Doris Kloster

Painting & Mixed Media

Artist Statement

My current works seek to make contact with a subterranean human network of memory outside of time. I am channeling the collective memory which connects all human experience on some level. Referencing feelings that are traces of a historical past, the works reflect my research in pursuit of that revelation.

My artistic practice includes painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. In the paintings I evoke primordial symbols from a world of myth, and transformation, of alchemy and power. The figures represent a feminine god. She is fluid, borderless, representing all eternity. In the divine world of the goddess, she plays a role that is quintessentially female. Her story represents both the totality and also the fragment of the universal that is the personal.

Artist Links:

Website: http://www.doriskloster.com

Emanuel Ribas

Mixed Media

Artist Statement

(b.1988) Cuban-American


A sense of homelessness and exile have been profoundly impactful forces in my life. Naturally, they are woven deeply into the fabric of my artistic practice. 

I’m a second-generation Cuban-American interdisciplinary artist. I am also queer, though my queerness is less a function of my sexuality than it is a question of exile. Exile from the boundaries of the Normal, the Moral, even the Real. I am brown. I live with physical and learning disabilities. Though vital, none of these things wholly encapsulate me. I am more than the total sum of my categories. But they’re nevertheless significant, even central, to who I am, and subsequently, to my artistic practice. The work I’m engaging in now are visually unconventional works produced through transformative meditative practices driven by the urge to explore my experiences through radical modes of representation that invite viewers to inquire, to experience discomfort themselves, and ultimately to be freed, in whatever measure is possible. Although I do not condone universal and ahistorical narratives of the self, and clearly identify with the various differences that set me and others ‘like me’ apart, as an individual and artist I don’t feel confined to any one group, organizing narrative or aesthetic credo. Instead, I seek to embrace the intricacies and contradictions, the pain and the pleasure, and give it all up, let it exist in the seeing, the listening, and the experience of another. 

Biography

Studied Visual Art at New World School of the Arts where I completed my BFA in Drawing with highest honors in 2017 and was a finalist for the Cintas Fellowship the following year.  My work has been exhibited in Cifo Gallery, Unbound, (2017), NoGuchi Breton Gallery, The Incubator (2015), Exile Books, Zines Queens & Everything In-between (2016), Mindy Solomon Gallery, Make It Nice Again (2017), The Night Club, Inside the Writers Studio (2018), The Fountainhead, Everyday is Summer (2018), and the Lowe Art Museum, Cintas Fellowship Ceremony (2018).

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Rachel Lee

Painting

Artist Statement

Rachel Lee’s work examines coping mechanisms from childhood; her visual references pull from ’90s alternative music, video games, and the Miami suburbs. Growing up, Lee spent more time daydreaming through Nintendo franchises and rock albums than living in real time due to being homeschooled. This habit has stayed with her through adulthood. Landscape paintings depict the suburbs, interrupted by polygons and music video-stills. Lee's paintings are a process of accepting the insolation and dissociation she experienced growing up, while manifesting where she wanted to be. 

Lee lives and works in Miami, FL. Her studio practice focuses on painting, inspired by the DIY work ethic of American punk/alternative rock musicians, the aesthetics of ’90s video game graphics and the memories attached to them. 

Artist Links

website: r-lee.net

Ana Batlle

Painting and Drawing

Artist Statement

Ana Sofia Batlle considers her very still and intricate work time-based. She thinks about the concept of time in relation to its constant change and very obvious stillness. Though time is not a subject explored in her work she sees it as extremely relevant both towards her practice, and the analytical thought behind the subjects she interprets. The Dominican artist graduated with a BFA in Studio from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago in 2018 and moved to Miami, FL to continue her career as a visual artist. Batlle’s drawings and paintings look to depict overlooked subjects and simple ideas through intricate patterns and composition. Her playful, intuitive, and repetitive mark strives at portraying her contradicting feelings of the absence of thought and constant overthinking.

Artist Links

Website: anasbatlle.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/anasofiabatlle/ 

Mateo Nava

Mixed Media

Artist Statement

My work explores issues of migration and displacement by picking at the history of decorative art and religious iconography in Mexico. Using mixed media and collage, I re-appropriate visual imagery that references maps, symbols, patterns, and language to create embellished images that indulge in and deconstruct colonial art. I often shy away from canvas stretchers and rectangular edges, instead using fabric patchworks and constructions as alternative painting surfaces. These techniques allow me to use painting as a form of installation, where intricate and layered compositions are not just images, but also places in themselves. 

