thing.
attacking the surface again and again.
Why are you attracted to painting as
Action painting! Only at the end of a
your preferred medium?
session will I tie together a story perhaps
I had been hurt (lower back) for many
that has appeared in a given work before
years, and have focused on painting as a 179
preferred medium almost by necessity. Spinal surgery last summer has eased this pain, perhaps I may indulge in 3D soon. But, even while an art student, I always worked in both 2D and 3D mediums in my work. I feel confident in both, and for me it seems to keep the ideas flowing from my mind. Tell us about some achievements and notable works. Oh, after all these decades of making art, two large concrete sculpture commissions I did for the Brown-Forman Corp., at their Woodford Reserve Distillery located in Versailles, KY, stand out and give me a sense of accomplishment. For the cast concrete sculptures (a KY Mother Figure in 1996, and my homage to the Horse, the figure cast in 2002) will be there for many years after I have left. In 2018, I showed my paintings, along with Textile Artist Penny Sisto (she is an amazing spirit and artist), in a 2-person exhibit honoring the life and work of Thomas Merton, the famed Trappist monk/mystic/author who spent half of his life at Gethsemani Abbey, located just below Louisville. The exhibit was at Bellarmine University, where Mertonâ€™s huge archives are housed. Merton of course, has influenced many, including me, with his teachings of Compassion and Self Introspection in matters of Faith. Tell us about some of the themes and concepts that you have explored. Looking back, I seem to have repeated a handful of themes (working in year-long cycles) over the years. The Mother Figure (Earth) appears on a regular basis in my art. I often work around the concept of death/rebirth and the Mother Figure has become a sort of deity for me. Other themes I repeat are Floral works and Equestrian works (this is Thoroughbred Horse country here in KY of course, I have long been around the horse and the industry for many years here in Louisville). And then, there is the Cult of Frida Kahlo, of which I am a longtime card carrying member! She is my muse! What are you passionate about? The Earth, my Family, my Art! But more than that, this shared experience as human beings on this planet gives me voice to
"Viewers like my use of color, and the movement of my brushwork, and the connection to their own lives they might interpret in my storytelling, the shared human experience."
share my stories through my art. Tell us about some of the feedback you typically receive from people that discover your work. Viewers like my use of color, and the movement of my brushwork, and the connection to their own lives they might interpret in my visual storytelling, the shared human experience. 181
What are you currently working on? I was involved heavily in a 3 year project (2015-2018) leading up to the 50th Anniversary of the death of Thomas Merton. I immersed myself in his writings, in particular his Journals. I only did art based on my interpretations of his life, his teachings leading up to the December 2018 event. This was a very intense 3 year period for me, one of selfcontemplation. I was drained after the conclusion and the exhibit. Since the conclusion, I have left Merton, waiting for another theme to emerge. Frida Kahlo has appeared again. And I drifted back into Equestrian Art and Floral Works as of late. But, I have yet to latch onto a definitive theme, just do whatever pops into my head! I am happy! What can we look forward to in the future – what directions will you be exploring? I’m getting older, mid 60s, I will just keep going on with my art, painting in particular. As I have recovered somewhat from my back injury over the last months, I would like to do some sculptural work again soon. We’ll see! 183
"I like to think of my stories (my paintings /sculpture) as a conversation with all who share this world along with me. We are strangers of course! But that is OK with me, for it must be so. If my conversation is one on one, or to a mass audience, it makes no difference. For I have spoken and I have listened to the response."
Tell us about your location and its
art. Art, the expression of our inner
influence on your work.
thoughts, the visual retelling of the
Well, KY is about Bourbon and
world we see, we share, has been
Thoroughbred Horses, Louisville big
there for a long time. Just put one’s
on both as we are home to Churchill
ideas on the wall of a cave or
Downs. Louisville is a funny place,
something. Now, we place images
sort of South, but more Liberal in
on a phone for others to see, but
politics and social views. Founded
isn’t it the same thing! Art defines
early in our nation's history, we sit
How do you feel about art and its
mass audience, it really makes no
role in the world today?
difference. For I have spoken and I
As humans, it seems we must make
have listened to the response.
on the Ohio River, which was the Mason-Dixon Line, the
How do you want your art to
line that separated the South and
affect the viewer/ world?
I like to think of my stories (my
Louisville, just big enough a city, is
paintings/ sculpture) as an ongoing
pretty diverse in its people and
conversation with all who share
thinking. I was born here in 1954,
this world along with me. We are
and have lived in Louisville all my
strangers of course! But that is OK
life. It’s a good homebase!
with me, for it must be so. If my
conversation is one on one, or to a
"I love being the link between art, astrology, and spirituality. Through my painting, writing, and astrology practice, I see myself as a channel that connects people to their own personal power."
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Narayana Montúfar is a San Francisco-based
Tell us about your work and style, why is it unique?
abstract artist and astrologer who finds inspiration in
I came to art through astrology. I always loved art, but it
the symbolic language of astrology. In her process,
wasn’t until I began to work with my birth chart that I
she visualizes how the energy of zodiac signs,
realized the creative potential within me that was begging
planets, and astrological aspects translates onto
to be explored. This astrological influence set the tone,
paper and canvas in the form of richly colored and
not only for the style of my work and inspiration behind it,
textured abstract paintings.
but also for my process, which is closely tied to the neverending ebbs and flows of the planets and the influence
Tell us about yourself and your background.
they have on us here on Earth.
I am originally from Mexico City, where I was exposed to art at an early age through my family. But back
Tell us about your process and what you feel when you
then, my appreciation for art was always as an
outsider, as I never attended art school or was
As a painter and astrologer, keeping up with what’s
interested in making art. It wasn’t until my eighth year
happening in the astral plane is of second nature, as I
of living in San Francisco that I began a deep spiritual
continuously strive to materialize the famous motto: “As
journey, which eventually drove me to explore
Above, So Below.” I time my process with what is
painting, originally as a self-discovery and healing
happening in the sky to channel its vibe and meaning in
the form of color, shape, and texture. When I am creating, 187
"I time my process with what is happening in the sky to channel its vibe and meaning in the form of color, shape, and texture." I tap into a side of me that I canâ€™t otherwise access, as I enter a meditative state of peace, and a feeling of oneness with the universe. What are your sources of inspiration? My biggest source of inspiration is exploring the cosmic dynamics that not only affect us as a society, but that also live inside of us as we each create a unique relationship to them. I am fascinated by the wide variety of ways we humans approach our connection to the universe; and how realizing this is the key to unlocking its power and reaching that ultimate
empowerment. This human-cosmos connection is the driving feeling behind my art. Why are you attracted to your preferred mediums? My favorite mediums are ink on paper and acrylic on canvas; which are on opposite sides of the spectrum. I enjoy painting with ink on paper when I am in the mood for a dynamic and fast-paced process that creates a bright and eye-catching look. With acrylic on 188
"I am fascinated by the wide variety of ways we humans approach our connection to the universe; and how realizing this is the key to unlocking its power and reaching that ultimate state of selfdiscovery and selfempowerment. This human-cosmos connection is the driving feeling behind my art."
canvas, the process is much
slower and meditative as I
patiently work on a painting
I love being the link between
for many days, letting each
art, astrology, and spirituality.
layer dry before adding the
Through my painting, writing,
next one to get a deeper and
and astrology practice, I see
more mysterious look.
myself as a channel that connects people to their own
Tell us about some of your art
personal power. I love creating
something beautiful out of
Becoming a self-taught artist
nothing, whether that is filling
feels like my absolute biggest
a white canvas with a colorful
achievement because I always
knew that the classical way of
information to light, or helping
learning would not apply to
someone turn an insecurity
what I wanted to do with my
into a strength. I am passionate
creativity. I only began taking
about helping others manifest
my art practice seriously at the
the best possible reality they
end of 2017, and by February
can imagine for themselves.
of 2019, I was invited to form part of my first gallery show
Tell us about some of the
with two other female artists.
feedback you typically receive
And in the summer of 2019, I
from people that discover
presented my work in the San
Francisco Castro Art Walk for
When people discover my
two months in a row!
work, they say they love how vibrant and expressive it is,
Tell us about some of the
often admitting it makes them
themes you have explored.
feel happy and even want to
Using geometric forms and
smile. Some astrologers that
distinct, solid colors, I created
have been looking for art that
a Sixties Nostalgia Series in
truly reflects what astrology
which I delved into the concept
means say they are glad to
of reminiscence for bygone
have finally found it. But even
eras as a way of resurrecting
those who are not that well-
the past. I also created a
versed in the language often
method for visually translating
like what they see, as this
visual expression helps them
certain planetary alignments
better understand the overall
through a more fluid and
feeling of what is currently
spontaneous process. These
happening in the sky.
fluid paintings help the viewer connect with the larger cosmic
forces affecting us all, and that
otherwise would be difficult to
I am currently fully immersing
myself in a newly launched 191
"I love creating something beautiful out of nothing, whether that is filling a white canvas with a colorful composition, bringing vital information to light, or helping someone turn an insecurity into a strength."
"I mostly try to create momentary joy and happiness through vibrant colors and light compositions. But sometimes, what’s behind the painting is a call for inward observation; which is normally induced by intense patterns and dark palettes." product called Birth Chart Painting. Although the idea had already been sparked by an artist friend of mine, it wasn’t until one of my clients requested hers as a commission, that I dared to paint someone’s astral DNA. Although it was a bit terrifying at first, I found the process quite fascinating, as it blends both of my passions in a unique and personalized product that people can truly enjoy as they connect to the uniqueness of their chart. What can we look forward to in the near future, what directions will you be exploring? To me, being an artist means constantly exploring other mediums as well as concepts. For a while, I have been considering playing around with cyanotypes as well as site-specific installations. Both concepts seem quite interesting to me from the process perspective, and I think that when mixing art with astrology, installations could really help create a time and space experience that would help the viewer better understand the complex way in which astrology works. Tell us about your location and its influence on your work. San Francisco has had a huge influence on my work in the sense that creativity can be found in many different forms, coming from people of many different places and backgrounds. Originality and inspiration can be found everywhere; and what’s most exciting to me is how artists here are usually collaborative and willing to help each other along the way. I also find the San Francisco art scene exciting in the sense that most artists here are spiritually woke, as well as interested in playing a meaningful role in our society. 193
How do you want your art to affect the viewer? When I create my art, I do it hoping that the feeling I was holding at that moment of conception translates into the painting to invoke a certain sentiment in the viewer. I mostly try to create momentary joy and happiness
"Every time I create, I do it hoping my creations provoke a moment of stillness and contemplation."
through vibrant colors and light compositions. But sometimes, whatâ€™s behind the painting is a call for inward observation; which is normally induced by intense patterns and dark palettes. Either way, every time I create, I do it hoping my creations provoke a moment of stillness and contemplation. What has the Covid pandemic meant to you and how has it influenced your creativity? Even though the pandemic has been a time of great sadness, for me, it has been a time of huge transformation, which I believe is being reflected in my art. I have also noticed people responding more positively to art and even being more interested in buying art; perhaps because it is one of the most underestimated forms of healing. In a way, this has been a window of time in which my creativity has been given more room for play. www.naramon.com 195
We know some parts of the country have opened up,
ballet, theater, and opera; plus almost boundless
but San Francisco is still unable to welcome visitors.
outdoor adventures, San Francisco justifiably stands
We look forward to doing so one day soon. We know
out as one of the ultimate must-visit cities on any
you miss San Francisco. Truth be told, we miss it, too.
traveler’s wish list.
