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Class of 2019

Introducing our new printmaking graduates!

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Margaret White

East Carolina University
Master of Fine Arts

Artist’s Statement
Art, especially comics, editorial cartoons, and science fiction reflects our socio-political structures while imagining new ways to exist; this is my goal in making artwork regarding climate change.

​I am intrigued by the tension in scientific and political debates and the collision of contemporary issues and traditional values regarding environmentalism:…

Artist’s Statement
Art, especially comics, editorial cartoons, and science fiction reflects our socio-political structures while imagining new ways to exist; this is my goal in making artwork regarding climate change.

​I am intrigued by the tension in scientific and political debates and the collision of contemporary issues and traditional values regarding environmentalism: specifically, protecting humans versus preserving nature and the mitigation and adaptation debate. Scientists diverge on whether mitigation or adaptation is the most appropriate response to climate change. Proponents of mitigation seek to reduce anthropogenic impacts on the Earth’s climate; adaptation, rather, attempts to respond to climate-related damages that do occur. Environmentalism and conservation go hand in hand, but climate change is a world issue that affects us on global and personal levels through economic and social challenges.

Organizing image hierarchy via layering, selective coloring, and the manipulation of visual perspective highlights the different aspects of climate change and the multiple literal perspectives needed to tackle it. In this way, the art acts as a framing device for the scientific and political issues. My work expresses a narrative quality and contains vivid colors inspired by a love of comic books, sci-fi and political cartoons.

There is no returning to the pre-human version of nature. Research shows that has not existed for tens of thousands of years.[1] But we can make progress in how we practice environmentalism, economics and politics, and art. Through art, I am attempting to push our approach to science and nature to be more expansive and socially oriented.

My work is inspired by the IPCC Special Report 2018:
https://report.ipcc.ch/sr15/pdf/sr15_spm_final.pdf

and the Green New Deal:
https://www.congress.gov/116/bills/hres109/BILLS-116hres109ih.pdf

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[1] Boivin, Nicole L, et al. Ecological consequences of human niche construction: Examining long-term anthropogenic shaping of global species distributions. Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences of the United States of America. 2016. https://www.pnas.org/content/113/23/6388

Website: https://whitemc4.wixsite.com/margaretclairewhite
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/margaretclairewhite/
E-mail: claire.white.cw@gmail.com

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Alefa Afalava

La Sierra University
Bachelor of Arts

Artist’s Statement
I use printmaking as a translator and bridge between my original island heritage, and my newfound Western independence. It is important to me that I am constantly learning in order to utilize the appropriate techniques to convey ideas concisely.

Website: https://ajafalava.myportfolio.com/
Instagram: alefa_art
E-mail: Aafa091@lasierra.edu

Artist’s Statement
I use printmaking as a translator and bridge between my original island heritage, and my newfound Western independence. It is important to me that I am constantly learning in order to utilize the appropriate techniques to convey ideas concisely.

Website: https://ajafalava.myportfolio.com/
Instagram: alefa_art
E-mail: Aafa091@lasierra.edu

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Danqi Cai

Maryland Institute College of Art
Bachelor of Fine Arts

Artist’s Statement
My work contemplates the ethics and perils of biological reproduction through printmaking, a medium that metaphorically bridges life and death. With “womb” being the Latin origin of “matrix”—a key element of printmaking—print media is akin to reproduction. A generative matrix begets multiplicity, just as we begin by making copies…

Artist’s Statement
My work contemplates the ethics and perils of biological reproduction through printmaking, a medium that metaphorically bridges life and death. With “womb” being the Latin origin of “matrix”—a key element of printmaking—print media is akin to reproduction. A generative matrix begets multiplicity, just as we begin by making copies of our cells.

I make prints to cope with difficult emotions that arise from reading news regarding childbearing and child-rearing. These true stories often lay bare contradictory values that we harbor. My lithographic scroll, for instance, comments on the current gender imbalance in China, and explores the irony of people not wanting daughters yet desperately needing wives for their sons.

