Fear of masks
ARTIST: GAIL ALLEN
MEDIUM: OIL & COLLAGE, 2021
Gail Allen is an artist who has worked in many mediums since the 1980’s. Most recently, her paintings in oils and acrylics have been exhibited throughout the US in galleries, exhibits and online. Many are held in private collections. Her belief is that our connection to nature is fundamental to our health, well being and our understanding of who we are. These paintings aim to speak to our current societal relationship to the environment we live in while incorporating symbolism, based on many cultures, with a tendency towards surrealism..
"“As a child, I was always afraid of clowns, Santa, mimes and the like. I remember crying and hiding from Santa in stores, while clowns and masks terrified me. As I grew older, I began to explore symbolism in many different cultures associated with the masks we wear. This transmuted my fear in a love of masks.”
The fear of Intolerance—or to be clear,
the fear for tolerance of intolerance.
ARTIST: LISA AMOWITZ
MEDIA: COLLAGE & PAINTING, 2020
Lisa Amowitz is an artist, graphic designer, published author of three young adult novels, and the Director of the Digital Design AAS degree program at Bronx Community College of the City University of New York. She holds a BFA in Illustration from Carnegie-Mellon University, and an MFA in Painting from Lehman College of the City University of New York. You can find out more about her and her work at lisaamowitz.com.
"My art explores the layers of ugliness that lurk beneath a mundane or even lovely facade— and my fear of those unknowable depths—the fear of that at what point does unchecked intolerance erupt into active violence and even genocide."
Fear of falling
ARTIST: BRUCE BLACKBURN
Bruce Blackburn is a mixed media artist working with motion graphics, photography, and word art. He worked as a craft jeweler and as a graphic designer until the day came when he realized he had something to say and turned his attention to making fine art. He received a BFA studying art and design at Carnegie Mellon University. He makes his home and maintains his studio just outside Ithaca NY. instagram.com/rowrbazzle
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ARTIST: NYDIA BLAS
NYDIA BLAS is a visual artist who grew up in Ithaca, New York and currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a B.S. from Ithaca College, and received her M.F.A. from Syracuse University in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Visual Culture at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. She also works as a freelance photographer for clients such at The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and The New Yorker.
Nydia uses photography, collage, video, and books to address matters of sexuality, intimacy, and her lived experience as a girl, woman, and mother. She delicately weaves stories concerning circumstance, value, and power and uses her work to create a physical and allegorical space presented through a Black feminine lens. nydiablas.com
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Mary Bonaparte is a Boston-based photographer with focus on nature, city, live concert, and street photography. She creates content for venue and band social media pages. Her post-pandemic plans are to expand to corporate events, head-shots, product, and portraits.
Fear of creepy old elevators
ARTIST: DIANE BRONSTEIN
MEDIUM: FOUND OBJECTS, PHOTOS, EMBROIDERY, 2020
Diane Bronstein imagines a world where nature has won. Her training as a graphic designer focuses on the power of image.
A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, she has always infused her work with illustration. For over twenty years, Bronstein has been in the museum field and signage industry, developing logos, exhibit graphics and environmental graphics. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums. speedygale.wixsite.com/unreal-city
“There's nothing as terrifying as stepping into a box floating in space that makes screeching, noises and jerky movements."
Fear of Skeletons in the Family Closet
ARTIST: VAVA BUITENKANT
Vava Buitenkant is an advertising creative director who specializes in promoting nonprofit orgs. With a Carnegie Mellon BFA-Graphic Design, she returned to NYC seeking an ad agency job – to combine her loves of both visual & verbal expression. She eventually landed a job with high-profile clients like Steinway and Tiffany. Although MADMEN days were over, her “seasoned” colleagues still enjoyed 3-martini lunches. T’was a very glam time that she’d remember fondly, even after “hearing the calling” to seek her own “public service” accounts. That “calling” was actually the ever-present Bronx-accented voice of her mother, Irene — an architect/activist for human rights, who’d urged her kids to help heal our world’s misfortunes. So Vava started serving The United Nations, and mixing in pro bono clients with her paid work. At times, she also veers away from client assignments to run wild – expressing her own dreams (and nightmares) with a mix of photography/collage/sculpture.