It may measure less than 50 square miles and have a
San Francisco is known for its scenic beauty, cultural
population that doesn’t even crack a million, but San
attractions, diverse communities, and world-class
Francisco justly ranks as one of the greatest cities in
cuisine. Measuring 49 square miles, this walk-able city
the world. Famous for grand-dame Victorians, cable
includes landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, cable
cars, a dynamic waterfront, and a soaring golden
cars, Alcatraz and the largest Chinatown in the United
bridge, this city truly has it all. With trend-defining
States. A stroll of the city's streets can lead from Union
cuisine ranging from Michelin-starred dining to
Square to North Beach to Fisherman's Wharf,
outrageous food trucks; world-renowned symphony,
Japantown and the Mission District, with intriguing
"YOUR CITY IS REMARKABLE NOT ONLY FOR ITS BEAUTY. IT IS ALSO, OF ALL THE CITIES IN THE UNITED STATES, THE ONE WHOSE NAME, THE WORLD OVER, CONJURES UP THE MOST VISIONS AND MORE THAN ANY OTHER INCITES ONE TO DREAM." GEORGES POMPIDOU FORMER FRENCH PRESIDENT neighborhoods to explore at every turn. Views of the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay are often laced with fog, creating a romantic mood in this most European of American cities. The city has a colorful past, growing from a small village to a major city nearly overnight as a result of the 1849 Gold Rush. The writers of the “beat” generation, the hippies of the Summer of Love in the late 1960’s and the large gay / lesbian / trans/ bi population have all contributed to making San Francisco the fascinating place it is today. The city is home to world-class theatre, opera, symphony and ballet companies and often boasts premieres of Broadway-bound
performing arts. San Francisco is one of America’s greatest dining cities. The diverse cultural influences, proximity of the freshest ingredients and competitive creativity of the chefs result in unforgettable dining experiences throughout the city. San Francisco has well over 32,000 hotel rooms, from first-class hotels and ultra-chic boutique hotels to familiar names in lodging and budget friendly inns. The San Francisco Travel Association is the official destination marketing organization for the City and County of San Francisco. For information on reservations, activities and more SF insights, visit www.sftravel.com 197
SF ARTS SHELTER IN PLACE San Francisco is home to some of the finest artistic
Google Arts & Culture. This highly interactive and
and cultural institutions in the United States. It is
intuitive platform practically gives you a private
also a city where innovation and technology are as
tour of the world’s greatest museums.
much a part of the landscape as Victorian houses and cable cars.
SFMOMA, the Asian Art Museum, the de Young and Legion of Honor museums, the Walt Disney
When San Francisco’s museums and performing
Family Museum and the Chinese Historical Society
arts organizations temporarily closed their doors to
of America are also participating in the current and
help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, their
globally connected Instagram #Museumfromhome
drive to share and inspire kicked into the highest
phenomenon, which delivers works of art right to
gear. The result is a broad and colorful spectrum of
followers’ smartphones and other digital devices.
ways to experience the enrichment of San Francisco while sheltering in place.
The Contemporary Jewish Museum is also strongly participating in the #Museumfromhome, as well as
The de Young and Legion of Honor museums,
#jewseumfromhome via @jewseum on Instagram
SFMOMA, the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford
and Twitter. The Asian Art Museum is also actively
University and Alcatraz Island are all featured on
participating in #MuseumMomentofZen.
Frieda Kahlo and Diego Rivera courtesy SF MOMA
The Legion of Honor Museum - San Francisco The Legion of Honor, San Francisco's most beautiful museum, displays an impressive collection of 4,000 years of ancient and European art in an unforgettable setting. Built to commemorate Californian soldiers who died in World War I, the Legion of Honor is a beautiful Beauxarts building located in San Francisco's Lincoln Park. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Golden Gate Bridge and all of San Francisco, the Legion is most noted for its breathtaking setting. Its collections include Rodin's Thinker, which sits in the museum's Court of Honor, European decorative arts and paintings, Ancient art, and one of the largest collections of prints and drawings in the country. The Legion of Honor is part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Â 200
AIDA MULUNEH "WATER LIFE" SERIES
Internationally acclaimed artist
Her images express these harsh
Aida Muluneh was born in Addis
Aida Muluneh has presented her
daily realities, which affect not
Ababa, Ethiopia in 1974 where she
extraordinary 'Water Life' series.
only women's progress but also the
futures of their communities.
country at a young age and spent
The new series features 12 striking
an itinerant childhood between
pieces commissioned by WaterAid
Taking inspiration from traditional
Yemen and England. After several
with support from the H&M
ornamentation and body paint
years in a boarding school in
Foundation, and was shot in the
from across the African continent,
Cyprus, she finally settled in
extreme landscape of one of the
Saskatchewan, Canada in 1985. In
hottest and driest places on earth,
explored not just issues of water
2000, she graduated with a degree
Dallol, Afar, in Northern Ethiopia.
scarcity and ecological emergency
from the Communication Dept
but also the vital role of art in
with a major in Film from Howard
The powerful Afrofuturist artwork
University in Washington D.C.
responds to the urgent issue of a
represented in global media.
lack of access to clean water which
After graduation, she worked as a journalist at the Washington Post.
has a devastating impact on the
Commenting on her new series,
lives of women and girls. Globally,
Aida Muluneh said: "My main goal
Muluneh has been a jury member
one in ten people have no clean
in building this collection is to
on several prominent photography
water close to home and one in
address the issues caused by a lack
competitions most notably the
four don't have a decent toilet,
of access to clean water, and the
Sony World Photography Awards
causing diarrheal diseases that
impact that has not only on a
2017 and the World Press Photo
claim the lives of a child every two
society as a whole, but on women,
Contest 2017. In 2018 she showed
minutes. In Aida Muluneh's native
particularly in rural regions. We
"Being: New Photography 2018"
country, Ethiopia, the figures are
cannot refute that it is mainly
at MOMAÂ NY. She is the Founder
stark, with almost six in ten people
women who bear responsibility for
and Director of the Addis Foto
being denied access to clean water,
collecting water, a burden that has
Fest (AFF), the first international
despite the significant progress
great consequences for our future
photography festival in East Africa
made over the past 20 years.
and the development of our nation.
hosted since 2010 in the city of
My focus in this project was to
Addis Ababa. She continues to
Muluneh herself, while living in
address these topics without the
Ethiopia, has encountered streams
clichĂŠ that we see in mainstream
cultural projects with local and
of women traveling on foot and
media. In a sense, to advocate
international institutions through
carrying heavy burdens of water.
her company DESTA in Ethiopia.
"I want the viewer to relate to an image that contains something familiar, but also something beyond their daily experience: a journey that tantalizes with potential escape."
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Watercolor artist Cynthia Faw paints memories of
B.A. and Master of Architecture degrees, I managed the
voyages through both natural and imaginary worlds.
building design process for large commercial, civic and
A resident of Seattle, Washington U.S.A., Cynthia
corporate clients working with firms in St. Louis, Dallas
garners much of her inspiration from sailing on the
and Seattle. Ten years ago I refocused my priorities and
Salish Sea and visiting other lands around the globe.
have concentrated on painting full time.
Her marine landscapes and dreamscapes artworks are included in numerous private collections.
Tell us about your process and what you feel when you are creating.
Tell us about yourself and your background.
I begin by imagining the completed work. Watercolor, like
I was raised in Champaign, Illinois, a university town
Sumi-e painting, can be quite unforgiving, and demands
where the Arts were readily accessible. As a child I
forethought. I do, however, make allowances for “happy
delighted in train trips to see Chicago’s world-class
accidents”. Sketchbook studies help me to develop the
architecture. I decided in primary school that I wanted
composition, line, value, shading and hues. I spend several
to become an architect, because I enjoyed solving 3D
days working on these studies. Next I draw the image
problems. Painting and drawing were part of my
directly on watercolor paper. Adding a series of washes
undergraduate studies, a language for communicating
from lighter to darker tones fleshes out the image, to
my design solutions. I loved painting in its own right.
which I sometimes add drybrush strokes. It usually takes
After graduating from the University of Illinois with a
between a week and a month to complete a painting. My 205
colors are often more saturated than
is common, but I believe there is no
anthropology, and the insights gained
“right” or “wrong” way to use water-
have helped me better understand the
peoples I have met during my travels in 50 countries (so far). How a person
"My paintings tell stories from my observations and imagination that reflect how I visually process the world. I hope the viewer delights in my images and escapes their daily grind." 206
Describe the unique DNA of your art.
On its surface, my work is represent-
experiences and culture: none of us
ational marinescapes and landscapes,
see quite the same thing. My paintings
often with people, boats or buildings
tell stories from my observations and
associated with traditional activities
imagination that reflect how I visually
that transcend our current time.
process the world. I hope the viewer
I want the viewer to relate to an image
delights in my images and escapes
that contains something familiar, but
their daily grind, hearing the waves
also something beyond their daily
breaking on the shore or the call of the
experience: a journey that tantalizes
heron, feeling the heat of the noonday
with potential escape. Though most of
sun or the motion of a boat rolling on
my subjects are literal, sometimes I
skew the plane of reality a bit, using a bird’s eye view, or incorporating
How do people tend to react when
symbols from my pattern language.
they first encounter your paintings? They gaze for a while; my paintings
How do you want to impact viewers?
have a calming effect, portraying
I marvel at the world and its fantastic
people, creatures or natural features
diversity of peoples and creatures.
in a quiet state. People have told me
As an undergraduate I had the great
they find my images refreshing.
Direct us to your most notable works and why. I like to portray edges between things: sea and dry land, earth and sky, past and present. I’ve painted a series of views from lighthouses looking out to sea, incorporating remembered elements that aren’t necessarily real. I also enjoy depicting atmospheric images— portraying landmasses or boats through sea fog, for example. My “Anchorages” series of works was created to memorialize special places I’ve anchored in the Caribbean and the Salish Sea; these incorporate symbols from my navigation: compass roses and depth markings. Tell us about themes you've explored. I look at life as a voyage—coming from the known,
repeating it. The fact that I’ve sailed a small boat for 35 years contributes to my passion for voyaging; I enjoy both crossing seas and gunkholing where wild nature prevails. The themes of my work are greatly influenced by travel of all kinds: over land, across oceans, through time. Since I live at the edge of the sea, depictions of edges have a special place in my work. I am grateful to live near people who fish and build wooden boats, and I celebrate their crafts in my work. I also celebrate old-growth trees and the wild creatures that visit my home. What are you currently working on? I am currently working on a studio painting for myself: I have never expressly painted with myself as a client! Composed of individual panels, each depicts places and symbols from one branch of my Swiss immigrant family. There are landscapes, a falcon and peacocks (my name means peacock: Pfau). Since one of the peacock images is derived from a stained glass window, I’m using the opportunity to incorporate formlines.
"I like to portray edges between things: sea and dry land, earth and sky, past and present." 207
What can we expect from you in the future? I am planning a series called “Habitations”, exploring the dwellings of cultures different from my own Eurocentric heritage. What I’m seeking to portray is the light, air, comfort, privacy and intimacy of what makes a home. My Anchorages series has many more journeys to include. My purpose is to further develop my formline work and abstract symbols. More wooden sailing boats, fishing trawlers and workboats are planned. I also want to continue painting things that are endangered, such as: bridges, lighthouses, buildings, shorelines, creatures and forests—in the hope that viewers will feel moved to help save them. If I am able to cross the Atlantic again in 2021, my plan is to travel around the African continent, and I am excited just anticipating painting memories of new places. What attracts you to your current mediums? I’ve always preferred working in watercolor because it allows me to be both expressive and technical; watercolor sticks and pencils further extend my wetpalette range. Also, since I often include bodies of water in my images, water media seem appropriate. 208
"I think a better model would be for societies to nurture every person’s capacity to both appreciate and create art." What do you feel when you are creating? Pure joy! I’m challenged to become my absolute best self; continually invigorated and renewed. What are your views on art's role? I believe Art in all its many forms is (and has always been) Humanity’s highest achievement— but Art does not belong on a pedestal. The intensely human, cultural insights channeled through the arts are what matters. In some indigenous cultures, well-off tribal members spent large parts of their days creating art--supported by others who did the hard labor. This is still somewhat true. I think a better model would be for societies to nurture every person’s capacity to both appreciate and create art. Tell us about your location and how it influences your art. Relocating
deliberate act to embrace nature at my doorstep--offering me both subjects and inspiration. Seattle’s fishing fleet is docked a mile from my home studio. All my life I have also been drawn to the formline art of the Pacific Northwest's indigenous peoples, and I collect works by Coast Salish, Haida and Kwakwaka’wakw artists. 209
"I believe Art in all its forms is (and has always been) Humanityâ€™s highest achievementâ€” but Art does not belong on a pedestal. The intensely human, cultural insights channeled through the arts are what matters."