I often use photographic source material taken from religious iconography, art, and history within my collages. I am interested in how the process of cutting and re-assembling relates to my subject matter. To me, these processes that are fundamental to collage are a way of visually thinking through the dissection, division, and dislocation present in Latinx history and the way that it shapes the conditions we live under today. At the same time, they are also a subversion of that history. Through cutting and reassembling, this iconography is undone and reinterpreted into an eclecticism that resembles the muddled identities we inhabit.

Artist Links

artist website: www.mateonava.com

Vickie Pierre

Multi Media

Artist Statement

My work is informed and inspired by memory, popular culture, surrealism and the decorative and ornamental arts. This inspiration has manifested itself in years of collecting a myriad of materials that suggests a sense of beauty, design and the natural world.

My practice includes various techniques and materials. Often times the materials that I employ are vintage, mass-produced objects (including Avon perfume bottles and Syroco decorative wall art) that serve as muses for my two-dimensional works such as paintings, drawings and collages or as integral elements within my assemblages and installations. With the guidance of these appropriated source materials, my continued focus is on the exploration of self-identity, with references to my Haitian culture and mythology, while concurrently considering feminine tropes and historic and contemporary cultural politics. 

The combination of these re-contextualized objects along with the titles and texts, stemming from song lyrics, constructs a narrative that continues the inner dialogue of identity and socialization. Alternately, the compositions of the assemblages and paper works allude to biological and botanical structures, while maintaining base aesthetic sentiments of femininity, beauty, romanticism and sensuality.

When my work is observed, my hope is that the public will initially be drawn in by the playful whimsy of the "characters" and design elements. However, in engaging further with the work, I would like viewers to contemplate their own experiences with culturally loaded imagery or objects and consider how that may influence their understanding of identity formation and identity politics in the broader culture.

Artist Links

www.vickiepierre.com

 

 

 

Christina Pettersson

Miami, FL

Artist's Statement

CHRISTINA PETTERSSON explores resurrection and savage demise on a grand scale once reserved for history painting. Her large drawings and sculptures reference classic mythology and literature, and include herself as the recurring female figure surrounded by animals, most particularly birds. These otherworldly landscapes reveal a deep allegiance to the wilderness of a bygone era, and the experience of a world in decline.

She writes, "I want to restore that epic and mythological dimension, a sense of awe and reverence for the world. The fact is they are not much about my personality. I want to be a storyteller. I want to believe that life is still wild."

More recently, in addition to video and sculptural installations, she has curated and staged group performances and public programming throughout her native South Florida. These include major performances at the Miami International Book Fair, the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, a National Historic Landmark in Miami, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Deering Estate, and the Coconut Grove Convention Center. These events have allowed Pettersson’s work to become a true engagement with the community, dissolving boundaries, utilizing the talents of a variety of people and organizations with limited resources, and educating and delighting by innovative means.

Pettersson has attended residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Yaddo, TSKW, VCCA, the Deering Estate, and Everglades National Park. She received a Fulbright Grant to return to Sweden, attending Valand School of Fine Arts in Gothenburg, as well as the Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship twice, the largest regionally sponsored grant in the US. She has exhibited work at the Miami Art Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, the Birmingham Museum, the Columbus Museum, the Wiregrass Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Art. She is published thrice in New American Paintings, and had a documentary made about her for ArtnetTV. She embarked on her first major public art project at the Miami International Airport and Kinloch Park this winter. Her drawings were recently on display at the Perez Art Museum in Miami. Her work is in major collections throughout the country. 

Artist's website:  www.christinapettersson.com

Eurydice

Miami, FL,  NYC, NY and Greece

Artist’s Statement

Eurydice lives in Miami, Manhattan, and Greece. She was born on the island of Lesbos in Greece. At fifteen she ran off to Hollywood where, among other educational and cultural shocks, she learned to write in English. She has a BA in fine Arts from Bard College, where she studied with Roy Lichtenstein, an MA in creative writing from the University of Colorado at Boulder, an MA in art history & literature from Brown University and an MFA in creative writing from Brown University; she has been a widely exhibited painter in Greece, an assistant professor at Brown University, has lived and filmed two documentaries in India, worked as a staff investigative reporter for "Spin" and "Gear" magazines, has published a book of poetry, the novel "f/3", for which she received the Fiction Collective Two Best Fiction Award, the sequel The Second Coming' published with Virago Press, and a book of nonfiction, Satyricon U.S.A.: A Journey Across The New Sexual Frontier, published with Scribner. Her books have been reviewed in Time, Newsweek, The Village Voice, The Washington Post, The N.Y. Observer, and Wired.

