Posts tagged Animals
Emily White Uses Drawings to Reflect on the Human Relationship with Nature
EmilyWhite_CoyoteAndSnake_300dpi.jpg

I am drawn to the relationship between the animal and its changing environment. The rise of industry and technology have altered our native landscapes and redefined the relationships forged between humans and animals. My paintings are paired with objects that are distinctly human, illustrating the bond of the animal’s life with our own. I invite audiences to reflect on the consequences of human industry and innovation on our natural world, and our relationship to it.  

Emily White is a sculptor, painter, and muralist from Brockton, MA.  She received her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston in 2011 with a focus in sculpture. White has received awards including the Wind Challenge (Fleisher Art Memorial), the Helen Blair Crosbie Sculpture Award (Massachusetts College of Art and Design), she was nominated for an Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award (International Sculpture Center) for two consecutive years, and she is a Visual Arts Fellowship Finalist (Center for Emerging Visual Artists).  Her artwork has been exhibited in public spaces such as the Philadelphia Zoo, the Entrance Garden of the Philadelphia Flower Show and in the Philadelphia International Airport.  White has had solo exhibitions at Hotbed (Philadelphia, PA), View Art Center (Old Forge, NY) and Penn State Altoona (Altoona, PA).  Her 2D and 3D work has been in group exhibitions in the US and abroad including shows at Harvard’s Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, MA), The Philadelphia Art Alliance, Fleisher Art Memorial, James Oliver Gallery, and The Royal Castle (Warsaw, Poland). Emily White lives in Philadelphia and works for the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.

www.emilyrwhite.com

Jiaranai Apaipak
Apaipak-Jiaranai-Misfits-2018.jpg

Born in Thailand, Jiaranai grew up in India, New Zealand, and the United States. She received her BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia before moving to Toronto, Ontario to work as an art teacher and manager of a small art school. She graduated with an MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2017. She lives in New York and works in Jersey City.

Statement

The main subjects of my work are genderless creatures that are representational of me in a particular mental state that is in the lonely, self-doubt kind of place. It has nothing to do with the physical world but your mental state. They are not sexy, and they are awkward. They have fat rolls, and there is no attempt to make them glamorous. I try to focus on displaying honest, exorcism feelings. The swirls occupy colorful environments. The emotions shown on the creature's faces reflect a food coma state. To be in that space, you would believe there is a happy, smiling character because of the colors but it is not. It’s like being in New York City, you should be happy and excited, but often times you’re exhausted. I am also exploring how the environment we live in can make us feel isolated even when many people surround us. The loner dreads their isolation until eventually that feeling of dread becomes the joy and in their isolation, they find solitude. A Happy Lonely Place is the feeling of loneliness that becomes like home.

www.jiaranaiapaipak.com

Beth Beverly
Beverly.LAMBAG.2.jpg

Practicing taxidermy since 2000 and state and federally licensed in 2010, Beth Beverly is Philadelphia’s premiere couture taxidermist, specializing in wearable mounts and unusual home decor. Her hats have won awards at the Devon Horse Show, Brandywine Polo, and Radnor Hunt Clubs. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, AMC's series about competitive taxidermy "Immortalized" and most recently the Netflix series "Stranger Things." 

Beverly has been giving lectures and leading workshops on taxidermy since 2013 at The Wagner Institute, The Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, Morbid Anatomy and University of the Arts. Her knowledge on the craft and restorative skills have been tapped by museums such as the Academy of NaturalSciences, the Franklin Institute and The Vadon Hunting Museum in Transylvania, Romania.

Statement

The raw materials in my work are sourced via scavengry, as in no animals were harmed for the craft of taxidermy. All my specimen have either expired of natural causes or are the byproduct of humanely raised farm stock. My recent work with stillborn farm animals is deeply fulfilling to me as I explore my understanding of time and our attempts to bend it to our will as a means of holding on to that which we prize.  While these infants are frozen in time as an eternal blank slate of innocence, they have younger siblings who will age, reproduce, and die. My taxidermy is meant to be touched and handled to provide a sense of intimacy rarely attained with nature in the wild.  It is my hope that those who experience my work -be it a piece of decor for home or self- share my wonder at the treasures existing right before us in the natural world.

www.instagram.com/diamondtoothtaxidermy

Clémentine Bal
_1070848.jpg

I was born in Paris in 1979. I studied at the Fine Arts Annecy and Dijon.

