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ArtFields Extended: Columbia SC -Artists’ photos & statements under “find out more”

June 20 @ 10:00 am - July 18 @ 5:00 pm

Columbia area artists exhibit their ArtFields exhibition pieces.

June 20 – July 18, 2019

Opening Reception:  June 20 – 5-8pm

If you weren’t able to make it to Artfields this year, you have another opportunity to see some of the work from the show! Stormwater Studios will host an exhibition featuring the artists from the Columbia area who were accepted into ArtFields 2019, the largest art competition in the Southeast, held annually in Lake City, SC.The artists, who were juried into the show, will display their ArtFields entry. The opening reception will be on Thursday, June 20th from 5-9pm.

 The participating artists are:  Dylan Fouste, Ron Hagell, Jennifer Kelly Hoskins, Flavia Lovatelli, Cait Maloney, Ginny Merett, Maggie O’Hara, Janet Orselli, Patrick Parise, Teresa Pietras, Carol Pittman, Lee Sipe, Janet Swigler, K Wayne Thornley, Kathryn Van Aernum, Wendyth Wells, Andrew White, Beth Woodall, and Olga Yukhno. For images and information about the artists’ work, please visit https://www.stormwaterstudios.org/event/artfields-extended-columbia-sc. The gallery is open Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm, and Sunday from 1-4pm. StormwaterStudios is located at 413 Pendleton Street. 

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 For more information and hi-res images please contact Kirkland Smith at [email protected] or 803-622-7838.

Artfields Extended: Columbia – Participating Artists

Dylan Fouste

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Nothing you confess could make me love you less.
-The Pretenders

The power of letting go, the power of forgiveness.
This small confessional is meant to hold on to secrets, and once filled, will be sealed forever.

Ron Hagell

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February 14, 2018, a gunman opens fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 students and staff members. The shooting was the deadliest of 2018 and came at a period of heightened support for gun control following the attack in Las Vegas. I created this work a few weeks later.

Public anger towards inaction on the issue of mass shootings and gun violence led to demands for action on guns. Some have said, “… an AR-15 is not for hunting. It’s for killing lots of people quickly.” Following the shooting, a boycott emerged against the NRA and its business affiliates. However, these calls for actions have now subsided even as more shooting occur.

Jasper Johns explored this familiar object with his “White Flag” (1955), with its complex symbolic meaning, leaving a ghostly embalmed remnant. My version of Johns’ adds stars and stripes formed by the very same bullets used by the Florida shooter and others. Are we truly “America the Beautiful”?

Jennifer Kelly Hoskins

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Growing up, I spent much of my time being introspective. I would often watch people and events from the periphery, curious about the connections of people to one another and the environment around them. My work examines introspective relationships by looking at people’s pasts through personal symbols of nostalgia. The drawings replicate the vividness of the memories that return to us from our former selves. When the past is unresolved, it problematically creates an impediment to establishing connections in our present. Brené Brown explains, “We are hardwired to connect with others, it’s what gives purpose and meaning to our lives, and without it there is suffering” (8). I aim to offer a chance for others to share and reflect, potentially reconciling the past with their present. The vulnerability shown by those represented in the work allows for connections to be made between viewers and the figures.

Brené Brown. Daring Greatly. Gotham Books, 2012. (287 pages)

Flavia Lovatelli

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Art is the unspoken language, that which moves us, connects us, breaks the borders and unites us. I try to create work that evoke emotions at the sensory level, fascination, perplexity, confusion, doubt, and the intense desire to touch it, feel the textures, densities, temperatures. www.flavia-lovatelli.com

Cait Maloney

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I find beauty in the ordinary.

“We risk missing out when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary.”

Ginny Merett

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Through history the iconic Madonna and Child has been representative of feminism, purity, and virginity. Madonna is the Queen of heaven and the Mother of the Christ child. In my work and in celebration of all women, Paisley Robe encapsulates the love, tenderness, humility, and divine that all women possess. It shows the personal devotion and compassion to a child expressed as the imperfect human race. Her face molts symbolizing the stages in life as she regenerates and continually adapts to new life every day. Her hands are large, aged representing her grit and diligence in how she works. Her blue clothing serves as a means of protection from contaminates but also represents purity, royalty, and virginities in her own right. Her jewels are her family. The rays of light in the halo are her rays of hope for the future.

This piece is intended to remind women of their power and beauty, and to express gratitude to those Madonna women who came before me.

Maggie O’Hara

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This Is My Truth investigates and challenges the very nature and core of our country’s cultural climate, specifically in relation to gender dichotomy in consideration of abuse of power and, ultimately, sexual harassment, misconduct and assault. It looks directly in the face of these tragic experiences that far too many of us can say we have endured and it re-presents them to us for what they are. It further explores the question of when do we, as women, run out of space to hold sadness for both each other and for ourselves? Further, it proposes the potentiality of positivity as a result of our bodies and minds brimming with trauma; both shared and individual. This Is My Truth looks outward and inward simultaneously: at the crudeness of the standpoint of our culture and world in which we live, and the tender magic that comes from the togetherness and intimacy; the desire to rise and lift each other up as women from shared experience.

Janet Orselli

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Step Up is about moving forward no matter what. As an artist, my work guides me toward the new within myself by reconfiguring the old. Remembering what moved me forward as a child and choosing humor and play are important aspects of this installation. For me the objects I choose possess great beauty and playfulness. I find them, carry them home and ask them questions like, “What do you want to be? What do you want to say?” Through trial and error I create constructions with objects in order to build a meaning all their own. For the artwork to come to life, each object refers to what it once was, yet becomes something totally new and surprising.

Through my work I want to stimulate the imagination. Through this installation I am rediscovering the play I was and had as a child, I hope the viewer does as well!