Eurydice has been called the 'most compelling writer of sex in the English language.' In nonfiction, fiction, poetry, or art, her work explores private yearnings and rituals of intimacy. Sexuality is her subject matter and metaphor of choice. She is deeply interested in cultural disguise, and misperceptions of reality. She is biased on the side of chaos and Eros, the chaos of Eros, the Furies, which is why her material derives from taped conversations, transcribed confessions, and real-time events. Her overall project is to hone a language and a structure that can translate the physical feminine into discourse. She has recently returned to her artistic roots using embroidery as her medium of expression. Her fiber art connects her with her ancestors & generations of silenced women for whom she hopes to speak. She wants to bring embroidery into the gallery space as legitimate powerful memorable art.

Artist website:  Eurydice.net 

Gallery website: ArtAgainstAll.com

 

Sara Stites

Artist's Statement

Using mostly functional objects from the studio, I have been building precarious, tentative “sculptures” in front of drawings and paintings that contain figurative elements as well as marks and erasures. 

These sculptural objects mimic, in 3 dimension, the hue and form articulated in the drawing. Manipulation of the light source and shadows further a process of refinement and integration, particularly when the result has been photographed as the final “artifact” of the process.

Objects, like a careful drawing, become democratized when considered within my photos where other materials are placed alongside the drawing.

I celebrate the studio through the use of detritus, whatever is at hand, waiting to be repurposed in the photograph.  The imagery becomes a melding of abstraction and representation, always considering gravity, air and light.

Artist's Links

artist's website:   www.sarastites.com

 http://magazine.seymourprojects.com/2015/12/sara-stites-enough-possibility-for-the-unexpected/

SARA STITES sara@sarastites.com  studio: fountainhead, 7339 N. W. Miami Court, Miami, FL(305) 942-9771

Mailing address:  1561 West Avenue, Miami Beach, FL33139

Marisa Telleria

Sculpture and mixed media installation

Artist’s Statement

By distilling situations and events to elemental forms and attenuating the signs by which we readily register meaning, these works function as documents of quiet and fleeting moments of sensorial experience. They attempt to open up a contemplative space for the viewer in which the moment between observation and conceptualization can be suspended, if only briefly, and understood corporeally, unencumbered by immediate notions of meaning. Moreover, the references to my personal history inherent in some of my works, more than pointing to the biographical, seek to provide context for questions of visual perception.  To explore how the interplay between self and place is constituted, and how the filters we accumulate as we move from place to place affect our perception of things.  

Artist’s Links

website:   www.marisatelleria.com    

Elaine Defibaugh

Paint and collage

Artist’s Statement

My work is inspired from my experience in landscape.  My main objective is to create a new language from Nature, Art & Science.  The merging of charts from research conducted on the molecular studies of plants onto my photographs serves as an underlying story revealing another element of nature we don’t visually see.  This is mysterious and intriguing to me.  I’m revealing the aesthetic of a secret language, which often is only understood by those in the hard sciences.

I intend on creating a sense of time and space allowing moments of reflection much like Monet’s Water Lilies and Edward Steichen’s Flower series. I am progressing that vision and enthusiasm by merging the organic with science and introducing the visuals found in the science of plants.

I’m interested in wallpaper because of its history and how it relates to class & culture. Often wallpaper in homes are of a botanical nature.  There is something comforting about the imagery because in a sense it transforms one into the natural environment, which adds the element of nostalgia and longing for exterior freedom.  I’ve always been inspired by William Morris’s designs from nature.  His wallpaper is classic and has the organic quality I look for when I select my printing surfaces.

Artist’s Links

artist’s website:    www.elainedefibaugh.com   

Judith Robertson

Multi-discipline

Artist’s Statement

Walking is the most essential of man's functions and has been used to stave off madness (poet Edward Thomas), to muse on human nature (Rousseau, Kierkegaard), to remap man's evolutionary origins (Owen Lovejoy), as an allegiance to a cause (walk-a-thons, Werner Herzog’s trek from Munich to Paris) and to commune with the divine (followers of El Camino).  

Like many people, I walk to work.  During the walk, I listen, I smell, I gather images, and I muse.  I encounter the Mayor walking her dog, and a conversation about zoning and historic preservation ensues.  I count how many footsteps in a short block, how many in a long block.  I hear bird calls, all kinds, sometimes clear (detour through the Park), sometimes obscured (street construction along a busy artery).  A Pop song pokes out of a passing car and becomes that day’s earworm.  It is through this fluid daily ritual that we all examine and document space, consciously or unconsciously, and through that process are connected to it.  My work reframes, re-contextualizes, and elaborates on the concept of the commute, and highlights how sensory awareness sharpens our feelings of connectedness.  

Artist’s Links

artist’s website:    www.judithrobertson.com       

Paolo Ambu

Mixed media

Artist’s Statement

Everything can inspire me; emotions, nature, light or shadows. I donʼt pursue inspiration, it just happens, and whenever the inspiration comes, itʼs inevitable. I must paint. Whether Iʼm inspired by my emotions or nature, the common thread in my work is the desire to provoke and seduce the spectator.