In my studio, I purify, mix, and transform animal shapes to recompose characters I like to surround myself with. They are for me like little benevolent divinities, sweet and sensitive. Eyes closed, they are in an interiority, as in meditation. What emerges from their attitude reflects the long process of creation. I superimpose on each other layers of inert materials that will be long and gently sanded. I pamper each small part of these bodies, and the sanding becomes caress. The matte and velvety paint comes to rest on the rounded and purified forms. I try to transmit to them all the sweetness possible.

www.clementinebal.com

Jessica Tenbusch
Jessica_Tenbusch_5_LookingThrough.jpg

Jessica Tenbusch is inspired by the animal and plant species that live near humans. She explores the relationships between species and how they shaped her experience as a human animal. Her work is an observation on our role as ecosystem builders and destroyers. These works are fragments of our daily environment, showing just how close nature is in our everyday lives, embedded in our homes and neighborhoods. In her childhood, she shared her home with a multitude of other animals and hundreds of houseplants. Outside was always inside.

She loves to work in the spaces between two-dimensional and three-dimensional representation and uses color pencil, ink, acrylic paint, wood, metal, and found natural and man-made materials to create sculpture and works on paper.

Jessica received her BFA in 2011 and MFA in 2014 from Eastern Michigan University where she concentrated in metalsmithing and drawing. In addition to exhibiting her work nationally, she is active in the local arts community curating shows and coordinating events. She lives and works in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Her practice is located within Ypsi Alloy Studios, a 3D arts studio she co-owns and runs with two other local artists.

JessicaTenbusch_1_SuburbanEdens.jpg
JessicaTenbusch_2_PrivacyScreen.jpg
JessicaTenbusch_3_SummerSounds.jpg
JessicaTenbusch_4_AzaleaGarden.jpg
Erin Holscher Almazan
Alpha.jpg

Erin Holscher Almazan is an Associate Professor of Printmaking and Drawing at the University of Dayton in Dayton, OH.  Erin is a native of North Dakota. She received her BFA in Fine Arts from Minnesota State University Moorhead and her MFA in Printmaking from Rochester Institute of Technology, in Rochester, New York. She has completed two printmaking residencies at the Frans Masereel Centrum in Kasterlee, Belgium. Erin’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and has been included in exhibitions in connection with the Southern Graphics Printmaking Council and the Mid-America Print Council. Erin is also an active member of the Dayton art and printmaking community.  She resides in Dayton with her husband and two sons. 

Statement

My work is a direct and emotional response to identity; I am continually fascinated and perplexed by my roles and relationships. Through my work, I reflect on a malleable identity shaped not only by our own shifting environments, but also by nature, nurture, inheritance, and history. I draw, print and paint to fluidly move with and investigate form and edge and to achieve a range of gestural lines and marks. I strive to communicate acceptance, ambivalence, struggle, empathy, and connectivity, and to convey the duality embedded within our identity.

Initiation.jpg
TheOnlyWay.jpg
Jihyun Ra
create-mountain300.jpg

Artist Statement

Most of my artwork subjects (and my favorite artwork subjects) are artifacts: tree trunks, rocky mountains, and elephants, all things with rough texture. So I thought I just liked texture, simple. But the more I painted, the more I recognized the meaning of what I wanted to capture in my artwork. I discovered I was painting the Earth. The Earth I think is the most essential material of my nostalgic childhood past, the present, and the future.

When I was young, the earth was my toy and the medium of my creations like dollhouses and pottery. While others saw just rocks and dirt, I saw the wonderful possibilities to explore. The earth had so much texture and endless amounts of color. I get that same childhood delight when I’m getting ready to paint, specifically when I pour and mix colors and put lace on the canvas. It is such a joyful experience even though it may look uninteresting. It gives me that warm feeling that I have added the needed bedrock for my painting.