"I value centeredness and quietness—themes of my work" How has the Covid pandemic affected your creative expression and how has it changed you going forward? With my June show, travel and family visits all cancelled, I’ve had a surplus of time to devote to planning and creating art. I value centeredness and quietness—themes of my work—so I view this strange lapse of planned activities as a great gift of creative time. I recently painted 'en plein air' with a fellow artist and am encouraging myself to loosen up my brushwork. Perhaps the greatest change I have noticed in myself is a focus on my gratitude at simply remaining free and healthy when so many others have lost the gifts of life and liberty during these past three months. www.cynthiafaw.com 211
ANNIE TULL (ÁINE)
"I truly believe the human soul is at its most vibrant when it is in communion with nature, but we as a species have gone astray... we need to tune back into the rhythms of the earth and remember that we are part of a much greater whole."
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ÁINE is an installation artist, painter and designer
The connection between the human soul and nature is a
based in Northern California. Working in thread, oils,
key theme in your creations, tell us about this?
and other media, she explores the emotional effects
I truly believe the human soul is at its most vibrant when it
of light, color, form and space on the human psyche.
is in communion with nature, but we as a species have
By working in both two- and three-dimensional
gone astray. So many of the issues we face as a global
media, ÁINE reaches beyond the traditional art
community today stem from our disconnection from the
audience to inspire people in their everyday spaces.
land. In order to remember how we’re supposed to live, we need to tune back into the rhythms of the earth and remember that we are part of a much greater whole that
environments. Is fluidity central to your creativity?
is full of magic and beauty and harmony, but only if we participate as we are meant to.
Absolutely! My practice is largely about connecting with and conveying big ideas, in whatever form they
Your education covers both the fine art and interior
may take. Having the fluidity to experiment in
architecture lanes, how has that shaped your practise?
different media allows me to shift my perspective and
I now have the skills and expertise to conceive of art in the
approach a concept from a new point of view. I think
context of the built environment. I’m able to manage the
this is critical to being able to coexist within a world as
entire experience of my work, from conveying concepts
rich and varied as ours.
and sourcing appropriate materials, to actually building it 213
opportunities and be adaptable so that you can welcome
“I had to ask myself sincerely Who am I... The answer came through a sankalpa meditation: “I am Light.” it felt like a call to action, to use my art to bring light to a darkening world.“
in whatever the universe has to offer. You recently adopted an artist’s name. Tell us why and how will it further enhance your artwork and journey? 2020 is an auspicious year for me - it’s the year that has always stood for “the future.” I also turned 30 in February, and had to ask myself sincerely “Who am I, when it comes to standing for something in this world?” The answer came through a sankalpa meditation: “I am Light.” That
with my own two hands. My clients trust me to sculpt
rang so true for me; it felt like a call to action, to use my
their space into something that will enhance their daily
art to bring light to a darkening world. At the same time, I
use, and know that I will do it with full knowledge of
had begun intently studying the sacred traditions of the
building codes and best practices to ensure a fully
Celts in Ireland, a people whose very core tied them
functional, safe, and engaging space.
inextricably to the land. I wanted to take on a name that would remind me of this calling, so I chose the name Áine
Your practise serves traditional art audiences and the
(pronounced “awn-yah”), meaning “radiance,” after the
transitory through your 2D art and 3D installations.
Celtic goddess of love, protection, and fertility. These are
Was it an organic journey to this point or was it planned?
all qualities I hope to bring to the world through my art.
I would love to say that this was all part of a master plan,
but in reality, I’ve found my way simply by putting one
Your recent installation in Oakland, California received
foot in front of the other. This journey has essentially
a lot of major press - tell us about this project.
been made up of a series of decisions that each felt right
My first string installation came directly out of my work
in their time, and it’s just been a constant evolution to this
on Enlisted’s new office design. Throughout the process, I
point. I think it’s important to stay open to different
worked really closely with their founder, Beau Oyler. In
"My installations, ethereal as they may be, are there to hold space for the people and functions that occupy them." discussing how the best ideas “float to the top,” I started
Whether multi-layered and complex like Amazon’s Forêt
thinking about how one could activate the ceiling plane.
Moiré or the quieter elegance of “All That Glitters,” each
I pitched the idea of a multi-story installation that would
piece speaks to the unnamed yet intimate connection
serve as a metaphor for the team’s collaborative design
with our environment that we all intuitively seek.
process. Their logo was a knot, so string seemed like a great choice for material. It was a wild idea, but fit the
You are a Yogini (female master practitioner of yoga) -
company’s brand perfectly, and led to me single-handedly
how has this influenced your creativity?
installing 60,000 linear feet of paracord in a vintage
When I returned to painting in 2016, my practice was
building at the heart of Uptown Oakland!
deeply tied to meditation. Every week I would choose a crystal and contemplate its color in my third eye. I came
Your recent installations - at Amazon’s new video
out of these mediations feeling grounded, inspired, and
production headquarters and for a high-end residential
with a strong desire to paint what I had just seen. My
development firm - can you tell us about the benefits
paintings manifested as color fields undulating with light,
they bring to work and residential environments?
full of hidden depths and places for discovery. People felt
My installations, ethereal as they may be, are there to
drawn into them and could contemplate them for hours.
hold space for the people and functions that occupy them.
It was amazing to see these paintings that came out of my
They surround and embrace, and invite you to take part,
own meditation became the object of meditation for
to live in relationship with them, and to enjoy your own
others! That set the course for me to continue working
personal experience of them. In a sense, they are
from this place of sincerity inside of me. It’s a similar kind
placeholders for the whispering ways of nature that are
of alchemy with my installations, just on a much bigger
omnipresent, stunningly beautiful, but also background.
scale, and in a more immersive and encompassing way. 215
"People felt drawn into them and could contemplate them for hours. It was amazing to see these paintings that came out of my own meditation became the object of meditation for others!" 216
"They surround and embrace, and invite you to take part, to live in relationship with them, and to enjoy your own personal experience of them. In a sense, they are placeholders for the whispering ways of nature that are omnipresent, stunningly beautiful, but also background."
"Every week I would choose a crystal and contemplate its color in my third eye. I came out of these mediations feeling grounded, inspired, and with a strong desire to paint what I had just seen." 218
"Paintings and installations activate different parts of my brain and the flow back and forth between the two is balancing." Tell us about some of the different types of installations you have done. When I left the interior design world, all I wanted to do was work with my hands. There had been countless times as a designer that I would dream up something awesome only to be disappointed by the limitations of contractors. That was a major pain point for me, knowing that I had the potential to make a space shine, but wasn’t able to for reasons outside of my control. So I started calling my designer friends to let them know I was available for feature installations. This led me to some really varied projects in the beginning, like a “Cask of Amontillado”-inspired partition and an elevator lobby wallpapered with pages out of an Oxford English Dictionary. But my favorite installation medium quickly became string, of all kinds. I now mostly work with different types of yarn, cord and rope, each exploring a different use of the medium and achieving very different results. There’s so much potential with “string.” Who knew something as simple as a straight line, when repeated ad infinitum in space, could create so much complexity -- and beauty! Painting v Installations. How do you approach them, what are the similarities/ differences? Paintings and installations activate different parts of my brain and the flow back and forth between the two is balancing. When I start a painting, it’s very loose, usually just an initial outpouring of color onto canvas that then gets layered and refined and evolves organically. It’s the opposite with installations; they’re methodical, exacting and concrete. Initially, it’s all mathematical projections and studying the 219
way lines interact in three dimensions. Installing the work requires more brute labor than anything. It’s not until the end that I can step back and see how the single strand gives way to a vast and shimmering landscape, equal parts real and imagined. Ultimately, both media take me to the same place of stillness, and I’m glad to have different means of getting there. Tell us about your paintings. My paintings, though abstracted, almost always grapple with the relationship between untouched landscape and human projection. I’m fascinated by how humans connect with the world around them, both physically and spiritually, and this manifests itself in various ways in my work. With the “Intersections” collection, I explored what happens to wildly abstract colorfields when you frame and harness some aspect of them with straight lines. More recently, I’ve been painting the women of the world engaged in the act of merging with nature at a soul level. Namasté, Love embodies my message to the world as she addresses the flowers: “We are the same; the divine light in me honors the divine light in you.” I hope this imagery can inspire others to find the source of their own connection so that we may collectively return to an era of harmonious coexistence with the world we inhabit. How has presenting your work helped improve your understanding of connecting with potential clients? I’ve shown my work in so many different contexts over the years: coffee shops, arthouses, bars, festivals, retail stores, galleries, healthcare facilities, and corporate offices. What I’ve found is that art speaks to all kinds of people for all different reasons and the people who connect the most with my work won’t always be the ones who are in a place to buy it. I’ve also learned that there are different ways to understand the concept of “buying artwork:” There’s the literal translation of someone actually purchasing a piece from me and then there’s the more figurative sense of someone believing in the work I am doing because it has touched their soul. Ideally, you find clients that will buy your work both literally and figuratively, but it’s hard to say which is more valuable in the end. 220
"Try to zoom out. I find it fascinating that at the most micro level of molecular biology, everything is in chaos. But as you zoom out, things become more clear, and more peaceful." What can we look forward to from you in the second half of 2020 and into 2021? In the wake of the COVID crisis, I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of “shelter” and plan to experiment with outdoor installations as a means of reimagining how humans occupy our planet and coexist with each other and with nature. I’ve also got some fun ideas for bringing a multi-media aspect to my string installations! If you could have only one message to artists and non-artists alike, what would it be? Try to zoom out. I find it fascinating that at the most micro level of molecular biology, everything is in chaos. But as you zoom out, things become more clear, and more peaceful. The orders of magnitude lessen, and eventually - if you zoom out far enough all there is is blackness - total quiet, complete, unconscionable darkness. Try to zoom out from your own experience just a little, and see what clarity that broader perspective can bring. www.annietull.com 221
"I am a contemporary painter interested in the connections between modern life, historic and spiritual traditions. I am also committed to making work that evokes a strong emotional reaction in my viewer."
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Contemporary painter Lingling Zhaoâ€™s practice is at
viewer. I have always been interested in the visual world.
the intersection of modern painting, mysticism, and
I grew up in a small village near Chengdu, China and my
traditional Chinese iconography and philosophy
father was an architect. He had a vast collection of art and
luminously expressed in a series of unique imaginary
artifacts that I found deeply inspiring and I began making
worlds. As such, Lingling Zhaoâ€™s vibrantly colored
art when I was five years old. I went on to earn my BA
paintings offer stirring depictions of otherworldly
from the Northwest Textile University, Xian, China and
beauty, spiritual beauty and translucent treatment
also studied fine art at the Southwest State University,
of light and form, intended in part to act as a vehicle
Minnesota. Today, I live and work in Las Vegas with my
for enlightenment and self-discovery.
husband and my son.
Tell us about yourself and your background.
Tell us about your work and style, why is it unique?
I am a contemporary painter interested in the
First and foremost, I am a painter whose formal process or
connections between modern life, historic and
technique is informed by a spiritual outlook. I use styles
spiritual traditions. I am also committed to making
and images that seem to be in contrast to one another and
work that evokes a strong emotional reaction in my
intend to evoke emotion in my audience. My work is very 223
unique in the sense that it
What are your sources of
expresses a synthesis between
spirituality, feelings, emotions
inspiration comes from the
and imagination) and some
spiritual movement of our
very technical and intentional
processes. I blend motifs from
As Oliver Wendell Homes Jr.
realism, academic painting and
said: “A mind that is stretched
surrealism with those symbolic
by new experiences can never
vocabularies of ancient and
go back to its old dimensions.”
historic traditions from all over
I am inspired by the growing
the world. As well, my work
movement to search for a path
functions as a commentary on
contemporary life and the
through listening, using our
hearts and senses. Compassion
and love exist for me as vibrations within and express
Tell us about your process and
the evolution of the soul.
what you feel when you are creating.
Why are you attracted to your
My process starts in the
assemblage of elements that
I prefer oil paint for the unique
exist in my subconscious, e.g.
vibrant colors, and the slow
spiritual or mystical motifs that
dry and ease of use and
are forever in my mind. Much
control. As well, I like oil paint’s
of these images are triggered
transparency within deeper
by a near death experience
layers. The oil in the pigments
from my childhood. Namely,
reflects light and all angles
my work begins with my
beautifully. Pragmatically, oil
feelings and imagination.
paintings last much longer
Banyan Tree explores the
origins of humankind and our shared
Tell us about some of your
connectedness, and yet also
mirrors my own experience
My work has been exhibited at
My spiritually inspired work
a wide variety of museums,
functions to gently open my
galleries and cultural centers
audience’s hearts while at the
such as the Japanese American
same time allowing them to
Museum, Los Angeles. Desert
understand my message in
Oasis, Las Vegas. The Sahara
their own way. So while I use a
Library Gallery, Las Vegas. The
personal iconography, I hope
University of Costa Rica, and
the work is open ended enough
Gallery 416, Minneapolis and
to allow this perceptual space.
