Category: Artist Spotlight

Doodling

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Posted in Artist Spotlight

Here is some new work from Rachel Gourley. What is intriguing in this series is Gourley’s juxtaposition of polymer components and nature.  Her concept, which is realized through a photograph, explores the idea of what is real and what is not.  Has nature morphed into something strange and new or are portions of the composition something else all together?   Being removed from reality, via the window of the photographic picture plane, only serves to enhance the illusion.

New Growth: Jasmyne Graybill

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Posted in Artist Spotlight, Concept-based Works
Jasmyne Graybill crusted muffin cream fungus

It is always good to discover artists doing exciting things with polymer. Jasmyne Graybill’s work is part of a recent article by Monica Moses, “Fungus Among Us” in the August/September 2012 issue of American Craft.  While not the most appealing topic, albeit relevant for our current hot summer months, Graybill uses polymer to mimic mold, lichen and fungi growing unchecked on  what are mostly common household objects.

Elissa Farrow-Savos: Sharing Tales

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Posted in Artist Spotlight, Narrative Works
Elissa Farrow-Savos, How does she get herself into these messes?

Telling a story is the heart of Elissa Farrow-Savos’ work.  Combining polymer with found objects, Farrow-Savos’ sculptures speak to the eye and the soul.   Most of her work is feminine in orientation and explores the timeless tales of women’s lives.  While her first love was figure drawing and painting, when Farrow-Savos returned to her studio after a pause for childbearing, she no longer felt satisfaction in 2D work.  Floundering, Farrow-Savos happened upon polymer and soon discovered that sculpting provided her with a new form of narration.

Measure twice, cut once: Sandra McCaw

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Posted in Artist Spotlight, Techniques
Sandra McCaw, Falling Leaves Necklace, 2007

Some of the earliest polymer work done in the United States was related to the technique of caning, or constructing a pattern that remains intact through the length of a cylinder.  Many polymer artists began with cane work.  While some moved on, others became extremely skilled at creating and combining patterns. Sandra McCaw is one of the experts.  

Mirror Image: Sarah Shriver

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Posted in Artist Spotlight, Techniques
Sarah Shriver, Aqua, Gold and Purple Bracelet, 2009

  Some of the earliest polymer work done in the United States was related to the technique of caning, or constructing a pattern that continued intact throughout the length of a cylinder.   In honor of the opening of the “Terra Nova: Polymer Art at the Crossroads” show at the Racine Art Museum, it seems fitting to focus on masterful cane work.