In the present, it is the world we live in. Life can get hard and can become a real struggle, but from that emerges a kind of harmony. For the past eight years, I’ve made the US my home and have noted the wide range of lifestyles, cultures, religions, and ethnicities. It really is a multicultural country yet there exists a glimpse of harmonious balance. This harmony is not born from taking the easy path. Expressing that through painting of objects assembled with quilt-like patches of patterned fabric is also not easy and requires a lot patience and perseverance.

www.rajihyun.com

create-skull300.jpg
create-tree300.jpg
Podcast Episode: Art as Ritual, Sourcing Materials from Nature and Artist Residencies with Gillian King

Join us for a special episode of Art and Cocktails Podcast with artist Gillian King as she shares her story, as well as the evolution of her creative process. Gillian talks about how she started using plants and natural materials in her abstract paintings, her experiences in international artist residencies and more.

Gillian King is a painter and art educator from Winnipeg, Manitoba and MFA Graduate from the University of Ottawa. 

Kaitlin Ziesmer

Born and raised in Colorado, and after spending some time in Texas, Kaitlin Ziesmer ventured back to the mountains to attend Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design in the BFA program with a focus on drawing and painting. She continues to live and work as a freelance artist in Denver. She has been featured in numerous exhibits across Denver and throughout the country.

On Her Work & Process

“I like having a very clean, cut-and-paste approach to imagery. In my work, it’s so fun focusing on recognizable characters from popular culture. People have such a positive and nostalgic response to them… often following up with a response of a suggestion on what I should do next. It really creates a dialogue, and there’s something so gratifying being able to make things that you know your friends will dig. Repurposing them into this new, often female body, is my way of injecting myself into it all…quite literally because I’m using myself as the model ninety percent of the time.

“Color choice is also a huge part of the work too, along with the selection of clothes. As far as a process, I often have one point of starting of… whether it’s the head I’ve been dying to paint, color palette, or specific piece of clothing; the rest of the pieces fall into place as I go. Between the playful color palette and the characters’ often standing still or relaxed posture, I’d like to think that it makes them approachable. Then the highlights of neon are what really brings the audience up close. Portraits are so personal, especially when they’re absurd and make you laugh. “

Brooke Sauer

Regardless of what medium I employ, my work celebrates my love and awe of nature. In my newest series of cyanotypes I combine my background in painting with my love of photography and botany as I explore a sense of place and observe how native and non native species of flora and fauna in various environments co-exist with one another. In a large collection of collages entitled, In Search of Treasure, I explore our human relationship to landscape using mineral specimens as terrain to be investigated, traversed, enjoyed, and to inspire feelings of awe through surrealist moments that encourage the viewer to derive their own narrative, and place themselves in the tiny landscape that they see before them.

I have exhibited with spaces such as LA Louver, the UCLA Hammer museum, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, and the Los Angeles Freewaves Festival. I have been published in print and online in a variety of publications. Previously working as part of the collaborative duo, B&T, for over a decade, I have returned to my solo practice in painting, printmaking, photography, and collage. Thank you for taking the time to view my work.

www.brookesauer.com

Moody Animals: Interview With Heather Gauthier

Heather Gauthier's style is the culmination of many years of experience in drawing, painting, graphic design, sculpture, and showroom display. 

After a decade of living and working in Chicago and Africa, Heather and her family now reside in San Antonio. She works from her home studio, where she is presently focused on painting. Heather is represented in galleries from New Orleans to Napa, and she has a permanent collection hanging at the children's museum in San Antonio. She has been featured on the PBS show ARTS, as well as HGTV. 

image1.jpeg


Statement

My first desire as an artist is to create art based on what I imagine and find to be beautiful. I appreciate and often implement symbolism and visual metaphor, but beauty alone gives a finished piece value to me. My work is influenced by the time I spent living in places from downtown Chicago to a strawberry farm in South Africa, and my favorite paintings are ones that balance urban and rural elements. A damask patterned background styled after old wallpaper helps echo the classic, vintage portrait, but I employ animals as models. My animal subjects are collectors. Among other things, they collect flowers, china, books, and baked goods. My subject matter is unlimited.