My prints are not only social commentaries, but also self-portraits. In some of my lithographs, for example, I reference my own body to depict the fertile female who finds herself diminished by her ability to bring forth life. In other lithographs, my one-month-old portrait becomes the face of the fetus, who has the rare opportunity to decide whether she wants to be born or not.

My multimedia triptych, To Be or Not to Be?, not only alludes to printmaking’s connection to birth and life, but also examines its connection to death. This project includes two 26” x 20” lithographs and a sixteen-minute-long video displayed in between the two prints. It delves into an existential question: whether life is a gift or a curse.

Website: danqicai.com
Instagram: danqicai
E-mail: dcai@mica.edu

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AJ Zandt

Iowa State University
Master of Fine Arts

Artist’s Statement
My most recent prints expand the relationship between the human body and surface through the lens of skin and clothing. Each work is comprised of varied combinations of pressure-printed fabrics and impressions of human skin on paper that take the shape of sewing patterns. I tear my prints after…

Artist’s Statement
My most recent prints expand the relationship between the human body and surface through the lens of skin and clothing. Each work is comprised of varied combinations of pressure-printed fabrics and impressions of human skin on paper that take the shape of sewing patterns. I tear my prints after the first layers are established and follow the tears with shuffling, reassembling, and reprinting before stitching the pieces together. The prints are a reflection on the role of surface as a boundary. They are barriers that capture, like a fine net or filter, the actions of an artist at work. The actions themselves permeate the paper, but the evidence of the experience is registered—or printed—onto the paper’s surface. They are left behind as affirmations of life.

Website: https://ajzandt.net
Instagram:
E-mail: ajzandt@gmail.com

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Ellery Page

University of Arizona
Bachelor of Fine Arts

Artist’s Statement
I use printmaking as a medium to tactically translate my interdisciplinary interests in neuroscience, art, and poetry. At the root of evolution and biology is the power to replicate with slight varieties of differences.  Exploring these slight variations in the process of printmaking allows a more authentic means in…

Artist’s Statement
I use printmaking as a medium to tactically translate my interdisciplinary interests in neuroscience, art, and poetry. At the root of evolution and biology is the power to replicate with slight varieties of differences.  Exploring these slight variations in the process of printmaking allows a more authentic means in creating work that is about evolution, home and the psychological importance of touch. A mediator of touch is perception. The surrealistic morphing of anatomy strives to initiate a change in the viewers perspective, how they see and categorize their world, not only to thin the line between humans and our environment but to the lines between reality and our metacognition.

Website:
Instagram: @ellerysart
E-mail: ellerypage@gmail.com

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Lucy Green

Lesley University College of Art and Design
Bachelor of Fine Arts

Artist’s Statement
The series came from a sculpture I created through found object. I always want to be drawing from life and the collection of subjects for reference is necessary for me. Using portions of various paper wasp nests I have placed the animals that created this home back into their…

Artist’s Statement
The series came from a sculpture I created through found object. I always want to be drawing from life and the collection of subjects for reference is necessary for me. Using portions of various paper wasp nests I have placed the animals that created this home back into their respective places. Each bug is inside a gelatin pill capsule and inside the concave storage cells. The process became tedious and obsessive, and it felt like how these hive minded creatures work to build their homes. Placing them back where they came from is a way of containing and preserving a species that is never static.

