Still life as a theme can mean almost anything that isn't moving, but as a subject of painting or sculpture it can have infinite possibilities. As a painter of still lives, I find them endlessly fascinating.
Lindsey Wolkowicz is a visual artist whose work primarily lies in drawing, but also utilizes sculpture, video and performance. Through the intersection and interruption of figures and abstracted spatial elements created by lines, color, geometry and planes, her work on paper examines the way the body occupies space. Her three dimensional work is set up in a way to physically connect with the viewer.
Miya Ando's metal canvases and sculpture articulate themes of contradiction and juxtaposition of ideas. The foundation of her practice is transformation of surfaces. Half Japanese and half Russian-American, Ando is a descendant of Bizen sword makers and was raised in a Buddhist temple in Japan and in coastal Northern California.
Margaret Neill is our newest Featured Artist from the BRIC Registry. Neill works with shape, form, line and color in several different media to create abstract works that draw attention to the fluidity of time. Her works are process-oriented and carry references to aspects of nature such as weather and the color of earth, sea, and sky.
The artists I have selected from the BRIC Registry use a broad reach of tactile media including textiles, sewing, crochet and woodwork—many of which as a craft or practice are centuries old. Decades ago, artists collapsed the notion that these traditional media are for conventional use only, embedding them with contemporary issues and conceptual ideas. Is it a collective need in our techno-driven age to reconnect with tradition and the era of handmade objects?