"My spiritually inspired work functions to gently open my audience’s hearts while at the same time allowing them to understand my message in their own way." As well, I love to complete commissioned projects and I am proud to say my work is held in private collections and on view at corporate collections. Other projects include my cover illustration for the book Presentation Techniques of Patterns Design by Shao Hua Lian, Hunan Art Publisher, 2005. Other special honors include the installation of paintings at the Spring Hill Suites Convention Center, Las Vegas, 2018, and at The USChina Cultural Association, Las Vegas, 2017. Last year, my work was published in a special addition of a magazine featuring one hundred Chinese artists living outside of China, published on 70th anniversary of the People Republic of China. Tell us about some of the themes and concepts that you have explored. The main theme of my work has been the intersection between the natural world and the spiritual realm. My paintings are realistic but express abstract concepts such as natural energy. As well, I am also drawn to the ideas behind quantum physics. I also like to refer to traditional Chinese art, primarily Chinese classical painting. What are you passionate about? I am passionate about expressing my spiritual journey through painting. As well, in many of my paintings I use the Ying and Yang symbol. Balance and harmony are important to my work and life. Tell us about some of the feedback you typically receive from people that discover your work. After exhibits, when I review the guest books, I read visitors’ messages and I feel particularly inspired by sentiments such as “This painting really deeply touched me”; or “I loved the philosophy behind this painting”. 225
"We go through these crises and rise to be stronger. My work will examine these troubling themes and continue to pair unexpected forms, evoking I hope emotion and hope in my viewers."
What are you currently working on?
for two years as a way of establishing
I am currently working on a group of
strong roots, only to suddenly in the
paintings entitled Raising Phoenix.
third year grow two to three feet per
day! I believe there is a lesson in the
canvases feature dark scenes such as
life of this plant that can apply to
different disasters, war, and even fire.
human life as well. We should focus on
But there is still hope after such
building strong foundations before we
events. We go through these crises
can take off and thrive. There is much
and rise to be stronger. My work will
to explore in this analogy and I am
examine these troubling themes and
excited to see where this takes me.
continue to pair unexpected forms, evoking I hope, emotion and hope in
Tell us about your location and its
influence on your work. Living in Las Vegas gives me a lot of
What can we look forward to in the
opportunities to be inspired and
near future, what directions will you
influenced by others. I am surrounded
by beautiful nature, fascinating shows,
I will continue creating inspirational
and interesting architecture. As an
painting that seek to touch the hearts
artist living in a relatively small
of my viewers. In my upcoming series I
community I find I have a lot of access
explore the phenomena of a particular
to see talent, including performances,
bamboo plant that grows very slowly
art and galleries. 227
"I am an emotional person and my work reflects that. My paintings are often inspired by real life events." How do you feel about art and its role in the world? I like to say that art is energy and vibration which motivates and inspires. Artists often create art to communicate with others, to share views, beliefs, and feelings. It is important because it can shape perceptions of current events as well as resonate on a more personal and intimate level. It is said that art is a mirror to society and the world is in pain. I believe artists have a significant role to play. Today more than ever the world needs balance and harmony to overcome current challenges. I hope that my art can offer reprieve, thoughtfulness, spiritual meditation and exploration. How do you want your art to affect the viewer? I am an emotional person and my art works reflect that. My paintings are very often inspired by real life events. For example my painting Old Women Praying responds to my trip to the country where I saw sorrow and grief (and hope) in the scene of local women praying while workers were re-building Kathmandu after the disaster. Similarly, my work Vegas Strong responds to the massacre in Las Vegas on October 17, 2017 and depicts 228
58 lanterns symbolizing the souls we lost that day. When this work was exhibited, people really seemed to bond with the work. This kind of reaction is really what gives me the inspiration to keep on making artwork. I want my work to have a deep meaning and make a real impact. I want my art to respond to the world today. What has the Covid pandemic meant to you and how has it influenced your creativity? Covid-19 pandemic had a profound impact on all of us. Over 90% of all artists have lost their income. Many museums, galleries and art institutions have closed, and some might not open again. The loss to our society will be immeasurable and can only be softened by government action. I hope there will be enough will to support our community. In terms of my own practice, the pandemic inspired recent work such as The Rise of Phoenix where the three dancers emerge from the disaster enriched by the experience. The beauty of their movement demonstrates their spiritual higher
"It is said that art is a mirror to society and the world is in pain.I believe artists have a significant role to play. Today more than ever the world needs balance and harmony to overcome current challenges." ground and the hope for a better future. In The Break, we see a masked baby in a nursery contemplating a scene of of surreal fissure. The pandemic is here to stay, and it will change our lives and our behaviors. And yet, as we accept this new reality of social distancing, constant protection, and quarantine, we still dream of freedom. www.linglingart.com www.greatspiritualgifts.com 229
"I combine abstract imagery, cartoon drawing, and geometric shapes and patterns with a touch of cubism and stir it all together. I leave it up to the audience to tell me what they see in my paintings.â€?
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"My name is Robert Owen Margetts and I enjoy
opening various franchise brands. One day I picked up a
dabbling in Cubism and abstract imagery. Iâ€™m just
paintbrush and started to paint. The rest is history.
your typical Canadian boy living and working in Dallas, Texas, paying taxes and loving life."
Tell us about your work and style, why is it unique? I like to combine abstract imagery, cartoon drawing, and
Tell us about yourself and your background.
geometric shapes and patterns with a touch of cubism and
I was born and at times housed along the riverbanks of
stir it all together. I leave it up to the audience to tell me
the great St. Lawrence River in Montreal until settling
what they see in my paintings.
into the quiet sanctuaries of foster homes on Prince Edward Island, Canada. At age 9, I won the lottery and
Tell us about your process and what do you feel when
was adopted by a family from New Jersey. I attended
you are creating?
boarding school in New Hampshire and graduated
I typically start with shapes in mind and figure out how to
from Tulane University with a BA in History. After
drop hidden images into all my paintings. Some of the
college I headed to Asia. For the next 30 years of my
imagery is obvious while others will take some time to
life, I lived the life of Riley bouncing all over the world
understand the meaning of the painting. I often put down 231
the canvas for days at a time and work on
famous. Consequently I really have no
other projects until inspiration hits me.
accolades or awards to boast about. I do have a few (105) websites and blogs
"I love bold colors and shapes. Something inside my head tells me to paint until the canvas is completely covered in wild patterns. I guess you could say that I am inspired by cartoons and comic pop art." 232
What are your sources of inspiration?
and have sold hundreds of paintings
I love bold colors and shapes. Something
around the world and have written and
inside my head tells me to paint until the
published a few books, but have never
canvas is completely covered in wild
had a showing inside some gallery.
patterns. I guess you could say that I am inspired by cartoons and comic pop art.
Tell us about some of the themes and concepts that you have explored.
Why are you attracted to your preferred
I originally started working with wood
carvings and that eventually led to
As stupid as it sounds, I couldn't afford
dabbling with acrylic paint. I thought to
the artwork that I saw in magazines and
myself, why can't painted wood carvings
knew that I wanted to decorate my house
be considered artwork and hung on walls?
in wild zany pop art. You might say that invention is the necessity of desire. In a
What are you passionate about?
perfect world, that statement makes
I am passionate about abstract art with
vibrant colors and bringing a smile to the average person on the street. Artwork
Tell us about some of your achievements
doesn't have to be dominated by the
and notable artworks.
experts and gifted artisans of the world.Â
That is a hard question to answer. I never
I think the average Joe with a little
started out to become an artist or even
patience and some spare time can create
thought-provoking imagery. And who knows, perhaps one day his artwork shows up in the Guggenheim Museum or in a landfill. Tell us about some of the feedback you typically receive from people that discover your work. Most of the people that have bought my work really like the pop-art feel and the vibrant shapes, patterns and colors.Â It's art that almost any person on the planet could paint if given the time and the fortitude to accept failure from time to time. What are you currently working on? I am still working on developing newer and more interesting abstract paintings with hints of cartoon and comic book art. I would like to continue with more superhero figures hidden inside some cubism paintings. What can we look forward to in the future, what directions will you be exploring? In the future, expect more abstract comic art and more hanging wood carvings. I don't know what direction I am going to take in the next 2-10 years. I paint and carve whatever inspires me at that time. Maybe I will go back to carving exotic pop-art painted dinosaur fish. Â Tell us about your location and its influence on your work. I live in Dallas, Texas and constantly travel to Austin to see my kids and check out the artwork. That city is full of fresh artists and great things to see, eat and drink. And yes, Texas has a lot of cows, boots and sport teams so there is plenty of things to inspire a new artist. How do you feel about art and its role in the world today? I have always loved art and was jealous of all those incredible artisans of the world that spewed talent without even trying. As I said before, since I couldn't afford to buy the things (paintings and sculptures) that I saw in store windows, art galleries, magazines and books; I decided to paint them myself. Art inspires everyone. To some, art is a movie or a poem and to others, art is life.
"I am passionate about abstract art with vibrant colors and bringing a smile to the average person on the street." 233
How do you want your art to affect the viewer? When people look at my artwork, I want them to be jettisoned back to their early years in life when everything they touched and painted was beautiful.Â I hope people smirk to themselves and say I remember painting something like that in elementary school. I hope it inspires new artists to try and put themselves out there. Everyone is an artist, don't be afraid to fail. Art should be something that you love to do and expresses how you feel inside.
"I have always loved art and was jealous of all those incredible artisans of the world that spewed talent without even trying... Art inspires everyone. To some, art is a movie or a poem and to others, art is life."
Biography I was born and raised on Prince Edward Island until being adopted by a great family in 1972. My brother and sisters and I moved to New Jersey; attended schools and universities and then headed to Asia to start my own business. I lived in Taiwan for 6 years before coming back to the United States in 1994 and joined the workforce. Working for numerous internationally recognized franchise brands for the next 20 years, I had the opportunity to travel the world, meet new people and get exposed
traditions and cultures. One night I woke up in my bed in Charlotte, North Carolina, picked up a paint brush and started to paint. www.robertmargetts.com www.batkar.pixels.com www.rmargetts.blogspot.com
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Hannah Gibson BSc Geology MA Glass Whilst studying Geology at the University of Edinburgh Hannah became fascinated by the mineralogy and the reactions between various elements, metals and compounds. This led her towards a passion for the alchemy of glass. Capturing
childhood, exposing hidden narratives, through cast sculptural glass stands at the core of Hannah's work. Passionate about sustainability and recycling, using only 100% recycled glass, and found objects. Sweet Nothings are a series of individual, unique Cast Glass figures. Usually found in pairs, whispering ‘Sweet Nothings’ to one another. What are they whispering? ‘Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot. Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.’ (Dr Seuss, The Lorax). www.hannahgibsonglass.co.uk
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"My work is realistic. Most important to me, it tells a story. Some paintings show a clear tale, but most are subtle and work with the viewer."
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Stephen Moscowitz creates fine art that tells a story.
Tell us about your work and style, why is it unique?
Stephen’s interest in art began at an early age. After
My work is realistic. Most important to me, it tells a story.
a long career as an illustrator in the fast-paced
Some paintings show a clear tale, but most are subtle and
advertising world, Stephen has embraced a world of
work with the viewer. I paint with heavy body acrylics, but
incredible beauty and vivid images. His deep respect
my works are smooth. I scrumble-brush areas to blend
and love for nature, as well as all of the world’s
colors and tones. That also keeps the painting smooth. As
creatures, is evident the moment he puts brush to
for uniqueness, not sure that this technique is mine alone.
canvas. Describe your process and how you feel when painting. Tell us about yourself and your background.