Website: lucygreenprints.com
Instagram: greeenprints
E-mail: lucygreen.prints@gmail.com

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Tia Nichols

University of Virginia
Bachelor of Arts

Artist’s Statement
What does it mean to be endangered? To be, but only to an extent? To live, but only as though there were no tomorrow? If swiftly googled, endangered species are “anyone or anything whose continued existence is threatened.” What if you were told the Sumatran Rhinoceros, Marine Iguana, Bald…

Artist’s Statement
What does it mean to be endangered? To be, but only to an extent? To live, but only as though there were no tomorrow? If swiftly googled, endangered species are “anyone or anything whose continued existence is threatened.” What if you were told the Sumatran Rhinoceros, Marine Iguana, Bald Eagles, or the millions of wild animals of the world weren’t the only species hunted for sport or commodity? Among the human race, there are endangered species we often overlook. Society has normalized the dwindling population of chickens, various bird species, pigs, and cows for mass consumer culture. Instead of getting upset over this, choosing a vegan lifestyle would suffice. However, the media desensitization to the dwindling population of black, brown, and yellow bodies for God knows what, will always leave pits of stomachs palpitant.

My imagery intends to create thought provoking content for viewers, as they are forced to combine the worlds of farm animals used for meat and dairy products, exotic bird species hunted for feathers and clothing, and that of minorities who are often profiled and mutilated for senseless results. With an attempt at Artivism, my desire is to raise awareness regarding minority and animal rights through a coexistent, visual narrative.

Website: moemoeproco.com
Instagram: moemoeproductions
E-mail: moemoeproco@gmail.com

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Nikki D'Agostino

Tyler School of Art
Bachelor of Fine Arts

Artist’s Statement
My work analyzes subconscious human behaviors and their spatial impact. By documenting transient moments of repetitive toxicity in urban landscapes such as fleeting posters, cans, and plastic bags, I highlight the indulgent and wasteful aspects of our lives we fail to observe. From physically enlarged photo realistic litter to…

Artist’s Statement
My work analyzes subconscious human behaviors and their spatial impact. By documenting transient moments of repetitive toxicity in urban landscapes such as fleeting posters, cans, and plastic bags, I highlight the indulgent and wasteful aspects of our lives we fail to observe. From physically enlarged photo realistic litter to constructing interactive installations, I am able to address quiet uncharted moments always around us. My desire for material sustainability is strongly influenced by making recycled handmade paper derived from studio waste scraps. Through sardonic representations of consumerism, my prints and installations capture the recurrent debris we leave and instantaneously disregard.

Website: https://www.nikkidagostino.com/
Instagram: ninkilovestrash
E-mail: nicolemdago@gmail.com

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Mahri White

University of Manitoba
Bachelor of Arts

Artist’s Statement
Mahri White is a Winnipeg based artist with a focus in printmaking and sculpture. These mediums cross very frequently, and images of her three-dimensional works are used to create lithographs, silkscreens, and monoprints.

Website:
Instagram: mahriwhite
E-mail: mahri.white@gmail.com

Artist’s Statement
Mahri White is a Winnipeg based artist with a focus in printmaking and sculpture. These mediums cross very frequently, and images of her three-dimensional works are used to create lithographs, silkscreens, and monoprints.

Website:
Instagram: mahriwhite
E-mail: mahri.white@gmail.com

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Carlos Llobet

University at Buffalo
Master of Fine Arts

Artist’s Statement
Carlos Llobet Artist’s Statement
I’m a Costa Rican printmaker, strongly influenced by street art as well as German Expressionism. Currently, I’m exploring the idea of going beyond the printed editions but still maintaining the intrinsic characteristic of multiplicity in print media to create compositions and unique works of art using…

