Two Visions of Earth
An exhibit of artworks by:
August 7, 2020
Jenn Noel (Pottery)
Alice Webb (Oil Painting)
From: 3:00-7:00 PM
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Show Closes: September 25, 2020
Jenn Noel states, "As a ceramic artist, I enjoy transforming clay into a functional piece of pottery. each step of this ancient journey commands your complete attention and has taught me to slow down focus, and pay more attention to create functional ceramics, and strive to infuse beauty into the objects that we use everyday. I want to challenge the way we see utilitarian objects by showing that they can be both useful and artistic. I enjoy making simple shapes that you want to hold and use in your daily life and feel this gives me a connection with the people that use my artwork. I have studied the Arita method of Japanese porcelain under Kathy Cyman at UNM and continue to incorporate these techniques into my stoneware. I work primarily on the wheel, and use an electric kiln so that I can control how fast the kiln cools down. I am currently exploring firing low-fire glazes to a high fire temperature, pushing the limits of what they can do. By having a carrier glaze, and a glaze that stops the flux of the low-fire glaze, I am able to create unique, one of a kind pieces".
Alice Webb states, "As an artist, the creation of images that the viewer can reflect on and be rejuvenated by has always been my top priority. When I moved to Taos in the early 70's I found myself surrounded by a landscape so immense and filled with such a fierce beauty that I began to focus my work on these natural shapes and colors. At that time I was a tapestry weaver. Later I turned to painting in oil, and began to work with other artists, whose inspirations were similar to mine and to learn the various techniques I still work with and expand upon today. For many years I worked outside in the landscape, in the rain, snow, wind or heat, finishing the works on the spot. At that time I painted on large canvases, sizes up to five feet wide, using an easel specifically designed for working on over sized canvases outside. Today, the work has grown in complexity and depth and takes much more time to complete so I work inside. However, those early years when I studied light and shadow, the movement of the earth as it circled the sun and the almost imperceptible changes that occur in nature as the seasons slowly pass, are an indispensable underpinning of my work. Today, when I do venture out into the landscape. I use small supports to take color and compositional notes and I take lots of photos. While, I have experimented with acrylics and will occasionally use them for underpainting I primarily work with oils since they are capable of producing a greater luminosity. Back in the studio I may create a more completed study before I enlarge the image. I might also move a mountain or a river to suit my vision. I work by first applying very fluid and transparent layers of color to large areas. Then I increase the viscosity of the paint until it is opaque for the details. It is important to leave small areas of the transparent layer peeking through though since this creates the illusion of depth. Hopefully then I create feast for your eyes. Please enjoy!
Artist's Addie Draper (Mixed Media), Carl Gray Witkop (Burnished Earthenware Vessels)
Possible Artist's Reception: June 5, 2020
Exhibition curated on May 15, 2020
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Addie Draper states, My work usually revolves around some aspect of nature. It evolves and moves ad rotates, using different media, different perspectives. My current work is on an exploration into natural forms, vegetative and geological. I use handmade paper into which I have incorporated grasses and other plants from my land. I also am using ecodyed paper which is a dying process using natural dyes and imprints from leaves, bark, flowers. Again I try to use the plants from my land. I am interested in textural qualities. I like my hand made paper rough, showing the grasses and fibers of the plants. The ecodyed paper produces a many layered effect where the various elements may lose their identity but produce a mysterious texture and color to the overall effect.
Carl Gray Witkop, states, I forget who it was who said: It is the job of the artist to teach people to see. As a potter I attempt to reveal to people what wizards call wild magic, the magic that dwells all around us. A wad of mud can transform into a beautiful vessel. Look closely. You can see the texture of the clay, you can see a little of what can be done with clay. If you are an artist, a wizard, you might catch a dream of what else might happen when mere mud becomes a medium. I often dig clay from he ground instead of purchasing it at a ceramic supply store. Digging ones own clay brings you to intimacy with the earth. Processing it so that it can be used, forming it with your hands, firing it with wood from the forest that the earth put forth, in a hole dug in the same earth that yielded the clay, is a way of allowing wild magic to enfold you.
I have a series where I stack paper on edge, creating layers reminiscent of geological layers. I also use the grid concept. I like the sense of order it provides, underlying a more chaotic surface area. Throughout all I try for a sense of movement and growth.