I need to paint. Painting wildlife requires a camera. I live in
I attended the Rochester Institute of Technology
an area that supports birds and a variety of habitats. I am
where I majored in art and design. After graduation, I
constantly observing how they spend their days. When I
worked in the advertising and publication industry for
find a situation to paint, I look for the right photo or try to
several years; first as art director and later as an
shoot it. The marshes, woods and open areas are all
illustrator. My career has been strongly influenced by
around, giving me plenty of background views. I start with
artists such as Maxfield Parrish, NC Wyeth and
very rough scribbles, refine them with my reference and
Norman Rockwell. I seriously love nature and its
create a pencil drawing. The drawing is to the size of my
creatures, both real and imagined.
painting. I usually paint a background color and roughly 243
"I paint from my photos. How I feel when creating a painting?â€Ś peaceful and absorbed. Arlene says I am unaware of anything else." Tell us about some of your notable moments in art. I consider DESTIG choosing me to have this opportunity an accomplishment. I have paintings hanging all over the country. For 5 years, I was on the Board of Directors of the non-profit gallery I was a member of for a dozen years. I was recently juried into an elite Art Gallery representing incredibly talented artists. My paintings have won many awards. Mostly local, not notable. I was also hired to teach art at the college I matriculated at. How have your themes / concepts evolved over time? I have been painting wildlife for a long time. I have gained a reputation for that. Since moving to the Low Country of South Carolina, painting birds has become my major theme. I have recently decided to add still life add shapes and some of the details. I then will transfer my drawing to the canvas using a transfer paper (i.e: graphite). Then using reference, feathers, eyes, wing positions, et al, I paint my subject. I generally have 2-3 paintings working at the same time in different stages. This enables me to keep working when I get bored or tired with what I am doing. For my still life paintings, I set up the objects in my studio and light the composition. I paint from my photos. How I feel when creating a paintingâ€Ś peaceful and absorbed. Arlene says I am unaware of anything else. What are your sources of inspiration? My eyes mostly, but occasionally a client will be specific about what I should do. In those cases, I rely on using my imagination to visualize what they are suggesting. Why did you choose your preferred mediums? When I was doing illustrations there was always a deadline. I had to work quickly. Acrylics dry quickly and I can work over (shading, glazing or fine detail or texture) an area right away. I no longer have the urgent deadlines but have held on to the process. 244
"As I researched the masters, I found that they would paint all sorts of things to exhibit their skills. I now follow that concept, painting jugs and mugs has truly begun to make even my birds and animals look better." painting to my career. As I researched the masters, I
Share with us some feedback from your patrons.
found that they would paint all sorts of things to exhibit
I hear “beautiful” a lot. “Great body of work.” There are
their skills. They would use a variety of objects with
also very favorable comments about the detail I achieve.
difficult textures like glass and wood, foods, fruits and
Peers allude to my bold colors, my brushwork and
vegetables and reflective items. I noticed rapid growth in
composition. “I want that” is something else I often hear.
their skills. I now follow that concept, painting jugs and mugs has truly begun to make even my birds and animals
What are you currently working on?
I just completed 6 new paintings to hang in my newest gallery. I am doing some catch up work. Shortly I will be
What are you passionate about?
doing a large painting of a heron landing on a branch and
I am passionate about lots of things. Life, the world
a still life of kitchen objects for a longtime friend/ patron.
around me, has lately become emotional to me. Truly, my
strongest energy is directed to my work. I am fully
Tell us about your location and how it influences you.
involved in raising my skills. I am feeling the need to
I live in paradise. Every where I look, I see a painting. The
increase my repertoire as well. Using Social Commentary
area supports myriads of wildlife. The day I moved into
as a motive for my work keeps popping up in my thinking.
my home a Great White Egret walked through my yard.
"I live in paradise. Every where I look, I see a painting. The area supports myriads of wildlife."
"I wonder if the world can afford to buy art. So much is going on all over the planet. Will people be able to focus on art? Artists will hopefully steer the population to a better understanding." This part of the south has attracted artists from all over the world. Galleries are plentiful. Insights into what paths you will explore in the future? My work is continuing to evolve. I will be trying to become slightly more impressionistic with my bird paintings. I will be starting to work on a series of small bird paintings. I will be continuing to work on paintings of objects. My still life works have been small, so I am planning to work on larger pieces. Social comment is always on my mind, I will be experimenting with how to paint it. How do you feel about art today? I wonder if the world can afford to buy art. Economies are dropping. So much is going on all over the planet. Will people be able to focus on art? Artists will hopefully steer the population to a better understanding. How do you want the viewer to experience your art? I hope the viewer will see my work favorably. I try to put “nice” in my work. I want them to be touched by and glad to see my efforts. I love the animals I paint. That is what I hope they see. Tell us about your feelings of 2020 and Covid 19. This pandemic is very frightening to me. I am 84 years old. That is why I am extremely cautious about going anywhere. Staying at home has been beneficial to my creativity. I have more time to work and less distractions. The general mood around this lock-down is pensive. That mood gives durability to my “art thinking”. www.stephenmoscowitz.com 248
STEPHEN MOSCOWITZ - MY LIFE IN ART As early as I can recall I considered myself to be an artist.
publishers. When computers changed the world of art, I
My father, an amateur artist shared his materials with me
did not want to become “digital”. The need for illustration
at the age of three. I spent most of my time drawing at
shrank and the agents that represented me found less and
home and school.
less work at exceedingly lower payment.
In high school, art became my top priority. My parents
Oddly, at that time, one of my sons bought a motorcycle.
convinced the principal that I would be better off having
“Paint it for me Dad”, he asked. I choked a little, having
art classes than math, science, and language. I had a
never painted on metal or curved surfaces. It took me a
wonderful teacher who taught me everything he knew
while but once done, and his bike hit the streets, my
about mediums and techniques. I won Scholastic Art
phone began to ring. Over several years, I painted
Awards yearly and a scholarship to The RIT School of Art .
hundreds of motorcycles. My work won a bunch of awards for the bike owners. I painted wolves and eagles,
In college, I found out that I needed to get much better at
stripes, flames, and famous people.
my art. I had great teachers and one of them guided me to follow the commercial art courses. After graduation, I
I started doing art on paper and canvas. I developed a
went directly to work in advertising. I became an art
following of clients wanting art for their homes and
director and was attracted to the joining of art and words.
offices. I have been doing that for nearly a quarter
That training became the energy that eventually turned
century. I have had work hung in a few galleries and
me into an illustrator. I spent a bunch of years doing
recently been juried and invited to join The Perspective
illustrations for advert agencies, magazines, and book
Gallery in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.
CYNTHIA ROSE TOM
"My eyes are mesmerized by bright vibrant colors and the nonsensical play of graffiti art. My art involves many shapes and definitive angles, while strategizing the placement of colors on the canvas. This gives me joy and a sense of visual balance when looking at a painting."
WEIVRETNI TSITRA POT
Cynthia Rose Tom is a self-taught contemporary
was action-packed with dancing, traveling, performing,
abstract artist, born and raised in New Jersey. She
and studying. When I graduated high school, I received a
has traveled to over 30 different countries
dance scholarship from the University of Illinois and
submerging herself into culture and developing her
explored the art of contemporary dance. I learned that
own unique style. Influenced by Cubism and inspired
when we look at movement in a contemporary form, it is
by life, her abstract artwork is colorful and a
very similar to looking at a painting in a contemporary
passionate expression of freedom and creativity.
form: movement is being expressed by the placement of
She currently lives in Pompano Beach, Florida with
the body. During choreography, I was looking at a blank
her loving husband and two beautiful children.
canvas and manipulating the scene though movement with
Tell us about yourself and your background.
acknowledging breath, and incorporating sound. During
I started drawing when I was very young. I loved to
this time, I also studied music, theatre, theory,
create and make things out of everything, whether it
composition, choreography, and stage production.
was a birthday card for my parents or a still life drawing for art class. Although I didn’t know then that
It wasn’t until after college when I found painting as the
painting would become my main creative pursuit,
art form that suited me the most and, at that time, my art
since my artistic career really started in dance at the
really took a shape of its own. After college, I moved to
age of three. I was always very busy, and my schedule
Japan where I taught English. I was able to travel to 251
"Within each painting, there is a deeper personal interpretation of my own, it isn’t meant to be finite, rather a guide for the viewer." different parts of Asia, experiencing the many different
because my work is influenced by Contemporary Art and
cultures of the continent. I started journaling about my
Cubism with artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and
travels: jotting down experiences, sketching pictures that
František Kupka. My eyes are mesmerized by bright
I saw, and even capturing recipes of my favorite dishes.
vibrant colors and the nonsensical play of graffiti art.
I was on a traveling kick and ventured outside of Asia.
My art involves many shapes and definitive angles, while
I bounced from country to country soaking in the world in
strategizing the placement of colors on the canvas. This
all its beauty. I traveled to over 30 different countries
gives me joy and a sense of visual balance when looking at
learning about culture, art, music, and cuisine of the
a painting. In addition, my work is unique because I make
areas. These experiences helped to develop and influence
myself available as a contract artist. I can be hired by
my journey in abstract art.
someone who is interested in a custom painting. Once contacted, the client and I go through a series of steps in
Tell us about your work and style, why is it unique?
order to create a custom painting for them. The client and
My work and style are unique because it represents me
I develop a rapport that individualizes the painting,
as an artist that no one can replicate. It has a sense of
making it unique and one of a kind.
colorful style that is appealing to the eye in a well-
balanced and thought out arrangement. Within each
Tell us about your process and what do you feel when
painting, there is a deeper personal interpretation of my
you are creating?
own, but my interpretation of my artwork isn’t meant to
When I am not contract creating, I start with many blank
be finite, rather a guide for the viewer. In the end, it is
canvases and a full stock of paints. I am usually painting
open for the viewer to form their own opinion and
many paintings at once and normally start a new one
establish their own meaning. My style is also very unique
before the previous one is finished. The sign of when a
"Art is everywhere and is a true sense of freedom. If I allow myself to give in to that freedom, the inspiration pours out of my skin. Ideas start flowing and my mind races."
flowing and my mind races. Another source of inspiration stems from the ability to say yes. Welcoming ideas and allowing the universe to guide me in a natural way. The inspiration propels itself onto canvas or expresses itself through dance or through music. The more ‘yes’, the more letting go, the more allowing the world to guide you, the more everything comes naturally without even thought. It is freedom of expression that we truly call art. The freedom to express life in multiple forms.
painting is almost finished, is when I start a new one. The
What are you passionate about?
new idea sparks a new painting and the finishing of the
I am passionate about my children and raising them in a
old. The feeling is always great. It is a release of the mind,
loving and understanding world. I am passionate about
a release of a thought, a release of a vision. It is like a birth
the environment and what we can do to preserve it for
into a concrete and memorable physical state.
the next generations. I am passionate about traveling, learning about different cultures, and understanding
What are your sources of inspiration?
these cultures. I am passionate about food and the
My sources of inspiration comes from this yearning and
restaurant industry including the multiple intricacies of
ongoing desire to create. I wouldn’t be who I am today if I
wine and beer. Most of all, I am passionate about our
ignored it. I love to express. Art is everywhere and is a
freedoms to express. Everyone should have the ability to
true sense of freedom. If I allow myself to give in to that
express how they feel without being judged or ridiculed in
freedom, the inspiration pours out of my skin. Ideas start
"The more â€˜yesâ€™, the more letting go, the more allowing the world to guide you, the more everything comes naturally without even thought."