Artist’s Statement
Carlos Llobet Artist’s Statement
I’m a Costa Rican printmaker, strongly influenced by street art as well as German Expressionism. Currently, I’m exploring the idea of going beyond the printed editions but still maintaining the intrinsic characteristic of multiplicity in print media to create compositions and unique works of art using collage, painting and weaving the prints; this came about from his need to express new ideas that couldn’t be done in traditional print media.
A significant theme is the portrayal of life in the streets of his home, San José. The prints are a snapshot of the people who earn a living by doing informal jobs, lottery salespeople, shoe shiners, street musicians and car watchmen among many others. By using this subject matter, I intend to bring to the forefront the plight of those who are struggling economically in an ever-increasing world where the gap between the upper class and the lower is widening.
For the last year and a half, I have been exploring this widening gap between the rich and the poor and how the history of Latin America has perpetuated this economic inequality; as well furthering the exploration on the limits he can take printmaking, not just in size but also in its application for installations and public art.
The intention to shine a light on the shrinking middle class of Costa Rica, a segment of the population who is burdened with supporting through taxation corrupt politicians and corporation, but at the same time bombarded nonstop through the media with mages of a lifestyle that is increasingly harder to achieve.
My recent work consists of large format relief prints of people, he has encountered back in his home country of Costa Rica. The human figures are carved in a realistic manner and printed by hand on fabric. The characters are printed individually, which creates the opportunity for an infinite number of different compositions in which they can be arranged and create different narratives depending on the combination of figures.
This new work will be a five to seven-year project where I will continuously add more figures to create a more complex relationship between the prints, space and the audience. I intend to display the figures in outside areas through public interventions.

Website:
Instagram: teboll
E-mail: carlos.llobet@gmail.com

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Nicole Barreiro

Florida Atlantic
UniversityBachelor of Fine Arts

Artist’s Statement
Captivated by underrepresented women in history, my art aims to bring their accomplishments and efforts to light through the use of visual narrative and printed woodcarvings.
The overlooked contributions of women is something that I am passionate about. I desire to bring awareness to what they have done by creating…

Artist’s Statement
Captivated by underrepresented women in history, my art aims to bring their accomplishments and efforts to light through the use of visual narrative and printed woodcarvings.
The overlooked contributions of women is something that I am passionate about. I desire to bring awareness to what they have done by creating artwork that serves both to educate and enlighten. During their time in patriarchal societies, it was generally frowned upon for women to take part in certain aspects of society, so their contributions were often neglected, or others took credit for their work. I make art with this subject matter because as a woman I sympathize with the struggles they faced in their own time based on their gender.
Printmaking provides a variety of ways in which to work with the multiple. Which means I can make many prints from the same carved block of wood and they can each be considered originals in their own right instead of copies. Working with multiples also means that various experimental techniques can be applied, surfaces printed upon, and works amplified after the initial printing. Blocks can be printed onto almost any fabric, walls can be screen-printed upon; if the print is on paper then it can be dyed, bleached, water colored, and other papers can be collaged on top of it. These methods have fascinated me since my first experience with printmaking and have enabled me to make art in the way I have always wanted.

Website: theangryprintmaker.bigcartel.com
Instagram: theangryprintmaker
E-mail: theangryprintmaker@gmail.com

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Hayley Simon

California State University Stanislaus
Bachelor of Fine Arts

Artist’s Statement
The social significance of modern myth is now more apparent than ever. My artwork centers on creating a visual narrative primarily through printmaking by making sense of emotions and giving significance to feelings. It is an exploration of life as a search for purpose and myth by developing images…

Artist’s Statement
The social significance of modern myth is now more apparent than ever. My artwork centers on creating a visual narrative primarily through printmaking by making sense of emotions and giving significance to feelings. It is an exploration of life as a search for purpose and myth by developing images through reflection and spontaneity. In a place where I feel a loss of identity and interconnectedness, I am extending perception of real lived life. I am singling out specific moments in time and relating them to other moments for an intensified emotion to define its new dimension and perception of the memory and its reason. I look toward a myth structure to make sense of life, to combat anxiety, and to fulfill the desire for community.

Overall my work is an intimate look at memory and perspective, thinking about them collectively in order to make sense of their purpose and piecing them together.

