About: Dolores R Gray
As an artist I look into the deeper meaning of my surrounding world, aware of the simple and complexity of everyday things such as cloud formations, cracks in the sidewalk and objects discarded by others. I was always intrigued by the handi-craftsmen who could breathe renewed life into things broken. I revel in the transformation and juxtaposition of found objects and the artful fun of repurposing long live items. I work in a variety of media; use discarded items and craft provocative playful visual puns. Layering new meaning and textual content, I use photography, printmaking, ceramics, glass, paper and paint as I craft assemblages and collages.
In my recent work the “Dressed Form” I have combined my skills as a seamstress, a skill learned from my mother, and an assemblage artist in crafting life size pattern paper dresses. I enjoy working with paper transforming the 2 dimensional into 3D folded and sculpted paper dresses. The Dress-form clothed in tissue paper explores the notion of the fragility and impermanent nature of paper and fashion.
About: Leslie Printis
My Collage Work -
I have been an oil painter for over 20 years, depicting images that everyone can recognize and relate to. Today, I am on a new journey of artistic discovery - using paper as a medium (a collage technique) in place of paint. This leap into unfamiliar territory was a huge step for me, moving from the comfort of realism to abstract designs. For so many years, my subject matter was before me to use as reference, now the only resource I use is my imagination.
I have chosen paper as the main vehicle of choice to express my new ideas simply from creative probing. I assemble papers to develop new colors, designs, shapes and sizes into something that pleases my eye.
Not too long ago, I rigidly operated in a linear method of creativity, to transform ideas. Today I induce visual queues for myself from exploring the relationships of color as structures versus organic forms. This kind of probing is what inspires me to a new level of innovative thinking. In my current work, I use these visual concepts in my applications of colors and pronounced textures to achieve my latest art series. I hope that you enjoy this series as much as I do.
About: Nyya Lark
I have been a metalsmith artist creating wearable art since 1983.
The passion began as an avocation while living and working in New York City, a city of striking contrasts. Inspiring me to create, using nature and metal as a medium, I discovered it to be a natural gift. This creative passion guided me to study various metalsmithing techniques over the course of my career in order to enhance my skills and to further exploration.
Metal Fabrication -
The creative process involves taking the raw materials of precious metal sheet and wire and semi-precious stones and creating works that reflect contrast; soft embracing hard, finished and polished with the raw and uncut - always in balance in the final piece.
The beauty of each natural part speaks of how it will be transformed into wearable art.