For our Winter 2015 issue, a number of women contributed explorations of a single concept – be it in subject, form or process. So in conjunction with our featured artist, I selected three works from three contributing artists to allow our readers a fuller view of their sensibilities as confident mark-makers.
Michelle Latham’s bold contour drawings in her “Sibling” series express character in simplicity. Each mark carries a weight. Latham is a printmaker by trade, an identity that shines through in her ink drawings.
Kelly Neidig explores the desolate yet comfortable landscapes of Oregon in paint. She breaks down familiar land and sky into amorphous lines and shapes making for vaguely familiar scenes while allowing Neidig to develop a trademark style.
Erin Leichty uses visceral mediums like plaster and wax to create layers in her mixed-media paintings featuring text and female forms. Her clean compositions create a deceptively safe viewing space that, upon a deeper gaze, reveals both literal and psychological layers.
Brittany Chavez, our featured artist, conversely dares to give minimum information to tell a story in her photographs. Yet, like with all of our winter artists, it is Brittany’s marks – what she has chosen to frame – that carries each piece.