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Medium: Mixed Media, collage: found and recycled materials, handmade and commercial papers, ink, acrylic paint
Dimensions: 8.5 x 11.5 inches
It’s been hard to be diligent and creative with my art practice over last 12 months. Often I’ve really had to force it, but I believe it’s important for artists to keep going…Art is a connector that brings people together in a positive way, something sorely needed these days. As self-motivation I post daily on Instagram, where I also see so much wonderful work from artists worldwide. Giving myself permission to JUST PLAY! as a respite from the constant bombardment of awful news, I’ve come upon ideas that have inspired me…like that of a German artist who creates lovely whimsical collages on disassembled commercial packaging boxes. My “Obi 1” came about as a result. I enjoy the free-for-all mix of colors and materials that come together, reminding me of a richly woven brocade obi. Then there’s the humble, ironic truth on the back side – an Arm & Hammer baking soda box – that makes me laugh…
Barbara G. Karyo
Medium: Clay: terracotta
Dimensions: 7.5 x 10 x 3 inches
I started making teapots as a break from my more “serious” work. They are, however, becoming as serious as any other work, due to the “current climate” in the most literal sense. The title of this new series of teapots is “There’s No Time For Teatime” referencing the need for action on climate change.
Medium: Metal: aluminum wire, spun copper, woven and sewn copper wire
Dimensions: 44 x 24 x 30 inches
My work is a study of personalities and environments, recording moments of humanity unfolding in nature. These works unveil facades and penetrate issues, revealing the true nature of humanity in this current climate. Exodus series: the delicate nature of humanity is portrayed through these ephemeral forms, creating haunting shadows as important as the physical beings. Isolation triggers time for introspection. Instead of depicting people in society, I’m finding humanity through nature, a place to which I have unlimited access. Capturing body language, gesture and expression and their relation to emotion and character, are reflective of the human condition. Technique and materiality are as important as subject and concept. Strong in construction, but these figures appear light and vulnerable so the viewer can penetrate the surface to look deeper. We are all one species, equally vulnerable and must stand together to find place, belonging and comfort in these uncertain times.
Medium: Clay: wood fired paper clay, wood frame
Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 2 inches each of triptych, with frame
Price: $75 each
The characteristics of the rings inside a tree can tell scientists how old a tree is and what the weather conditions were like during each year of that tree’s life. Very old trees can offer clues about what the climate in an area was like long before measurements were recorded. This idea intrigues me on how nature leaves marks as a record of the time past. It is up to us to recognize the value and study the markings to learn from it. I made a block print on clay and fired the small clay panels in a wood kiln to muse over the dichotomy of using firewood as fuel to best illustrate the imprinted time on the block.
Medium: Clay: clay and slips, underglaze, sawdust-fired, free-standing
Dimensions: 12.75 x 13 x 3.75 inches
This wall and relief sculpture are part of a large body of work where I explored a profound connection between my Greek ancestors and myself. Ancestral Connections. Looking at “Attic Pottery” the painted figures on them conversed about their lives. I saw their pain, their joy, sorrow, met and unmet needs I heard them speak about their connections, love and lack of connections, grief, isolation. It was piqued by curiosity that it doesn’t matter when and where one lives, our humanity is always present. As this “Current Climate” has been wrought with disturbing moments and situations, I find these pieces representative of my own fear and instability for our homeland.
Elaine Mayers Salkaln
Words Are Not My Mother-Tongue
Medium: Mixed Media, Installation: stoneware cone 6 Word Plate with assorted group of edibles, including 3-pointed star showing the opposite energies seen on the color wheel: red/green; orange/blue; violet/yellow
Dimensions: 4 x 15 inches
Escape, outside, has always been my salvation…
But this pandemic with its frightening potentialities,
and the daily tolls of dead souls, has forced me to go inward.
And how blessedly wonderful it has been--
seeing my surroundings in a new way,
especially my own art work
in concert with objects and books that I have collected,
loved, enjoyed, re-arranged--
”played with” and “pleasured my eye with”--
throughout the 60 years we have lived in this house.
There is a name for this exquisite exercise in SEEing Multi-Media Installation Art.
It is spontaneous, short-lived--ephemeral!
Medium: Clay: stoneware clay, underglaze, glaze
Dimensions: 9 x 9 x 3 inches each of diptych
Herd immunity, or community immunity, is when a large part of the population of an area is immune to a specific disease. While not every single individual may be immune, the group as a whole has protection. This phrase gave me pause to think of how living in a society we are responsible for our actions and words. While complicity can sometimes be counterproductive, a common cause in these trying times can help test the efficacy. So, it is prudent to travel in the same direction for the bigger cause. The minimalist glazed panel depicts such thoughts in a simplistic way.
Medium: Fiber: COVID-19 mask-making scraps, ribbons, thread, hand and machine stitched
Dimensions: 20.5 x 32.5 x .5 inches
This fiber collage speaks to failed efforts to contain the virus, even though businesses shut down. We all felt trapped in our homes, in our tiny bubbles of “safe” known entities. The virus has been relentless zipping around and through our defenses.
Medium: Mixed Media, found objects: desk drawer, paper, antique photo, decorative pins, brass, electronic components, mother of pearl ring, porcelain knife component
Dimensions: 12 x 16 x 3 inches
In Renaissance Italy, the Black Death led to wide-ranging social, economic, cultural, and religious changes. These changes, directly and indirectly, led to the emergence of the Renaissance, one of the greatest epochs for art, architecture, and literature in human history. Although the Black Plague halved the population of Florence, it also gave birth to a great period of artistic growth. This past year, we have all lived through a devastating pandemic which has altered all of our lives. Although it has caused so much pain, there will hopefully be many positive things that will come out of this experience. Let us hope.