Website: arthsimon.wordpress.com
Instagram: arthsimon
E-mail: artisthsimon@gmail.com

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Adriana Barrios

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Master of Fine Arts

Artist’s Statement
My artwork stands as a witness to human activity, loss, and beauty of the California coastline. Cities rush to find temporary alternatives to keep their sandy beaches alive but, in the end, the ocean is in control. Homes, businesses, and public infrastructure must deal with the impacts of an…

Artist’s Statement
My artwork stands as a witness to human activity, loss, and beauty of the California coastline. Cities rush to find temporary alternatives to keep their sandy beaches alive but, in the end, the ocean is in control. Homes, businesses, and public infrastructure must deal with the impacts of an altered landscape. Erosion is accelerating, and the ocean sea level is rising.

Working alongside professor emeritus Robert Guza of The University of San Diego California Scripps School of Oceanography, qualitative data along with direct experience is incorporated through printmaking, papermaking, photography, and video as a way to capture a physical memory of the coastline and record my careful observation of coastal erosion.

Gathered sand from the coast is incorporated into paper pulp which is then printed with an etching constructed from direct drawings made out of the same sand which the paper holds. Engraved and etched lines made from collected sedimentary rocks from the eroded Torrey Pines cliffs mimic the energy and force of the Pacific Ocean. Recordings from a drone and cellphone monitor the changing landscape. A live feed camera pointed at the horizon keeps watch on the coastline making visible the subtle, mundane, and transformative.

My studio practice is an ongoing study on how the recordings and observations of art and science translate the places I inhabit and the way I navigate my time in them. Considering humanities global impact on the environment I am interested in how art might stand as a memorial for a time passed or as an archive documenting a place that may no longer exist. The coast is transforming it moves with the water, the earth and the people that pass through it.

Website: adrianabarrios.weebly.com
Instagram: adriana_barrios_art.com
E-mail: adrianabarrios619@gmail.com

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Sydney Brown

Kansas City Art Institute
Bachelor of Fine Arts

Artist’s Statement
Through printmaking and detailed drawings, I seek to examine and illustrate my own female identity within current society. Influenced by “rememory”, the recollection of traumatic experiences that emerge to our consciousness in non-linear flashes, I create portraits of female figures, or “characters”, that are utilized as substitutions of…

Artist’s Statement
Through printmaking and detailed drawings, I seek to examine and illustrate my own female identity within current society. Influenced by “rememory”, the recollection of traumatic experiences that emerge to our consciousness in non-linear flashes, I create portraits of female figures, or “characters”, that are utilized as substitutions of myself. These convey a profound sense of emotional anxiety, sadness, anger, and fear through personal storytelling. I explore themes investigating female sexulaity, personal symbolism and tropes that relate to the domesticity, stereotypes and fertility (or lack of). To me, inquiring about female sexuality is crucial as it highlights the unspoken, it is something women are expected not to speak about openly. By using prints, I am able to allow for collaboration between myself and the plate, configuring what it is to be a woman and to reveal my own personal experiences to an unexpecting audience.

Website: www.sydneybrownprints.weebly.com
Instagram: _sydneybrown_1
E-mail: sebrown@kcai.edu

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Shara Poole

California State University Sacramento
Bachelor of Arts

Artist’s Statement
With origins in the preservation of thoughts, ideas and events, I am inspired by printmaking’s inherent connections to time and memory. In my work, I explore loss and remembrance while employing various combinations of traditional and contemporary printmaking techniques which work to simultaneously omit and augment details. My subjects…

Artist’s Statement
With origins in the preservation of thoughts, ideas and events, I am inspired by printmaking’s inherent connections to time and memory. In my work, I explore loss and remembrance while employing various combinations of traditional and contemporary printmaking techniques which work to simultaneously omit and augment details. My subjects, stoic white silhouettes, faceless and ghoulish, find themselves dissolving into a misty atmosphere of dust motes and stardust or merging into the emptiness of blank paper. Fleshy bubblegum and hazy fog become the colors of flawed and faded memories, while the distorted figures echo the uneasiness and irrelevancy that comes with feeling disconnected from one’s past.  

