Virtual Gallery Spring 2021
Welcome to the Homewood Arts Council's second virtual gallery. We are excited to feature the works of these talented artists. Enjoy! Click on the gallery to view full size and to see descriptions and pricing. If you are interested in purchasing a piece from this exhibit, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Ana creates new genre and translation through unrealistic rearrangement of animals and nature.
My practice is primarily rooted in public communication and the building of “social networks” as a means of distributing art objects beyond the gallery space. This work is a tool for political engagement. I have committed my studio practice to the private labors involved in the production of handmade objects for public consumption during this time of digital supremacy. The time spent in production acts as a rumination on resistance. The “slow” methods of letterpress printing and hand papermaking also allow for the repurposing of otherwise discarded materials into feminist fury. The resulting text-based multiples ensure a tactile viewing experience and seamlessly transition from wall art to protest sign to print take-away and back again. They are meant for viewing in public spaces, such as, but not limited to: community health centers, alleys, hair salons, dating profile photos, bookstores and bar bathrooms. In my most recent body of work, I have transformed ephemera from letterpress printing, sewing and hand papermaking into figurative originals on canvas, which embody and represent intersectional identity through interdisciplinary practice.
River Forest, Illinois
My work is about expressing ideas, feelings, complaints, protests, in the form of something that people recognize. These have included medals, household shrines, tiny houses, and clothing. I have expressed frustration about housework, grief about the death of my child, made abstract work about the challenge of juggling it all. Currently I am working with clothing and the house form. Houses are seen in the Jungian tradition as a metaphor for self. Some of my Tiny Houses are about identity and feelings. While the Tiny Houses are about emotions and memory, the wearable art (which may or may not ever be worn) is all about protest and craftivism, using traditional methods of women’s handwork, applied to commercially made garments. I use appliqué, embroidery, found quilt blocks, textile collage and quilting, together with quotes, poems and slogans to get the viewer to take a look at my message, to pay attention.
I am painting with oil for its range of expression and versatility. There is a great history of excellence with oil paints. I am committed to following the lessons and knowledge from the last centuries of artistic development to achieve artistic excellence. I begin by finding a subject matter that moves me, and stirs my soul. I contemplate the design of the painting, and simplify the shapes to create an interesting composition that draws the viewer into the painting. My goal is to connect with the beauty and wonder of that moment.
My artwork has been about responding to social justice as a critique through paintings and theatrical constructions. If you asked a young child what they thought human traffic was they might tell you it’s being stuck in a crowded room with too many tall legs around you or an adolescent might tell you it means pedestrians, and to many adults it might symbolize the migration of people or on a local scale represent the motion of commuters or festive attendees. What they are less likely to connect with is the flow of hidden and illicit human trafficking within their own community.
My work looks towards a positive renewal of life through rebirth and social justice issues. I wish to give a voice to those without one and who strive for a better life. I find my motivation is a response toward the ugliness I experienced throughout the Iraq war. As an artist, my main interests are in representing social injustice, responding to human suffering, and raising awareness about women and children and their struggle in war-torn countries in the Middle-East. The purpose of my work and my research is to tell a story about history, culture, and daily life in Iraq. This is not only my story but the story of the Iraqi people. As an artist, I’m inspired to draw, paint, and make sculptures that connect and inspire others.
My name is Searra Vinnett and I'm a young woman from Chicago's south-side. I've been painting since 2015 with no past education in the art field. I started painting really as a form of therapy for myself since I've been trying to find some way to relax versus a bunch of pain meds that my doctors prescribe. Basically my paintings are stories that I am able to tell using a rich color palette to create each piece with emotion. Every stroke I make is a burst of happiness and relaxation to me. My art gives me a way to express myself in a unique way that can link people from all different backgrounds. Art gives me the freedom to turn my pain into something beautiful that can bring people together, whether they come from a world of art, a world of faith, a world of music or any other backgrounds. With the many obstacles of health in my life I feel art is a true form of therapy better than any medicine available. And I hope it can help others feel that anything is possible.
I am freelance illustrator and graphic designer based in Chicago. My work mostly consists of documenting life through drawing. My pieces are focused on my relationship with nature, people and all the other creatures, but also relationship with my emotional self. My drawings offen depict my dreams, certain events and patterns of everyday life. Because of my curiosity my work also expands across other mediums such as sewing, tattooing, print making, jewelry design, and bookbinding. My Illustration and Design background strongly reflects on my work in all these mediums.
Suki Michelle Clark
Round Lake Beach, Illinois
My work is a celebration of color and form. Having been trained in more traditional media, with a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute, i now do primarily digital painting. This offers a virtually limitless arena for artistic expression. I often begin with a photo or just a splash of color, then manipulate, paint, and draw until my images takes shape, telling me what it wants to be. My abstracts are displays of emotions open to interpretation. My contemporary pieces are often whimsical and lyrical. I have yet to become loyal to one specific style, and I’ve been creating art for more than 50 years.
Inspired by Einstein, modern musings about the nature of Time, and various works of fiction, I imagine a dimension in which our distinctions between past, present, and future are merely an illusion. I also explore a theory based loosely on the writings of American philosopher Thomas Nagel, and conjure a realm in which Consciousness is not simply an accident of evolution, but rather a reality unto itself. Combining and exaggerating these two viewpoints, I go one step further and propose a land where all times exist simultaneously and where perception is the very basis of reality, a place where thought is the foundation of life itself.
In this dimension we can see how our thoughts and beliefs inform or even distort our experiences. Multiple manifestations of people or things may exist within the same environment, displaying our many personas, illustrating movement, or describing some form of transformation. Here the living mind is laid bare, our motivations taking on form and substance. As we strip away material reality, the laws of physics, and the constraints of Time, we see thoughts and fears unchained, passions and fantasies unrestrained by reason.