Pat Parise

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Coming to the University of South Carolina in the early 70’s, I wanted to study painting and sculpture. But a strange thing happened–I ended up studying printmaking as well as painting and working three- dimensionally.  As the years passed, I have enjoyed the process of etching copper and zinc plates to produce original editions of Intaglio prints [ Etchings ] and one-of-a-kind monoprints. Using different shapes of copper and zinc, these large mono-prints become multi-colored images, which creates a  wonderful experience visually and mentally for the viewer.  In recent years I’ve extended the concept to paintings, in this case a large triptych. “Mental Assemblage” is a combination of dynamic shapes of color and lines creating a  visual balance and hopefully sending the viewer on a joyous ride.

Teresa Pietras

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Art is a leap of faith and a leap of courage. It isn’t logical or obvious and not solved by linear thinking.
It is instinctual and guided by the heart and spirit and not the brain. Failure is always an option. But I will still jump.

Carol Pittman

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My years spent in Naples, Italy, and travels each year to Greece are reflected in my art. While in these places, I am surrounded by colorful tile, pottery shards, Roman and Renaissance frescoes, and other evidence of ancient cultures. In my work, I make connections between women in the ancient world to the world in which I live.

Lee Sipe

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Vessel No. 383.
Copper wire twined around copper spokes with forged tips. 3D, 10.5′ x 9 “
This piece was created by twining silver-plated wire around copper spokes. The tips of the spokes were then forged. I sought a striking shape that would be pleasing to the eye.  
I want to create a vessel that gives people as much pleasure to view as it did for me to create. The thrill of creating unique pieces energizes me and each new piece gives me ideas for new creations.

Janet Swigler

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Just as a piece of jazz progresses through modifications of its initial melody from beginning to end, “Jazzed Up” has an introductory black and white motif in the top left panel. That motif moves through subtle changes of only two colors in the four left panels. The arrangement of shapes and lines is similar in each of the panels but each repetition is altered through visual improvisation — elements are stretched and compressed, flipped and rotated, accented at different points and edges. As the composition progresses, the number of colors increases and fragments of the initial motif are added, thickening the visual texture and developing complexity. Detailed changes continually engage the eye. The consistent, vertical quilting replicates the inexorable beat of a metronome, the steady pulse that unifies an ensemble. Deliberate observation is required to recognize the original motif throughout its transformations, the same attentiveness used when listening to a piece of jazz!

K Wayne Thornley

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This piece is part of an ongoing exploration into the ways our lives are shaped by the memory of personal experiences and how those memories, both the accurate and embellished ones, create the layers, stains, and scars the form the foundation our being. We document these experiences physically by making notes, taking photos and gathering keepsakes. Psychologically, we summon imagery, replay conversations and guard secrets. The objects in this piece, found and fabricated, are glued, wired, painted, stained and wrapped together to tell a story. Some of the story within this work stems from my personal experiences, but it is my hope that the imagery is ambiguous enough to allow the viewer to see a page from their own personal history, to hear the echoes of ancestors or to reawaken a forgotten dream.

Kathryn Van Aernum

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Invented in Atlanta in 1886, Coke® has become an ubiquitous presence around the globe. According to the company’s website 19,400 beverages are consumed every second. It also claims, “In fact, it is documented that ‘Coca?Cola’ is the second?most widely understood term in the world, after ‘okay’.” I find humor in the way the brand continually inserts itself into the scenes of my world. I also think there is a kind of irony that we equate this behemoth brand with “mom-and-pop” places, many of which have gone by the wayside, unable to sustain the economic impact of chain restaurants; restaurants which are often decorated with Coke memorabilia to evoke the nostalgia of a mom-and-pop place. The images included in Ubiquity span a decade and are from the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida, Virginia, New Mexico, Paris, and Greece. Enjoy Ubiquity.

Wendyth Wells

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This painting reflects my series of the past few years viewing segments of our society. I use imaginative ways to look at challenges and solutions. Colors are usually reflective of underlying remembrances and vision.

Andrew White

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“Passenger” is about owning and embracing what I cannot change, escape, or control. Memories make interference patterns that can be beautiful and feel monstrous, rippling from places that can’t be described and echoing in ways that can’t be predicted. We can analyze and worry over the complex stratigraphy of events, people, places, and feelings, or we can just stir it up and jump into the mix, own it, wrestle it, ride it like the world was made for you and me. “Passenger” is about getting on and going for a ride.

Beth Woodall

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Here is the information about The Visit.
Hal Roberts is a good man  He is my neighbor and has done so much for my family as well as many others.  A Vietnam veteran, he is shown at the memorial, visiting the name of his best friend, Craig L. Hagan, who died in his arms, two days after arriving.  The tragedy of war did not stop even after Hal arrived safely home.  He and another soldier were attacked by demonstrators as soon as they landed back in the USA.  Instead of allowing the war and its aftermath to make him bitter, he has dedicated his life to helping others.

Olga Yukhno

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“A Very Long Goodbye” is my way of conveying my feelings about those afflicted with neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia. The horror of it captures my attention and begs the questions: if you don’t know who anyone around you is, and you don’t remember how to do daily tasks or even what your favorite food is, are you really living? If you’ve lost everything that defines you, is that still life? It’s this total loss of oneself that captivates and terrifies me. I feel that, sadly, these diseases and the people who suffer from them are largely hidden by society, and it makes it much more difficult for others to relate to their experience because we don’t really get to see what it’s like. And it’s not just those afflicted who suffer, but the loved ones who surround them as well. They have to live through these experiences, sometimes for years, seeing the person disappear every day, become less of themself. It’s like living a perpetual funeral, losing them one brain cell at a time.

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