Website: www.sharamercadopoole.com
Instagram: s_rose_art
E-mail: sharapoole@csus.edu

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Patricia Hood

Florida Atlantic University
Bachelor of Fine Arts

Artist’s Statement
I have been fascinated by the charm and visionary power of fantasy since childhood. As a result, my primary intent as an artist is to develop visual narratives that are steeped in my personal style of imaginative realism. Inspired by the mindscapes of J.R. Tolkien and Terry Goodkind, I…

Artist’s Statement
I have been fascinated by the charm and visionary power of fantasy since childhood. As a result, my primary intent as an artist is to develop visual narratives that are steeped in my personal style of imaginative realism. Inspired by the mindscapes of J.R. Tolkien and Terry Goodkind, I create artwork that belongs to an immersive fantasy world. Each piece adds context to those before it, and imbues my body of work with relatable characters and depth.

Currently, my illustrative works are centered in collage that deliberately attempts to highlight the common themes of the human condition; The struggle against hopelessness, the loss of religion and the perseverance of faith, as well as the enduring quest for the meaning of life. I explore these themes by infusing my work with allegorical and symbolic content, saturating the image in layers of meaning while simultaneously seeking to evoke an immediate emotional or subjective response.

Website: candlevraprints.com
Instagram: @candlevra
E-mail: phood2013@fau.edu

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Bradley Hoseley

Pacific Northwest College of Art
Bachelor of Fine Arts

Artist’s Statement
This work is rooted in ideas of lost, longing, homage, archive, and power. To look at
one’s own identity and understand the history you embody can help create a more positive future. The lens of hardcore punk and gayness have been applied to this work. Knowing that the gay rights…

Artist’s Statement
This work is rooted in ideas of lost, longing, homage, archive, and power. To look at
one’s own identity and understand the history you embody can help create a more positive future. The lens of hardcore punk and gayness have been applied to this work. Knowing that the gay rights liberation sparked around the time hardcore punk. Positions this work at a crossroads of two communities fighting against a common enemy, the white supremacist capitalist society. This work calls to question what is there and what is lost. Where we have come and where we have gone. To quote Warzone “don’t forget the struggle, don’t forget the streets, don’t forget your roots.”

Website: bradhoseleyxxx.com
Instagram: trippxn
E-mail: bhoseley@pnca.edu

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Benjamin Iluzada

University of the Arts
Master of Fine Arts

Artist’s Statement
As a first generation Filipino-American, I remain trapped in a state of flux, haunted by the echoes of the American (immigrant) dream. Even though my father left the Philippines to create a better life for his children, as his son, I am expected to behave as if I also…

Artist’s Statement
As a first generation Filipino-American, I remain trapped in a state of flux, haunted by the echoes of the American (immigrant) dream. Even though my father left the Philippines to create a better life for his children, as his son, I am expected to behave as if I also grew up there, knowing all of the intricacies and traditions that accompany it. However, like many immigrants, my father disavowed his heritage in order to assimilate into American society, leaving me in a precarious place amongst and outside of the Filipinos living in America and Filipino-American communities. Excluded by other immigrant communities and pitied by those fortunate enough to grow up immersed in Filipino culture, I remain “othered” by those who see me as “ethnic.” Through my artistic practice, I seek to piece together what it means to be a Filipino-American rejected by what I see as both sides.
Drawing on this predicament, my work focuses on two elements: my relationship with my father and my desire to belong to a culture of which I am expected to be a part of, even though I do not have much if any experience with it. Through varied processes, I work to uncover history to weave a new visual vocabulary capable of exploring my father’s heritage from which I feel so removed. The fragments that stick with me the most tend to be the mythological traditions connected to our ancestral family, and mundane experiences of my father’s youth. By utilizing handmade abaca paper with photographic inclusions taken from my father’s own albums combined with various printing techniques, I create my own interpretations of the cultural traces that I have gleaned from my father about our heritage. In appropriating these stories, I juxtapose them with modern landscapes and traditional imagery, creating a bridge between myself and others who share my experiences as a Filipino-American.

