Amidst a changing and challenging political environment, one filled with high emotions and expressive voices, I am reminded of what a communicative tool art can be. There is power in creating, whether it is crafting a bold statement or participating in a meditative studio session undertaken for solace and sanity. I thank the four artists who have shared the products of their creating in this issue.
Carolyn Hazel Drake uses clay and fiber to construct sculptures of familiar objects. They conjure images of both safety and adventure, their natural color palettes hinting at a pure love of raw material.
Katy Bisby has a knack for female portraiture – or, perhaps, depicting feelings disguised as young women. For example, the artist accompanies her metalpoint drawing of a girl caught in a paper finger trap with this captioned sentiment: “The frustration that comes when those who cause your trap are the ones who think they’re best suited to be your savior.” I got goosebumps.
Writer, editor, and artist Torea Frey combines a love of textual and visual communication. She isolates and circles words and phrases either by design or by accident of pattern as she illuminates found book pages. We seek to follow her secret code, to read between the lines.
In Shannon Carlson’s layered encaustic paintings, we latch on to familiar structures, like wind turbines. They are both a visual resting place in the atmospheric landscapes and a reminder that strong forces can be present behind apparent quietude.
After you have browsed here, you can learn more about each artist (and see more work) on their respective websites, all listed in the “Contributors” section of this issue.
-Sarah Fagan, Art Editor