Andrea Razook - June 2018
The focus of my work is intuitive painting to create external images that match internal storylines. These storylines or narratives are based in basic themes from my inner states as a therapist and woman of color, elements of nature, and processing past and present memories. I was drawn to work as a therapist based on my ability to connect with
others while negotiating how to be a Spanish speaking Chinese Lebanese woman. Much of my work addresses this connection while acknowledging the extreme isolation that I experienced at my birth. I was born as a micropremie at 24 weeks when the age of viability in the mid 1980s was 28. There is no literal medical explanation of how or why I survived. I feel that this has marked me in ways I am just finding as I grew older. I use intuition to try and reclaim some of this lost strength and uncertainty.
The texture, landscape, composition, and color elements focus on the interactions between the natural environment and individuals in times of distress, distraction, or trying to awaken. The color saturation and thickness of the paint or precision of detail encapsulates unprocessed or latent emotions that lie at the surface of most of out
day to day lives, belying a richness, depth, and darkness that we block out using various forms of avoidance, technology, and past pain.
The work hopes to strive to bring elements of magic, wonder, and curiosity back to the pain and fear that we also experience in our lives. Reality is what we make it and memories are not what actually happened, they are stills of what we were feeling, thinking, and sensing in our bodies at that time. Memories themselves are not meant to be solely comforting, they can change, and that's how we learn. So much of what we know to be true comes from a place that is preverbal. The colors, compositions, and essence of my work attempts to guide back to that preverbal place.
Wendy K. James - May 2018
"Art is a huge part of my life. Everyone in my family is artistic and I am the youngest. My mother and father worked as artists and display designers for as long as I can remember so growing up in our Seattle home was like living backstage of some fantastic, colorful theater production. We were constantly sharing the living room with giant animated creatures that Mom would magically bring to life and the garage was always lighting up like a mad scientist’s laboratory. That was Dad on the welding torch creating mysterious new ideas. My Dad’s best known work was his design of the Macy’s Christmas Star that is still ceremoniously lit every year downtown after 60 years. Dad is gone now, but he always believed that no idea was impossible to create, and I take great inspiration from that every day. I was introduced to the works of many artists as I explored our delicious library of art books and remember being especially fascinated with the wonderfully strange images of Bosh, Dali and Escher. These experiences and the support of loving and creative family gave me my artistic beginnings and continue to inspire my art and life today.
I live in Greenwood with my husband, Joe and our own giant animated creature, Boo the cat."
Marva Holmes - MARCH 2018
In celebration of International Puppet Day, March 21, our own magical, marvelous Marva Holmes has her puppets up along with some of her students' puppets. Schedule a puppet party led by Marva and her whacky creative brain!!! Check our her Instagram MarvaMaker for more pics of all the amazing things she makes and inspires.
Mike Berry- February 2018
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Mike recently returned from Albany, New York, where he taught for 10 years at the Free School (an urban alternative school). There, Mike found that origami is a wonderful catalyst to work in other subjects besides art. He has used origami to help teach math, science, cultural/social studies and other subjects. When not working with children at Seattle ReCreative, Mike loves to focus his energy on weight training and exercise, teaching and practicing martial arts (holding a black sash in Jeet Kun Do), teaching origami, and folding paper as his form of art expression.
John Anderson - Jan 2018
I explore the first hand experience of visual perception. My focus is the threshold between seeing and recognizing. In the experience of sight we seek out the familiar. We search for patterns. But before we recognize a thing, we are at a holding point, a place of mystery or ambiguity. I attempt to reveal that place in these images.
In this set of images I’m deliberately using tactile methods and mediums, namely deep charcoals on heavily textured surfaces. I create form and depth with an obvious hands on approach. I let the texture of the surface media push back to constrain and shape. That first aspect of perception which is about discovery often involves touching. When we’re in dark or unknown territory, we have to feel our way.
Chris Blakeley - December 2017
Seattle photographer Chris Blakeley first turned to toy photography when scheduling photo shoots turned into social calculus. Looking for something more immediate and portable, he first turned to toy dinosaurs before moving on to the infinite story telling possibilities found in Lego. He aims to craft narratives either in single images or full comic books such as his photo novel series Adrift and can usually be found crouching over rock gardens and parks looking for the just the right angle.
Paige Madden - November 2017
Paige Madden is a multi-media artist living and working in Seattle. Her performance piece, Living Statue, is hosted on sidewalks, in parks and other public areas. She brings her art straight to the public, making it free and accessible to all. The costume for her Living Statue is made to represent an anatomical human heart, composed of two halves, one red and one blue. She stands on a crate with her arms stretched out and remains still until a contribution is given in the bucket before her. Then she gives a token of gratitude, a wand adorned with a red and blue heart. Some may refer to this as a transaction, but she sees it as an interaction between two strangers, between life and art. The costume is made from found and recycled objects. As she travels she collects items and adds them to the costume. The costume will always be in progress, never to be "finished". Paige seeks to spread love, share awareness and demonstrate that we all must give in order to receive.
Joyce Romsos - October 2017
I am a fiber/quilt artist who loves working with leftover fabric scraps to make small art quilts, prayer flags and other usable items. My inspiration often comes from digging for treasures in recycled materials and found objects. I love working with exuberant colors and texture sometimes seen in the gardens where I work.
Emily Ellingsworth - September 2017
I paint strangely juxtaposed elements to create unusual harmonies. Every part of my process is about relationships. I combine disjointed components then search for ways to connect them. I think about dichotomies, dualities, and continua. I avoid the obvious choices, as revelation and wonder are crucial parts of my process.
I stay in the present moment while working. I look and react. I’m bold and aggressive. Though my actions are quick, intuitive, and uninhibited, my paintings show a slow course of action. They have a history of layers woven in and out of each other. Previous layers peek out from behind more recent marks.
I use my whole body to paint and move the paintings around my studio. The compositions must be dynamic from across the room, but the details are more exciting to me.
I create these details by butting loose, broad strokes against careful printing techniques, intentional marks next to poured drips, one mark passing over several textural surfaces. Sometimes I move brushes; sometimes I move the painting and let gravity move the paint.
I like pushing to the edges and finding subtlety within the nuances of the following scales:
- color (dark/light, cool/warm, dull/bright, transparent/opaque)
- physical and visual texture (thin/thick, smooth/relief, small shapes or marks/big shapes or marks)
- approach (makes sense/slightly confusing, control/chance, additive/subtractive, geometric/organic)
I make sure both ends of each one of these spectra are represented. The relationships between these elements create tension and cohesion.
I always change my clothes to paint, physically stepping into my creative process. I am a laborer with a series of tasks to accomplish. I seek to achieve as much contrast as I can manage inside a harmonious world of colors, textures, and layers.
James Prouty - August 2017
Painter James Prouty features paintings of the Greenlake Wading Pool. Nominally a landscape painter: These paintings began as plein air and were finished off in the studio: Enjoy these meditanions on the joyous summer play and pandemonium.
Ruty Daniels - July 2017
I'm a self-taught artist, passionate about color, texture and whimsy. I'm inspired by the vibrant colors of my childhood in Africa, along with the environmental consciousness of the Pacific NW. My art is an expression of my state of mind - working within the firm frame-work of using recycled materials. I have sold and exhibited all over the greater Seattle area. Always looking for new frontiers.