Website: www.beniluzada.com
Instagram: @2.step.press
E-mail: 2steppress@gmail.com

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Levi Werner

University of Alaska Anchorage
Bachelor of Fine Arts

Artist’s Statement
Being born in the 90’s Levi’s earliest experiences with art were through Looney Tunes, animated Disney movies, rock and roll album covers and books like the Berenstain bears and I SPY.  Nowadays Levi is inspired by everyday life in this tech centric 21st century. Levi’s goal in current…

Artist’s Statement
Being born in the 90’s Levi’s earliest experiences with art were through Looney Tunes, animated Disney movies, rock and roll album covers and books like the Berenstain bears and I SPY.  Nowadays Levi is inspired by everyday life in this tech centric 21st century. Levi’s goal in current and future works is to create concise social commentary.

Website: Leviwerner.com
Instagram: Levitikusart
E-mail: Levitikuswern@gmail.com

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Louise Fisher

Arizona State University
Master of Fine Arts

Artist’s Statement
While day allows for productivity, night affords us contemplation, privacy, silence, intimacy, and most importantly—rest. There I find refuge in the infinite feeling of space and humility in the face of the stars. In post-industrial society, darkness is becoming a rare phenomenon as humans continue to extend their security…

Artist’s Statement
While day allows for productivity, night affords us contemplation, privacy, silence, intimacy, and most importantly—rest. There I find refuge in the infinite feeling of space and humility in the face of the stars. In post-industrial society, darkness is becoming a rare phenomenon as humans continue to extend their security and productivity through artificial lighting. Commonly overlooked, light pollution has drastically altered ecosystems, our biological rhythms, and a collective sense of wonder. Through my work, I investigate how light affects sleep cycles and our experience of time; creating atmospheric landscapes that are as dreamlike as they are familiar.

I am an interdisciplinary artist working in the expanded field of print; using methods of layering, impressing and repetition for it’s literal and visual enactment of time and the body. By integrating constructed and celestial time, geometric and organic forms, and digital and hand-drawn printmaking processes, I point to the complexities of our current experience with nature. Through an investigative visual language, I aim to rekindle an appreciation for natural light and ask viewers to consider how their rhythms are impacted by this new incessant LED world.

Website: www.louisefisherart.com
Instagram: @louisefisherart
E-mail: louisefisher@asu.edu

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Melissa Donlon

Kansas State University
Bachelor of Fine Arts

Artist’s Statement
Saudade is a Portuguese term that is used to describe a deep emotional state of longing for an absent thing or person that one loves. It acknowledges that the person or object of longing might never return. Moreover it is the appreciation for the sadness that one feels, as…

Artist’s Statement
Saudade is a Portuguese term that is used to describe a deep emotional state of longing for an absent thing or person that one loves. It acknowledges that the person or object of longing might never return. Moreover it is the appreciation for the sadness that one feels, as sadness is the evidence of the love that remains. As a wife of a deployed soldier, feelings of loneliness, loss, exhaustion and constant fear for my husbands life are continual and unshakable. My artwork deals with the subjects of love and loss, loneliness and hope, presence and absence. It represents how I navigate my husband’s deployments and the recent death of our family dog. My large-scale multi-media oil painting engulfs the viewer in order to express the overwhelming helplessness that I often feel. It is about my relationship with my husband, the love that we share and my struggle to appreciate the sadness that I feel while he is away.