"You must have a specific amount of resources in order to even play in the art world game. This limits our audience to see only what people can afford to display." Tell us about some of the feedback you typically receive from people that discover your work. When I first started painting and sharing my work with acquaintances, friends, and/or family, I would receive feedback that my work looks like a child’s scribbles on a piece of paper. Later, in my career, I learned to set specific intentions when I paint. I remember telling myself that every stroke on canvas must have a meaning… and that is what it became. Every single color, every stroke, every picture was intentional. My work then became one of kind for me and for the people that viewed it. What can we look forward to in the near future, what directions will you be exploring? I want to produce a show. The show will be two exhibitions in one: 1) Exploring food and wine through abstract art, and 2) I want to finish my portrait series called, “The Sunglass Series.” How do you feel about art and its role in the world today? Art is a funny dichotomy because the art world is a billiondollar global industry, yet the starving artist out there is waiting to be discovered with limited resources but a lot of talent. This recognizes the idea that you must have a specific amount of resources in order to even play in the art world game. This limits our audience to see only what people can afford to display. In reference to the role art plays in the world of technology, we have allowed ourselves to be reliant on the internet in many ways. The internet has become a platform to express our ideas, share our stories, and promote our creative sides though many social media platforms. These social media platforms begin to be more about your followers rather than the quality of your art, therefore, making it hard to cut through the bullshit to find the good stuff. In addition, viewers are relying on pictures rather than the tangible pieces of art, to determine whether they want to spend money to purchase it. In the end, viewers 256
"I want viewers of my art to feel happy immediately when they see it... For me, my art is about the experience. The end result is just the end result, but the journey is what matters"
opt out and this billion-dollar industry starts to suffer. Yet, on a more positive note, social media and the internet have created a wider audience base. When quality is discovered, the amount of people that can be reached is tremendous. How do you want your art to affect the viewer? I want viewers of my art to feel happy immediately when they see it. I want them to feel like art is colorful, fun, and can be expressed in many ways. It should be inspiring and project a sense of freedom that we feel: like everything is going to be okay. For me, my art is about the experience. The end result is just the end result, but the journey is what matters.Â Â www.cynthiarosetom.com 257
"I want my artwork to show that beauty can still be found in a world that is crumbling apart. I want to bring beauty back to these places that have long been deserted and bring out the story that these places have been longing to tell."
WEIVRETNI TSITRA POT
Colored pencil artist, Brandi Dieter, uses a
and looking at her beautiful pet portrait drawings in awe
combination of color and attention to detail to create
wishing that someday I could draw like her. At a young
realistic looking drawings. Brandi currently resides in
age, I started working with colored pencils that my mom
Colorado where much of her inspiration for her
used for her drawings. I quickly outgrew my kiddie
drawings originates. She hopes to use her drawings
Crayola colored pencils and decided that my momâ€™s
to emphasize forgotten places in the world.
Prismacolor colored pencils were much easier to work with since they allowed me to blend. As a child, I was
Tell us about yourself and your background.
constantly drawing. I drew everything that inspired me
I was born and raised in Southern Colorado and have
from aspen trees to a series of furnished rooms on a sheet
been around the area almost my entire life. Being
of paper. Today, I still find myself drawing things that
constantly in the mountains as a child influenced my
inspire me from aspects of nature to historical buildings.
love for nature and exploring, which in turn has greatly impacted my art. My life was filled with art
Tell us about your work.
growing up. My mom was always drawing when I was
I am a colored pencil artist. My artwork is created using
a child. I remember going out to her makeshift studio
techniques that are presented in a realistic style. I mostly 259
"Sometimes I will just drive around in search of interesting places and stumble upon something that intrigues my interest. Other times I will do some research on places that I would like to see and visit them in person."
use colors that are represented in the
How do you select the places you draw?
natural world including grays, browns,
My initial process starts with exploration
greens and occasionally yellows or reds
and taking pictures. I love seeking out
depending on the subject I am drawing.
adventure so anytime I can get out and
With every piece I draw I want to
discover new places it rejuvenates me and
emanate interest and emotion.
activates my creative juices. Sometimes I
Besides drawing, I also enjoy creating
will just drive around in search of
more hands-on crafts such as macrame
interesting places and stumble upon
and weaving. I also enjoy creating pottery
something that intrigues my interest.
on both the potterâ€™s wheel and using
Other times I will do some research on
slabs, however, limitations to a potters
places that I would like to see and visit
wheel and a kiln keep me from fully
them in person. Photography is my outlet
pursing this direction.
to capture any captivating sights that I
My artwork is unique because I use
may see. This in turn often ignites my
colored pencils to create my pieces and
desire to draw and recreate what I
draw subjects that not many people
observed. I use the images I capture as
references for my artwork to create
occasionally fuse other mediums into my
realistic images and incorporate as much
drawings such as ink or markers to make
detail as possible. When I am drawing or
them feel more unique. I feel like colored
creating other forms of art, I feel happy
pencil artists are few and far between.
and serene. All of the worries and
When I tell people I draw with colored
tribulations of life ceases while time
pencils, they are usually surprised by my
passes by quickly. Every hour I spend
creating feels like only a few minutes.
What inspires you? My source of inspiration typically stems from observing the world around me. I am generally inspired by beautiful landscapes, interesting architecture and traveling to places I have never seen before. What draws you to working with colored pencils? My preferred medium is colored pencils even though I do work with a variety of different mediums. With colored pencils I can create rich colors and add a lot of depth to my drawings by building and blending colors in order to create realistic looking images. Sometimes if I want to achieve a richer color I will use markers as a base layer and then go back over those areas with colored pencils. What are your proudest moments so far in creating art? As a young artist, I have yet to have my artwork presented in a gallery or a museum, however, I believe that every piece that I complete is an achievement. I put a lot of labor-intensive hours into each piece I draw so when I complete a drawing I feel a great sense of accomplishment. I believe that some of my newest pieces such as "Last Standing" and "Nichols Mine Shaft" are some of my most notable pieces in my abandoned series thus far. The bricks, perspective and amount of detail that I included in "Nichols Mine Shaft" were challenging but well worth the hours I spent working on it. What themes have defined your creative work thus far? One particular theme that I have explored is my Abandoned Colorado series which has been featured in this article. This series originated from a college drawing course that has since expanded to a concept that I am passionate about. With a avid fascination for ghost towns and abandoned buildings, I decided that doing a series of drawings for my semester long project on this subject would be fun but challenging for me. Little did I know that this series of drawings would extend past my college years. What reward do you get from drawing these places? I am super passionate about nature, adventure and history. Many of the drawings I create capture all of these elements in one. When I draw pictures of abandoned buildings I donâ€™t just draw them because they look interesting. I draw them also because they each have a story to tell. 263
What are you currently working on? I am currently working on adding to my abandoned series. I have a few pictures I took last year that I have been itching to draw. One particular image is of an old school house near Buena Vista, Colorado. I have been fascinated by this particular building since I was a little girl. What can we look forward to in the near future? In the near future I hope to start experimenting with oil paints. This is a medium I have never really explored but have always wanted to learn. During Christmas last year, I traveled to the coastline of Northern California with my family and was inspired by the magnificence of the ocean. I hope to do an ocean series in oil paints based on my inspiration.
"In the near future I hope to start experimenting with oil paints. This is a medium I have not really explored but have always wanted to learn." 265
"I believe that art allows artists and viewers to step into a world of imagination, fantasy or idealism that nothing else can quite achieve."
Tell us about your location.
interrupted in so many different
Being in Colorado has greatly
ways. One personâ€™s interpretation
impacted my artwork. I spend a
may be completely different than
great deal of time outdoors whether
another personâ€™s view. It can also
it be hiking, camping or driving
completely vary from the artistâ€™s
intention for creating the piece.
backcountry. Virtually every time I
I believe that art allows artists and
have the opportunity to spend
viewers to step into a world of
outdoors, I find something new that
imagination, fantasy or idealism that
inspires me. Colorado has many
nothing else can quite achieve.
fascinating places to visit from abandoned
What should we feel in your art?
breathtaking scenery. I do feel quite
I want my artwork to show viewers
privileged to live in a place that
that beauty can still be found in a
constantly encourages me to be
world that is crumbling apart. I want
to bring beauty back to these places that have long been deserted and
What does art mean to the world?
bring out the story that these places
I believe that art is an important
have been longing to tell.
form of expression in our world today. The greatest aspect of art is
that just one piece of artwork can be
A DIFFERENT 'SHOOT' J. KIMO WILLIAMS, A VIETNAM WAR VETERAN RETURNED TO THE COUNTRY WITH HIS CAMERA
In 1998, Kimo returned to Vietnam for the first time, specifically to the place of his first assignment. From this cathartic return, he realized what he missed as a soldier. In 1969 as a high school senior,
fall of 1970 never having had the
James"Kimo" Williams was born in
future Vietnam Vet Kimo Williams
chance to fully engage with and
Amityville, New York, and spent
always thought Vietnam was a
understand the Vietnamese, their
much of his childhood divided
third-world backward and gloomy
culture or to embrace their land.
between Air Force bases, urban
neighborhoods of Baltimore, rural In 1998, Kimo returned to Vietnam
Mississippi and a lot of time on his
Once there, he realized it was
for the first time, specifically to the
grandparents farm in N Carolina.
nothing like that at all. The country
place of his first assignment in Lai
had very beautiful landscapes and
Khe. From this cathartic return, he
Moving to Hawaii with his father in
majestic flowing rivers. The non-
realized what he missed as a
1967, he volunteered to serve in
combatant Vietnamese locals were
soldier and wanted so much more.
the military and was deployed to
warm, cordial and very friendly. He
He returned in 2000, 2001, 2005,
Vietnam in 1970. He holds an MA
relished the opportunity to engage
2007, 2008 and 2010. During each
in Management from Missouri's
with the people and the culture.
trip, he had his camera with him
Webster University as well as a BA
However, because of the nature of
and captured the faces of those he
in Composition from The Berklee
his presence there, a full cultural
encountered, which provided the
College of Music in Boston.
essence from his perspective of
question. Kimo left Vietnam in the
what this culture offers to visitors.
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The base is crafted in sandstone from
Art in the shared space, 2018
France, and the three pillars supporting the sarcophagus are of Danish granite, Faroese
Sarcophagus for the Danish royal family.
basalt and Greenlandic marble, respectively.
One of the world's largest glass sculptures ever made. The whole weighs over 4.5 tons
The elephant heads on the pillars are cast in
and is installed in Denmark in the
silver. The sarcophagus itself is of cast glass,
Cathedral of Rosklid.
and, in a hollow space in the glass, two figures representing The Queen and Prince
The preparation of the monument began in
Henrik are sand-blasted on the inner side.
2003, when the sculptor, professor Bjørn
Allegories, heraldry and symbols in gilded
Nørgaard, was commissioned to create a
bronze are found on the top.
modern sepulchral monument that can be incorporated into the large number of royal
PHOTOGRAPHER: KELD NAVNTOFT, OF
grave monuments at Roskilde Cathedral.
THE ROYAL DANISH HOUSE ©
ONE OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST GLASS SCULPTURES EVER MADE. THE WHOLE WEIGHS OVER 4.5 TONS 271
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"I happened upon an article featuring a famous international artist. Some years ago he traded his canvas and brushes for an iPad and stylus. He continues to create sophisticated works of art on an iPad. This piqued my interest, so I picked up my iPad and started on a new journey.”
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"My name is Michele Koutris. I am a Digital Artist.
Whenever I had a spare moment I was drawing. I loved
I paint Fine Art on an iPad. I live in Hackensack, New
working with pastels.
Jersey, a stones throw from NYC. What is unique is that I paint Free-Hand on an iPad just as I would on a
When I was eighteen I was a full time student at Juilliard.
During the day I was being trained in voice, theory, and languages. In the evening I was performing at the world
Tell us about yourself and your background.
famous "Copacabana’’ Nightclub in NYC.
The Arts have always been a large part of my life. Starting as young as eleven years old I was performing
They felt my story was so unique that the famed columnist
on TV. I was already being trained for the opera by
Earl Wilson of The New York Post wrote an article about
Helen Jepson a member of The Metropolitan Opera
me titled "Her Double Life’’ I was working with stars such
Company in NYC.
as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and others. This was quite a heady experience for an eighteen year old, barely
When I was thirteen, I was given a scholarship at the
out of High School. I was still drawing when I could. It has
Juilliard School of Music to continue my voice training.
always been a source of relaxation. 275
"It could be a feather that I’ll use for one of my ladies hats, a unique eye color, a rose kissed by dew, or a woman’s bare shoulders. When it all comes together in my head, I then begin to paint."
I went on to get my Actors Equity card
after decades of conventional painting he
and performed in Musicals both in and
put down his canvas and picked up an
out of New York including the leads in
iPad. This piqued my interest, so I too
"The Music Man" and “Fiorello".
picked up my iPad and started on a new
journey. I use my iPad as I would a canvas.
I was twenty-one when I married. I went
I found an App that is a large Paintbox
on to have three children and now five
filled with brushes, oils, acrylics, charcoal,
pastels, watercolor and more. My iPad is
my canvas, my stylus is my brush. I then
I became a songwriter in the mid-1980’s.
pick my medium from the paintbox.