Over the years my work has evolved from purely representational art to include more fluid and spontaneous abstractions. Sometimes these contrasting movements merge into one; figurative meets abstraction creating a connection between the two worlds.

In my work, research and discovery are the driving force that shapes each project. As an artist, I don't set out to produce art about one subject or another, sometime the materials themselves become the inspiration for a specific piece or larger body of work. I use an assortment of materials, often found then recycled; therefore the methodology and techniques are slightly different processes in each piece.

Through this experimentation, new areas of inspiration often arise that lead to the next body of work. Over time, by cross-processing my canvases some pieces have morphed into three-dimensional works, bridging traditional painting with sculpture.

Though varied in execution, similarities between the different projects, whether in subject matter, material or technique, it results in the clearly identifiable characteristics that define my work. Each piece need not be defined by the artist, but by the strength of its very existence.

Artist’s Links

artist’s website:   http://paoloambu.wordpress.com

Julie Davidow

Painting

Artist’s Statement

Bio

Julie Davidow is a visual artist working in Miami. Davidow received a BS in Communications from the University of North Florida in 1986. After 10 years as a small business owner, she returned to study her first passion, art. She attended New World School of the Arts in Miami from 1996-1999 on scholarship with a focus on painting. Her work has since been exhibited at the Miami Art Museum; The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC; The Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art; The Tampa Museum of Art; the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC; Lawrimore Projects in Seattle, WA; Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Los Angeles, CA; and numerous galleries nationwide.  

Recent exhibitions of Davidow’s work include ArchiTECTONICS at Diana Lowenstein Gallery, Miami; Little Languages/Coded Pictures at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, NYC; Dis/Order at Artspace, Raleigh NC, and An Exchange with Sol Lewitt at Mass MOCA in North Adams, MA. 

Davidow’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Miami Art Museum, the Girl’s Club Collection in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Epic Miami Hotel and many private collections. She is recipient of ARTslant's First Prize Golden Frame award, a Florida Artist Enhancement Grant, and the Leo and Raye Chestler Contemporary Visual Arts award. 

Her work has been featured in ARTDistricts, The Week, New American Paintings, ArtPapers, Artdaily, The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald,  The Miami & Broward New Times, elsewhere. In addition, Julie is the coauthor of the book MIAMI Contemporary Artists, published by Schiffer Publishing in 2007. 

Statement

My work seeks to establish order through the mapping of multiple visual cues. These cues include specific, compositional samples of the architecture of contemporary art museums and the contemporary art that is enshrined within these structures. This sampling is achieved through a diagrammatical folding and scoring of the raw canvas, creating an allegorical foundation for the structure of painting. Space, organization, pattern-seeking, discerning solution are all explored in this most recent series of paintings. With a continued underlying examination of the struggle between the natural and built environments.

Artist’s Links

website:    www.juliedavidow.com    

Karen Starosta-Gilinski

Sculpture

Artist’s Statement

I work with tempting, sexy and provocative textured objects. The work involves psychology and an obscure side of analyzing personalities from the most tender and innocent to the most evil and complicated. My latest Series on canvas and sculptures are: “Luminescent Jewels”, “Still Life” 2008, “Your Toys” 2009, “Cotton Candy sculptures” 2009-2010, and now, Large Scale sculptures 2011. 

Born in Saint Paul, Minnesota in 1982, and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. 

Graduated with Honors (Cum Laude) in 2005 from The Miami International University of Art & Design. Her work has been shown in Galleries, Art fairs and Art Institutions around the US, South America, Central America, & Asia (Shanghai Art Contemporary Art Fair 2010). 

Artist’s Links

artist’s website:    http://www.artslant.com/mia/artists/show/175013-karen-starosta-gilinski

                               http://karengilinski.com/

                              http://www.arttakesmiami.com/karenstarostagilinski 

 

PJ Mills

Painting

Artist’s Statement

These paintings focus on metaphors that emerge from the examination of common objects. I am fascinated by how objects may exist as metaphors, symbols, and stand to represent so many other things in life.  I am also amused with the irony presented when objects that were so important to us just seconds prior are now a thing of disgust. For example cigarettes, condoms, and sometimes food items.

The juxtaposition of objects arranged by visual artists are similar to that of how many poets lay down verse. Where, it is not the words or image perse that contain the power but the unknown image that arises by the examination of a solitary object or the juxtaposition of two or more. Defined as the “imago ignota” Irish Poet Seamus Heaney once said, “it is the combination of words which elevate them beyond the language of the obvious”

Artist’s Links

artist’s website:   www.pjmills.info