Artist Reception: Saturday, January 14 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Sharply observed details blossom into expansive aesthetic visions. Ivy Walker, Jennifer Wells, Molly E. Darby, Elizabeth Grindle, Cierra Redding. Curated by Jeffrey Taylor.
Ivy Walker creates temporary artworks in the land and documents these through photographs. She places handmade paper cut-outs, or other art materials, into the landscape to evoke a temporary, poetic presence and create a dialogue with nature. These creative interactions with the land are brief and intentionally gentle. Through the resulting photographs, she is describing the wonder, fragility, strength, and deep resource that she feels in nature. She seeks to inspire viewers to connect with the poetry, power, and importance of the natural environment.
Walker has a Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she also taught Drawing and Art Foundations as a part-time lecturer. She completed a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Printmaking from Colorado State University. In her coaching practice, Creative Earth Coaching, she is incorporates life coaching and creating art in nature to guide her clients to transformational change. Recently, she has shown work at Artcorps in Pueblo and in Denver at Redline Gallery. Her work is represented by Gallery 3 in Crested Butte. For more information, go to www.ivywalker.com.
Cierra Redding: Western State Colorado University BFA Student. As a current art major at Western State Colorado University, and co-student director of the Student Art League I am honored to provide my artwork for this gallery event.
My work tends to deal with the human body in almost what seems to be microscopic ways. I depict the human body as genderless, raceless, and ageless fashion by designing catastrophe within a nostalgic homesickness.
The current series I have been focusing on is a homesickness but to which one cannot return, somewhere that was never considered a home. A home of disconnect and domestic destruction.
I work with new dialectics to investigate and discuss the truth of opinions when talking about domestic violence within a household. I plan to aware my audience that domestic violence is a neutral crime, even if the majority of people refuse to acknowledge that as a fact. Within this series I am presetting vintage found objects to highlight the three major areas within a domestic household: the bedroom, the Livingroom, and the kitchen. Each painting included within the found object is focused on an attack; gender ace and age play no role in my work as I am not pointing fingers, I am merely providing my audience a deeply involved experience with the hidden violence of the domestic household through physical interaction.
Jennifer Wells completed her M.F.A in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design from East Carolina University in 2010. After graduation Jennifer spent a year at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN as a resident artist. She also completed shorter-term residencies at Pocosin Arts in Columbia, NC and the Jentel Foundation near Banner, WY. She has taught numerous workshops across the country and for the summers of 2012 and 2013 was a Summer Assistant for Haystack Mountain School of Craft in Maine. In the spring of 2013 Jennifer was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. From spring of 2014 to 2016, she taught Jewelry and Enameling in Italy with East Carolina University’s Italy Intensives program. Currently Jennifer teaches at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, Colorado.
Molly E. Darby graduated Western State Colorado University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Oil Painting and a minor in Business Administration. The body of work on display exemplifies her ongoing thesis, Tranfigure, and focuses primarily on [her] female form and self-image. instagram: www.instagram.com/mollyedarby facebook: www.facebook.com/mollyedarby web: www.mollyedarby.com
Liz Grindle: As a junior at Western State Colorado University, Liz Grindle pursues a dual degree in printmaking and art history with a minor in business. Attributable to a compelling fascination with tactile process and materialism, Liz was immediately drawn to the art of printmaking. Through the production of monochromatic relief prints and eclectic collage pieces, she explores the contemporary themes of consumerism, mass media communications, and sexualization. Utilizing a blithe form of satire and bold, graphic imagery, Grindle creates an artistic oeuvre that is thought provoking and accessible to the larger general public. Extrapolation showcases Liz Grindle’s work that emulates the continuous influence of popular culture through various means of transmission on society’s perspectives on current social phenomena.