I was taken under the wing of Clyde Otis, a well respected Writer and Publisher.
What is the creative process like for you?
I enjoyed some exciting successes; a song
First, I turn on my iPad. I go though all the
in a movie, a single that was Nominated
photographs I have collected. Some days I
for song of the year by CASHBOX
know exactly what I want to create. Other
Magazine and a cut on the Greatest hits
days it’s just a happy accident. Just the act
album of Jeannie C Reilly of (Harper
of creating is exciting to me. Be it a new
Valley PTA) fame. Yes, I was still painting,
painting, a new song, or even a new
and by that point I was painting with oils.
How do you paint?
What inspires you?
A little over 3 years ago, I happened upon
I look for inspiration every day. I collect
an article written about The famed British
photographs / paintings that interest me
artist, David Hockney. He explained how
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use for one of my ladies hats, a unique eye color, a rose kissed by dew, or a woman’s bare shoulders. When it all comes together in my head, I then begin to paint. How does your approach compare to the traditional? It all starts with my iPad. My paintbox App allows me to pick any mediums I’d like to try. Usually it’s oil or oilpastels. Sometimes it feels so real that when I touch the iPad screen I think I’ve gotten paint on my hand or smudged the painting. A perk is, there’s no clean up when you’re done! You have had some impressive receptions of your work? During the last three years I was invited to exhibit my paintings at the Parallax Art Fair in Chelsea, London, this is an international Art Fair featuring artists from over 30 countries. I was also featured in two issues of "Women in Art 278" a magazine that featured women-artists from around the globe. What are your current creative plans? I love to explore everything. Maybe one day I may want to paint a landscape, or seascape or abstract. For now I’m content with what I’m currently creating but that could certainly change in the future. What are your life passions? I’m passionate about my family, my art, my music and life. Tell us about some of the feedback you have received. The feedback has been great. I market a great deal in Europe. They send me Lovely comments in many different languages along with sweet emojis of hearts, flowers, and happy faces. I’m lucky and appreciative that they enjoy my art greatly. What can we expect from you in the near future? I will be working on more in my series "Women around the Globe" you can see two of these paintings in this issue. A beautiful woman from an African nation and a beautiful woman from the Middle East.
"I’m passionate about my family, my art, my music and life."
What directions are you keen to explore with your art? I know I want to explore doing more of my ladies in Black and White, with a touch of color in their lips and or eyes. This will lean more towards Pop Art. 279
"Iâ€™ve heard from many of my followers that my paintings always make them smile. I will happily accept that as my contribution." Tell us about your location. My location is Northern New Jersey USA. I feel living only half-hour from NYC is a plus. New York City is one of the art capitals of the world. You have the opportunity to visit art museums., such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. (MoMA) and countless galleries. and take away from the experience what you will. What do you think the future holds for art? I think that art will always have a role in the world. I believe now more than ever we need art and artists to bring beauty into this world full of turmoil that we are all currently experiencing. What impact do you want your work to have on viewers? Iâ€™ve heard from many of my followers that my paintings always "Make them smile". I will happily accept that as my contribution. www.mkoutris.artspan.com www.facebook.com/fineartbymichele 281
"My work is based in reality and inspired by nature, but takes it in many different directions... My paintings often interpret what I see around me. Sometimes it's a wide expanse of sky, sea, farmland or forest. Other times it's a smaller detail."
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Cynthia Richardson, AIA. Anacortes, WA, USA.
much of my development as an artist. Sharing insights
Cynthia is an architect and artist whose acrylic
learned through many years of painting, she has helped
paintings are inspired by the beauty of the natural
me understand so many things that I never could have
environment around her. In a style she calls "relaxed
discovered on my own. Ongoing classes with Mike Wise,
realism", she captures the essential character of her
plus workshops with other professional artists continue
subjects, from tiny flowers to seascapes, forests, and
to expand my horizons and introduce me to new ideas.
And sometimes there's an "aha!" moment that takes me to a new level of understanding.
Tell us about yourself and your background. In college I took a couple of art classes, but then for
Tell us about your work and style, why is it unique?
over 40 years I set art aside to focus on earning a
My work is based in reality and inspired by nature, but
Master of Architecture degree, raising 3 children,
takes it in many different directions. I like to challenge
serving on the City Council, and a full-time career as
myself by trying new techniques, materials, color palettes,
an architect. A few years ago, just for fun, I took a
subject matter, etc. One day I might try a small detailed
weekend painting workshop - and I was hooked.
still life, another time it could be a large impressionistic
A firm believer in continuing to learn throughout life, I
seascape. Museums, galleries, books, magazines, and the
internet all give me opportunities to be inspired by the
impressionist painter Dianna Shyne. I credit her for
work of other artists. Like adding spices to a pot of soup, I 283
"If someone says, "That doesn't look like your usual style", that's a good thing. It means I'm continuing to change and grow." can incorporate those bits of inspiration into my work and the result is a new unique flavor. If someone says, "That doesn't look like your usual style", that's a good thing. It means I'm continuing to change and grow. Tell us about your process and how you feel when creating. Wherever I travel, I'm always taking reference photos. But rather than copying a specific view, I use these for inspiration and create my own compositions, rearranging elements from several photos and choosing my own color palette to develop a new scene of my own creation. Using a variety of resources, I aim for expressing the character, or essence, of my subject, whether it's a tree or a mountain, a bird or a barn, and expand on that essence to produce a uniquely new work of art. Often I begin a painting, and as it progresses it takes on a life of its own. As I add or eliminate details, rearrange elements or modify colors and values, it evolves into a richer statement than I could have envisioned at the start. Why are you attracted to your preferred mediums? Acrylics suit my personal working style perfectly. They dry quickly, so I can enhance or correct an area right away - no waiting for the paint to dry. No odor or toxic chemicals. Easy cleanup with water. And so many techniques are possible, from heavy impasto to drybrush, glazing, washes, scumbling, spattering - using brushes, palette knives, textures, mediums, and various tools - acrylics can do it all. Tell us about some of your achievements. Artist's
Permanent art collections of Island hospital, Skagit Valley Hospital, Anacortes City library, Featured artist at LaConner's annual Art's Alive festival, Selected for juried art shows multiple years at Anacortes Arts Festival, Edmonds Art Festival, Schack Art Center and others, Open Studio Tour
international collectors, Shown in 6 Washington galleries. 284
"Often I begin a painting, and as it progresses it takes on a life of its own. As I add or eliminate details, rearrange elements or modify colors and values, it evolves into a richer statement than I could have envisioned at the start."
"Collectors often say they choose my work because of how it makes them feel - cheerful, or peaceful, or optimistic. Perhaps it reminds them of a familiar place in their life." What is your studio like?
Tell us about some of the feedback you typically receive
My small studio proves that you don't need a huge space
from people that discover your work.
to produce good art. When I started painting, I cleared an
Collectors often say they choose my work because of
area in one end of my architectural office, added an easel,
how it makes them feel - cheerful, or peaceful, or
cabinets, and layout table, and I was all set to paint. By
optimistic. Perhaps it reminds them of a familiar place in
working on only a couple of paintings at a time, I don't
their life such as a barn on their grandparents' farm, or a
need a lot of space. Paintings hang all around my house,
favorite childhood pet or a vacation destination.
with extra canvases and frames stored in the attic. It's
In return, it makes me feel good when someone likes my
simple, but it works well for me.
work enough to purchase it and take it into their home.Â What can be better than that?
Do you collect the work of other artists?
We bought our first original painting 50 years ago and it's
What are you currently working on?
still a favorite. Being more aware of art now that I am a
Trees have been favorite subjects for years, whether in
painter, I like to support other local artists by purchasing
dense forests or standing alone in solitary majesty.
their work and displaying it throughout our home. And
Recently I've been painting a series of various types of
being avid birdwatchers, we love our growing collection
trees silhouetted on stark white canvas. Each tree species
of bird sculptures.
grows in particular environments, with distinctive
"It's not surprising that nature provides my favorite subject matter. Inspiration is everywhere." patterns of trunks, branches, flowers and leaves or needles. Within any given species, each tree is a unique individual, and I like to think of these tree paintings as "portraits" of those individuals. Starting with detailed observations and photos of many individual trees, I combine details to create "tree portraits" that capture the essence of a tree's character. Another type of "portraiture" that I enjoy is capturing the personalities of birds and animals. Some are domestic, others are wild and free, but each has its own character. What can we look forward to in the near- future, what directions will you be exploring? Working as an architect for four decades has been a creative career. But budgets, client preferences, building codes, contractors, and other factors constrain an architect's creativity. As an artist, I can express my own ideas freely. I can be whimsical or serious, exuberant or melancholy, painting any subject I choose, or no subject at all. And I'm no longer limited to drawing mostly straight lines.Â So who knows where this exploration will lead me next? How does your location influence on your work? Living in a small coastal town northwest of Seattle, I am surrounded every day by the beauty of the natural environment. There are so many lovely scenes to paint glorious sunsets over the San Juans, majestic mountain peaks, fertile farmlands, quiet marshes, rushing rivers, cliffs, beaches, forests, clouds - the possibilities are endless. So it's not surprising that nature provides my favorite subject matter. Inspiration is everywhere. The challenge is how to choose among so many amazing subjects. My paintings often interpret what I see around me. Sometimes it's a wide expanse of sky, sea, farmland or forest. Other times it's a smaller detail - a bird, tree, flower, or small animal. Choosing the subject might depend on my mood, or a technique I'd like to try, or a theme I want to explore. Sometimes I just make things up. I think of my approach as "relaxed realism". 287
"As an artist, I can express my own ideas freely. I can be whimsical or serious, exuberant or melancholy, painting any subject I choose, or no subject at all."
"For me, it's the simple pleasures of painting, increasing my skills, and creating images that never existed before." How do you feel about art and its role in the world today? Art plays many roles for society and for individuals grand museums and sculpture parks, graffiti, murals, painters in every medium, children's scribbles, daily journal sketchers, photographers, whittlers, glass artists, jewelers, and more. Some people create art to make a political statement or challenge our perceptions. Others to relieve anxiety. All of these have validity. For me, it's the simple pleasures of painting, increasing my skills, and creating images that never existed before. What has the Covid pandemic meant to you and how has it influenced your creativity? Luckily, I recovered from a mild case of Covid and can continue painting in my home studio. I look forward to painting with friends again, and participating in galleries and festivals. www.cynthiarichardsonart.com
"Creating! I want my art to evoke a positive emotion or cause someone to feel happiness, energy or peacefulness when they see it. I can honestly say that I’m very passionate about making art!”
WEIVRETNI TSITRA POT
Rebecca is a self-taught artist currently working in
to them that I always wanted to copy but never could.
alcohol ink and fluid acrylics. She began painting as a
Although, I’ve taken many courses, I consider myself a self
child whose father was an artist. She has explored
-taught artist. I have always made art in one medium or
many creative mediums throughout her life such as:
another my entire life. I had a need to make my art look
watercolors, landscapes, flower and pet portraits in
exactly like a photo. Very tedious work that took all of my
oil. Rebecca discovered fluid art in 2018 and has
concentration and I began not to enjoy it or finish it. So I
passionately embraced it as the style of art that
put the paint brush down and waited for inspiration.
evokes and liberates her creative spirit. She feels
I discovered fluid art and a fire was lit inside like never
that this type of art allows her to have full creative
before! I can honestly say that I feel I’m doing what I was
freedom when she works.
meant to do with my art and I’m so happy and excited to see what the future holds.
Tell us about yourself and your background. I live in West Columbia, SC with my husband Scott
How did you develop your unique style?
Chitty. My father was an artist. He would paint with
I have learned so much from other amazing artists.
watercolors and oils. His work had a dream like quality
I notice that many of us fluid artist copy each other’s 291
styles constantly. I promised myself to
Often, I’ll tell God that it’s his day to paint.
learn from them but not to copy and to try
I blindly pick colors, I’ll have no previous
to develop my own style by taking a small
expectations and then magic happens!
piece of different techniques and merging
I’ve never felt so happy with my art. I feel I
them into something no one else was
have true creative freedom where I can
doing. My style is still developing and
do whatever I want. For the first time in
changing. I guess I’m looking for the
my life I’ve taken full creative control over
perfect flow effect. I love adding a twist in
my art. I feel very liberated.
paint. Like a silk scarf floating in the wind
"I guess I’m looking for the perfect flow effect. I love adding a twist in paint. Like a silk scarf floating in the wind that has a twist in the it." 292
that has a twist in it. Also, I really love
What is your greatest inspiration?
doing larger canvases for the acrylics. As
Well, in a word, paint. The movement, the
for alcohol ink, I love the airy effect it can
colors... All the beautiful colors! I get so
have. The colors are so beautiful.
excited when I’ve ordered paint that I haven’t tried yet. I open the box and it’s
Tell us about your process.
better than 100 Christmas mornings!