High_Tea.jpg

Tell us about your creative journey. How has your work evolved over the years? 

“Art” was always the one thing I could do. I’ve painted and drawn my entire life but I wouldn't have called myself an artist. But some time around 2010, it began stirring in my mind. “Its time to be an artist”. And so I started work on my first “collection”. It took a while to find my style and establish a good work ethic, but I did it. I had a little cafe show in January of 2014 and I’ve been painting full time ever since. I made it through approximately 52 days of art school in the 90’s, so I always tell people I took the long road. But when I arrived, I ARRIVED. 

image4.jpeg

How does each piece come to life? Tell us about your process from inspiration to execution. 

I am a portrait artist. I often end up with a serious look and a ridiculous message. That message being “give your hippo some cake. Make him happy. YOLO. Or HOLO...”I love moody animals. Miffed cats. Hard-core owls, confused dogs. I paint the animal and then decide what it needs. Do you need flowers, fuzzy donkey? Do you need cake? It’s not always overly intellectual. 

Coronation.jpg

You mention that you had to frequently move and travel. How do you think these experiences influenced your art?  

My husband and I married young and didn’t have kids for 13 years. We lived above a pizza parlor in Chicago and on a Strawberry farm in South Africa. I’ve never had a studio. I’ve had to squat in a corner next to the camping burner and paint off the floor. I think if there is anything I’ve learned, it’s to make do with the time, space and equipment I have. And also, don’t pick up hitch-hikers. I learned that in Masiphumelele....

JudgingYourOutfit.jpg

How do you recharge and replenish your creativity?  

I take naps. I look at Architectural Digest. I keep the wall above my sofa bare, and when I’m having a mental block, I paint for that space specifically. It’s something different every time. 

AllThingsTiger.jpg

Describe a perfect day in the studio. 

Now that I finally HAVE a studio....Coffee. GREAT sci-fi on Audible. Cat on my lap. I paint up to ten hours a day, 5-6 days a week. And I have little boys. If I can make it through the day without stepping on legos or having my paint-water kicked over, I’m stoked. 

image2.jpeg

What contemporary artists inspire you?

Kehinde Wiley. Kevin Sloan. Scott Listfield, Conor Harrington, Anne Siems

Share the best piece advice you received that helped you in your art career so far. 

Paint, paint, paint! If you don’t have inventory, you don’t have....well, art.

Zoë Williams

Zoë Williams creates otherworldly creatures that are inspired by dreams, visions, and the collective unconscious. Influenced by a profound love of animals, her sculptures incorporate realistic elements as well as fantastic ones, including aspects drawn from the artist’s own vivid dreams and visions during sleep paralysis. Her recent work makes extensive use of bright colors and diminutive scale to give her creatures a cute, approachable aesthetic.

Born in 1983 in New Orleans, Louisiana, Zoë Williams holds a BA in Fine Art from the University of New Orleans and a Certificate in Fiber Art from the University of Washington. Her work in needle felted wool has been exhibited in galleries around the world. She currently lives and works in New York City.

Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek

Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek creates authentic, unvarnished images that get to the heart of the matter. He provides an insight into the small worlds people create for themselves – they are self-sufficient microcosms, which serve them as a habitat for like-minded people who indulge in the same passion.

Before setting off on his own path as a photo artist, Gebhart de Koekkoek worked at Magnum Photos. He has been included in several independent art publications and exhibited throughout Europe, Asia and The United States. His first book The World We Live In got published by art book publisher Kehrer in late 2013 and was honored with the “PDN Photo Annual” award in 2014. Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek lives and works in Berlin and Vienna.

Glory Day Loflin

Glory Day Loflin is a first generation South Carolinian currently living and working in Greenville, SC. Raised on Southern hymns and several acres of woods, she is a lover of projects and prompts, using her surroundings and experiences to generate work in a variety of mediums. At The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City, she was introduced to alternate modes of thinking and ways of making through the School of Art and the School of Architecture. Glory uses her drawings to fuse her observations of the South with larger questions of her own. Her art practice involves following this initial study in drawing with work in sculpture and painting.