Website: https://melissacoker27.wixsite.com/melissadonlonart
Instagram: @melissadonlonart
E-mail: melissacoker27@gmail.com

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Lu Colby

Murray State University
Bachelor of Fine Arts

Artist’s Statement
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, on an average day, women spent more than twice as much time preparing food and drink and doing interior cleaning, and over three times as much time doing laundry as men did. However, with contemporary standards, higher education, careers, and independence are…

Artist’s Statement
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, on an average day, women spent more than twice as much time preparing food and drink and doing interior cleaning, and over three times as much time doing laundry as men did. However, with contemporary standards, higher education, careers, and independence are all desirable traits found in American women. Through my body of work, I attempt to reflect on these double standards and raise these questions about women’s roles and representation in American society today.
I dissect and experiment with these gender stereotypes by adding characteristics of traditional woman’s work such as needle work, feminine patterns, and symbols in attempt to question these given roles to women specifically in American society. Using site specific materials such as dust and sweepings from my home with household objects, I create an ambiguous narrative within my work for people to to find a correlation between their own experiences with femininity and my own.
Inspired by the works of artists such as Nandipha Mntambo and Regina Jose Galindo, my pieces have varied in mediums of art such as sculpture, printmaking, installations, and performance pieces but all have common characteristics such as multiplicity and repetition. The use of repetition and multiplicity throughout my work speaks to these individual moments and experiences as a whole while also reflecting on the methodical and repetitive ways women conduct tasks in their own home such as daily chores and personal hygiene.
I believe these symbols and objects parallel and represent many elements of being female. Addressing these traditional gender stereotypes are speaking to my personal experiences as a woman and the greatness and hardships that parallel that identity.

Website:
Instagram: @onceinalumoon
E-mail: ncolby@murraystate.edu

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Tia Nichols

University of Virginia
Bachelor of Arts

Artist’s Statement
What does it mean to be endangered? To be, but only to an extent? To live, but only as though there were no tomorrow? If swiftly googled, endangered species are “anyone or anything whose continued existence is threatened.” What if you were told the Sumatran Rhinoceros, Marine Iguana, Bald…

Artist’s Statement
What does it mean to be endangered? To be, but only to an extent? To live, but only as though there were no tomorrow? If swiftly googled, endangered species are “anyone or anything whose continued existence is threatened.” What if you were told the Sumatran Rhinoceros, Marine Iguana, Bald Eagles, or the millions of wild animals of the world weren’t the only species hunted for sport or commodity? Among the human race there are endangered species we often overlook. Society has normalized the dwindling population of chickens, various bird species, pigs, and cows for mass consumer culture. Instead of getting upset over this, choosing a plant-based lifestyle would suffice. However, the media desensitization to the dwindling population of black, brown, and yellow bodies for God knows what, will always leave pits of stomachs palpitant.

My imagery often combines the worlds of traditional art forms, animal abstraction, and portraiture of African Americans.

Instagram: moemoeproductions
E-mail: tmn7rc@virginia.edu

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Carly Zimmerman

University of Akron
Bachelor of Fine Arts

Artist’s Statement
The damage is done; the storm has passed.
What is left now is all that matters.
Picking myself up, I begin to work.

The memory of place.
Memories of shapes, colors, textures, smells, and presence.
Remnants repurposed.

I seek peace, distance from what was destroyed.
I seek solitude and acceptance.
I define a new landscape excavated from…

Artist’s Statement
The damage is done; the storm has passed.
What is left now is all that matters.
Picking myself up, I begin to work.

The memory of place.
Memories of shapes, colors, textures, smells, and presence.
Remnants repurposed.

I seek peace, distance from what was destroyed.
I seek solitude and acceptance.
I define a new landscape excavated from memory.

Paper pulp, ink, paint, pumice.
Organic material, yarn, gold and copper leaves.
Repetitive forms resembling natural elements—paths, clouds, mountains.

Finding balance within the instability of forms.
Destroying materials—shredding, ripping, and carving.
Scabs no longer hidden; the healing begins.

Here. Strength, endurance, malleability, and power of nature.
Form and process coexist with the balance of the universe.
What was is gone; this is now.

Website: www.carlyzim.weebly.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/carlyzim
E-mail: carlyezimmerman@gmail.com

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