Posts in Issue XVI
Color Washed Photography Inspired by Nature By Kristin Hart
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"Color washed Photography inspired by nature." 

Kristin Hart is a Florida based artist. Her pieces have a sense of calmness and dreamlike, almost otherworldly beauty. Often while editing, she adds washes of soft pastel color and accentuates the light to help express the emotions that she felt in that moment in time. Kristin's photography is a self-reflective and emotional journey, a way for her to document and visually express what is inside of her, with the primary objective of making the viewer feel a sense of peaceful and spiritual elevation.

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Paintings of the Natural World in a Digital Age by Josiah Ellner
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Josiah Ellner is a Milwaukee-based artist who earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2019.  Ellner was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin but grew up in Xi’an, China and later came back to Milwaukee to attend UWM.  Due to spending his whole life living in cities, he has always felt alienated from the natural world.  Despite these feelings of alienation, he has found himself strangely drawn to natural elements that are encountered in daily urban living. This has inspired him to create work that represents the estrangement of humanity from nature.  Through using a mixture of oils and acrylics, he paints figures in urban environments and inserts natural elements.

Statement 

The natural world has changed drastically since the onset of the digital age.  With this change, the natural world as we know it has begun to fade and become background noise to new technology.  Despite this, we as humans are still drawn to the natural world and tend to hold onto natural elements in our daily lives, whether that be consciously or subconsciously.  My work tackles the growing complicated relationship that people of the digital age have with the natural world.  My paintings evoke one to further contemplate their personal relationship with the natural world.

Beautiful Collages Using Nostalgic Images by Kellette Elliot
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Since earning my BFA and MS in the visual arts at Old Dominion University, I’ve been a high school art educator now residing in Oregon, USA. I was a professional graphic designer and animator before teaching, but analog collage is really where my heart is right now. I won second place in a national juried art show in 2013 for a mixed media collage. Since then, I was chosen for the Edinburgh Collage Collective postcard contest, I have done three shows here in Portland, OR, I was chosen for the Todo Loco 2 collage show in Colombia. I have also done collaborations with creative agencies like Bobolink and Vermú. I was chosen to be featured with Artists of Oregon. I have done private commissions as well as an album cover for Flowergraves Band. I’ve sold over 65 pieces and continue to make collages regularly.

Statement 

I made a resolution in 2018 to create art every day to be a role model for my students. About mid-2018, I had a vision of a simple collage with a strong negative white space surrounding the art. I took to my sketchbook and created “Playing God”. I truly felt inspired. I appreciate vintage source images as they make me nostalgic for my childhood. I continued to make analog collages, soon finding inspiration with circles. I enjoy creating almost a portal into another world where my main subject looks into it like it’s another dimension. Because I’m creating daily, I also like to work with full-size background images as well as bold flat colors that let the viewer imagine what space represents. I enjoyed my resolution so much from 2018, I decided to continue through 2019. My mom passed away as the year turned, and I found my collage work to be an important part of the grieving process.

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Large-Scale Paper Installations by Clare Celeste Börsch
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Clare Celeste Börsch is an international artist best known for her large-scale paper installations and lush compositions of flora and fauna. Pushing the limits of assemblage and collage, Clare uses found, photographed, and hand-painted images to create artworks that span from works on paper to large-scale installations. Her portfolio includes clients in New York, London, Los Angeles, Houston, Berlin, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Milan, Victoria, and Perth. She lives in Berlin with her husband and son.  

I enjoy creating immersive spaces. I want work that draws people in and momentarily transports them somewhere surreal.
— Clare Celeste Börsch


Statement

Clare has been assimilating to different cultures and environments her entire life – having lived in Brazil, the US, Italy, Honduras, Argentina, and Germany. Rich with texture and detail, each composition pays tribute to her capacity to transform her archive of experiences into hallucinogenic ecosystems of their own. The lush assemblages of fauna and flora exude a visceral and intimate fragility. They speak to the mutable nature of memories as reconstructions that border on mythologies.

Inspiration from the Ordinary | Artist Danielle Biglin
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South Florida based artist, Danielle Biglin, has been painting since the early 90’s.  Her work started in watercolor landscapes and has evolved into little gouache paintings and drawings of found objects, household items, and sardines...she loves their dopey faces.  Danielle finds inspiration from and brings life to the ordinary and mundane.  Her work has been shown at the A.E. Backus House in Fort Pierce, Florida and Second House in Montauk, New York. 

Contemporary Vanitas and Memento Mori Art by Michele Melcher
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Michele Melcher is an artist living in Carversville, a historic area of Southeastern Pennsylvania. She attended The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, receiving a BFA in Illustration in 1997. For the past 15 years, she has worked as a freelance illustrator specializing in advertising, editorial, and portraiture. All the while she has participated in gallery shows working in several different mediums including watercolor, pen and ink, graphite and most recently, oil.

Her latest paintings pay homage to the decadence of 18th and 19th-century portrait masters as well as her interest in vanitas and memento mori art. 

Statement

The series,“Dead Masters”, pays homage to my interest in 18th and 19th century portraiture as well as vanitas and memento mori art. My background in illustration includes a lot of editorial work, a large percentage of that being portraiture. Much of that is straight to the point, representational digital portraiture and at times, dry. While transitioning mediums and teaching myself oils I was delighted by the pure decadence with which some of the aforementioned painters represented their subjects. I love the larger-than-life hairstyles, lavish clothing and opulent accessories. In regard to vanitas and memento mori art: it’s fascinating to learn about the images and symbolism of these two sometimes misunderstood genres as well as the pure scientific aspect of studying and drawing the workings of the human skeleton.

 

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Atefeh Baradaran, Contemporary Artist Exploring Geometry, Depth and Flat Surfaces
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Atefeh Baradaran is an Iranian Canadian artist based in Vancouver, Canada. She holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design (2016). Throughout her practice, she has explored various disciplines, including painting, drawing, sculpture, and ceramics and her work remains continually informed by the mall. Atefeh has an inclination towards hard-edged geometric patterns and process-oriented work. Shedraws inspiration from intentional and accidental compositions present in her surroundings. Her abstract work often presents methodically produced designs that are playfully combined with unexpected elements of disruption.

Time and time again, I find myself attracted to exploring the tension in dualities, transitional states, and binary opposites within art. Painting, in particular, becomes fascinating when we acknowledge its conflicting attributes. The use of paint to portray depth on a two dimensional (and traditionally rectangular) surface has been the subject of both praise and criticism throughout history; Techniques practiced by academic painters to create 'realistic' imagery have been abandoned by modernist painters who viewed illusion as dishonest to the flatness of the surface and the materiality of paint. While the discourse itself remains unresolved, incidentally this serves to maintain relevance in informing much of today's art practice.

In my recent body of work, the focus is placed upon the tension created by combining visual depth and the flat surface together. I aim to activate the physical, visual and conceptual spaces that inherently exist within a painting: the space confined by the frame, the surface plane, and the illusionistic space of the image. In doing so, I allow these elements to break out of their conventional roles and find their own unique voice—a liberation. This tectonic play with the structure places the work in an ambivalent state between painting and sculpture.

Create! Magazine Issue 16 Contents
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