My process is fun. I go to bed with ideas
They’re so pretty! Then, all the things I
and wake up with more. I keep a note pad
can do with paint. Anything is possible.
so that I can write them down before I
There’s no limit. I love that I can make the
forget. I have a purpose, a plan. Also, I’ll
liquid do whatever I want it to do and
draw out the form I want it to have. I’ll
have all the colors work so beautifully
plan out the colors and how I’m going to
together. Yes, paint is my inspiration!
mix them and the order they will be placed on the canvas. So many failed
How has your style evolved?
experiments and then it finally happens!
I have learned that I have a short -
attention span and I prefer instant gratification. I have always preferred abstract art. When I discovered fluid art and alcohol ink I knew I had met "the one" or "the two". I have to work quick. I have an hour at the most if I’m lucky after the paint is placed on the canvas. Success or fail. No inbetween. Once the piece is dry enough to move it, then on to the next one. I love that. Tell us about your some of your successes so far. Because this is just my second year working in this medium, I’m only recently getting my work out there. The catalyst that got the ball moving is my very dear friend Julie Seel and her Cottontown Art Crawl. The success from that gave me the courage to enter two pieces into the South Carolina State Fair Fine Art Competition. To my surprise, I won four Awards! The State Fair purchased both pieces. My art was on display at Harbison Theater. Then in February, Aloft Hotel wanted my art displayed in their Columbia location. Also, this past February, I donated 4 pieces to Artist For Africa. I am excited that my art will help someone's life! What directions are you interested to explore next? I’ve explored working with resin. Until I have a real studio space where no pets are allowed, I’ll have to wait. What are you passionate about? Creating! I want my art to evoke a positive emotion or cause someone to feel happiness, energy or peacefulness when they see it. I can honestly say I’m passionate about art! Do you enjoy getting feedback from viewers of your work? I talk about this all the time. I just did a piece that I named "Where’s The Cat", someone said I see a cat in it. I still haven’t seen it! I love hearing everyone tell me what they see in my work. It’s so much fun! Also, people are very curious how I made it or how I came up with the shape and colors. They’ll tell me how a piece makes them feel. I love that something I’ve made has the ability to capture someone’s imagination.
"I have to work quick. I have an hour at the most if I’m lucky after the paint is placed on the canvas. Success or fail. No in between." 294
Tell us about your 'twist' works. Right now I’m obsessed with my twist look. I feel like I’m just now getting a good handle on it and I’m going to try to do more with the twisting. What elements do you want to add to your work? I’m very interested in texture. I’m currently taking a course in it and would like to work it into fluid art. I'm still trying to make it click in my head but I’m really excited about the possibilities. How do you want the viewer to relate with your works? I’d like them to really look at it and for the piece to light up their imagination. When they leave or come home, they see it and smile.
"I’d like them to really look at it and for the piece to light up their imagination. When they leave or come home, they see it and smile." 295
"I constantly have people who are asking me to paint traditional style art. I just canâ€™t do it anymore. I owe it to myself to follow my heart and make abstract art until the day that I change my mind."
"I’ve always been the person who does the opposite. I refuse to fall in line and follow the crowd and do what everyone else is doing. I’ve always been called weird, different, eccentric and I’m finally at an age now where I embrace it."
Tell us about where you are based.
weird. More people here are
I’m in West Columbia, SC. My area
starting to like abstract! Great
has always been a very traditional
timing for my art!
location. Many people I know have a traditional style of home, dress,
What does art mean to you?
food, art or whatever. I’ve always
I really used to worry about that.
been the person who does the
I’ve seen art programs getting
opposite. I refuse to fall in line and
government funding cut or done
follow the crowd and do what
away with. I notice the pressure on
everyone else is doing. I’ve always
young adults to have the career,
the mortgage, the pressure, the
eccentric and I’m finally at an age
debt. They end up not following
now where I embrace it.
their passion. Sometimes I would
I constantly have people who are
think that the arts on a local level
asking me to paint traditional style
would never survive. Now with
art. I just can’t do it anymore. I owe
social media it seems that the arts
it to myself to follow my heart and
are re-emerging stronger than
make abstract art until the day that
ever. All forms are thriving!
I change my mind. Fortunately for
I believe that the artistic creators
me, my area recently began to
out there will create. They have to.
evolve. It’s now becoming more friendly towards different or
PHOTO: SHELL AQUA SATIN
VLASTIMIL BERÁNEK Vlastimil Beránek is the third generation exponent
just on the glass material´s inner aesthetics or a
of the highly established, Beránek glassmaking
single frame view. They claim their own space.
family which secured its place in Czech glass
They are one-of-a-kind and completely unique
history during the 1940s by founding a glasshouse
sculptures of glass.
at Škrdlovice. He was personally in charge of the glassworks from 1992 to 2008.
A brief summary of his training: Born 1960 in Nové Město na Moravě, Czech
The focal point of his personal interest lies in the
free creation of molten glass sculptures.
Specialized School of Decorative Arts Brno, Czech Republic / Prof L. Martínek .
His sculptures feature a rigid, elementary form,
Academy of Applied Arts Prague, Czech
often bordering on the edge of the technology´s
Republic / Prof. St. Libenský.
very possibilities. They possess a monumental, free-of-all-compromise expression, not relying 298
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TWO ENDS (GOLD/AMBER)
OPEN SPACE (WOOD)
LECLERCQ ASSOCIÉS The second chapter to Jean Balladur’s beachfront resort town La Grande-Motte
The history of La Grande-Motte
taking on the extension of the
of the holiday resort emerged from
mirrors the tale of the Ugly
resort, encompassing an enlarged
the same Colbertist and interven-
Duckling. For a long time decried
pedestrian seawall, an extended
tionist spirit of the fifth Republic
as a symbol of the degradation of
harbour with a promenade and
on which the ambitious French
the French coastline, the seaside
new family accommodations.
business district ‘La Défense’ was
resort has transitioned from being
built. Six seaside resorts, joined by
wittily labelled “la Grande Moche”
In the early 60s, the French
a coastline motorway, were drawn
(greatly unattractive) to “la Grande
Languedoc coast was but an
onto the previously untouched
Mode” (greatly fashionable) in the
austere landscape of marshlands
coastal land of the Languedoc.
space of 50 years.
and vineyards, attracting only rich
Jean Balladur inherited la Grande-
hunters and hungry mosquitoes.
Motte, a location named after a hill
The brainchild of French architect
Holidaymakers preferred to hit the
of grapevines rising high above the
Jean Balladur is now regarded as a
road and travel to the thriving
surrounding landscape. The thick
Spanish Costa Brava. This summer
swamp area was drained and
foundations for a future that goes
exodus was unacceptable to famed
reforested with over 30,000 pine
beyond summer holidays and puts
General de Gaulle. Unwilling to
trees to stabilise the soil, making
to question the widely proclaimed
stand by the wayside, he decided
the dune the starting point of an
failure of the ‘villes nouvelles’
to take action and provide the
architectural adventure that was
(planned cities). French architect
French middle class with their very
driven by the vision to create a
own summer holiday destinations.
green pedestrian haven. As Jean
The government-led development
Balladur put it back in the 1960s:
continuing this success story by
“the survival of plant life goes hand in hand with the
lakes and dried out marshes. Adopting the same
survival of man, doesn’t it? When man dreamt of an
geomorphic principles, Balladur assembled a concrete
enchanting place, a heaven on earth, he didn’t place it
landscape that mimics the topography of the Cevennes.
within a sumptuous palace but within a garden”.
His pyramids are imbedded in the coastline to “comb the wind” and provide shelter to vegetation. The
Balladur was dissuaded by the failures of megalomaniac
curvature of his buildings protect large private
architectural projects such as Versailles, Brasilia and
seawards-facing gardens while tracing the lines of a
Chandigarh and dismayed by the large complexes and
green resort, offering numerous pathways through
soulless planned cities that prioritised motorised over
pine, cypress, and tamarix trees.
pedestrian mobility. Instead he imagined an animated city – a city that grew in myths and legend, gradually
La Grande-Motte is composed of two neighbourhoods:
making up for its lack of history. His vision was made to
The Levant lies to the east, with its pyramidal and
human scale and the shapes he drew were organic and
masculine features. The conch of Venus lies to the west,
sensual. In his eyes, “high rise parallel-piped blocks
with curved low-lying architecture. These two famous
plant their walls perpendicularly into the ground. Their
neighbourhoods frame the town’s heart, the harbour
tall vertical lines and right angles violently and
and dockyard. “It is this hole in the landscape and its
disdainfully stab both the ground and the sky.” Instead,
dockyard that we are transforming with the extension
he turned his attention to geometrical forms, designing
of the seawall and the harbour, as well as the
pyramidal buildings, as these “pyramidal shapes raise
construction of 500 large-scale accommodations to
the earth in a wave-like motion. They gently leave the
cater to the growing number of families permanently
horizontal ground through the movement of rising
residing in the town” explains François Leclercq. “La
slopes before returning to earth through their
Grande-Motte has become an integral and active part
counterparts. Their movements are very natural, like
of the larger zone of Montpellier. People live and work
mounds, devoid of brutality”.
here, yet the majority of the housing available was originally designed as studios fit to summer holiday
Balladur found inspiration in the great Aztec pyramidal
makers. Suitable a accommodation was clearly missing
structures erected some 2000 years ago in what today
for the new permanent residents. Additionally, in order
is Mexico City, which payed homage to the belt of
to accommodate the ever-growing number of boats
inactive volcanoes that surrounded this site of former
using the harbour, we are installing 400 new anchors."
Honouring Jean Balladur’s pedestrian and laidback
space. The fullness of material fulfils no other function
vision for the town, François Leclerq’s architectural
than to render visible the body of empty space. Solid
development features a promenade of 1,5km joining
material plays the same role as the bandages worn by
the beaches of Levant and Couchant through the new
H.G. Wells’ Invisible Man: making visible the gesture of
harbour. Named “Ball*ade”, a play on words combining
the invisible.” This large-scale project is envisioned to
the French word for promenade and Balladur’s name,
be completed within 10 years. François Leclercq
its construction began with the extension of the seawall
concludes: “The building site is evidently fascinating for
in 2019. Ultimately, “more space will be given to
its scale, but also and foremost for the resident’s
pedestrians and non-motorized transport, as well as to
architectural culture. In La Grande-Motte no one wants
new plots of vegetation at the front of the sea facing
to return to the Provençal style. People continue to
buildings”, explains the urban architect.
imagine ways of how to best pursue Jean Balladur’s concrete work of art."
Once the dockyard has been disassembled, the construction of a dozen buildings will begin with one
About Leclercq Associés
masterful architectural stroke: a new hill will bring
Leclercq Associés have been developing a transversal
together both neighbourhoods, the masculine and the
feminine. “This hill will not be made of one block like the
landscape for over thirty years. Their projects, all of
existing Balladur buildings, but a grouping of a dozen
which are unique, encompass contextual analysis,
buildings, each silhouette sculpted to follow the flow of
formal design, a sense of uses, an original approach to
the winds, the sunshine, and the views. Seen from the
materials, pleasure in construction, new itineraries in
sea, this ensemble of buildings will converge into a soft,
the city, and a reinvention of urban situations.
single three dimensional lens shape, bridging and
Originality of approaches to construction, functional
connecting the two neighbourhoods”. This composition
innovations, user comfort, and environmental design,
pays a tribute to the relationship between full and
have gained Leclercq Associés’ projects regular
empty space, which was dear to Balladur. Reflecting on
attention, they are published in the press, and have, on
the subject, Balladur once advised not to “be misguided
several occasions, been rewarded with regional and
by the material that installs the thought of architecture
within lived space. In reality, this material is neither
cement, nor stone, nor steel, nor wood. It is just empty
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