“My ancestors haven’t literallyshown up as ghosts, but they have figuratively. My heritage includes no tales of royalty, nor childhoods like Beaver Cleaver’s. OK, well maybe a couple like Johnboy Walton’s. But there were also many scenes like those in ‘MommieDearest’ and ‘GreyGardens.’ Haunted by creepy moments hosted by my relatives, I now contribute mineby ‘Airing Our Dirty Laundry in Public.’ ”
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Max Burbank is a freelance writer living in Salem, Massachusetts. His work has been published by Cracked.com, NationalLampoon.com, i-mockery.com, and the literary magazine websites (because he
is both hoity and toy but neither enough to
get in the print versions) Monkeybicycle.net and Frictionmagazine.com. Once upon
a time, before the Internet, he sold science fiction stories to the legendary Algis Budrys
for Tomorrow: The Magazine of Speculative Fiction. Until recently, he was the political
satirist for Chelsea Now, where he won a PRESTIGIOUS first place award for editorial cartooning from the New York Press Association, because gosh darn it, he draws
real good, too. A huge, steaming pile of
Max’s comedy writing can be found archived at maxburbank.wordpress.com. Max is available for freelance work, both writing and illustration, because he likes to eat on occasion."
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Originally from Maine, Robin Cadigan moved
to Arizona in 1997 to study ceramics and fell
in love with Flagstaff and the beauty of the southwest. She delights in any opportunity to make pots, sometimes that is during her son’s nap, or after his bedtime, embracing life as a mama potter. Robin creates work that she and her family use, that brings joy and fills a purpose in their home. She enjoys communing with loved ones over good food enhanced by fun and functional handmade pots.This is the Joy in Everyday Use. Robin takes pleasure in the daily rituals of tea, snack time, and family dinner, all enriched by handmade ceramics.
Fear of being in the way of movement
ARTIST: BRIDGET CONN
Bridget Conn earned a BFA from Tulane University in 2000, and an MFA in Studio Art from the University of Georgia in 2003 ,focusing in Photography. She is an Assistant Professor of Art at Georgia Southern University in Savannah. She teaches multiple forms of Photography, including experimental darkroom processes that are the basis for her current body work. bridgetconnartstudio.net
"I’ve long held a fear of being physically in the way of movement, whether it's by foot or in a car. I’m always hyper-aware of my surroundings and feel weirdly guilty if I stop in the middle of a sidewalk when someone is walking behind me. When driving, it’s rare that I stay in the left lane, even when one is around."
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ARTIST: JAN CROCKER
Jan Crocker has been a career long developer and designer of museum exhibits working on projects as diverse as vintage cars, urban design, outdoor sculptures, voting rights, aging, dialog and deliberation in civics, and technological innovations. She knits and has randomly painted interesting paintings on rare occasions. This piece represents a return to personal rather than public creative work.
Fear of itching or the insects that cause itching
ARTIST: BECKY STILL DEED
MEDIUM: PAINTING, 2020
Becky Still Deed is a painter and creator of works from found objects. After retiring from the airline industry, she recently returned to Oklahoma where she is getting reacquainted with her childhood haunts. Deed received a B.A. Art Education with honors from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Her art is influenced by her travels; the cultures she has experienced; and her renewed interest in Route 66 landmarks. Deed's art explores the emotional aspect of her subjects through vivid color and texture utilizing both brush and palette knife. You can find her work at beckydeed.com.
"Being a mosquito magnet, I do find them more than annoying. I am always on guard for buzzing and continually swatting everything around me. This fear has prevented me from exploring plein air painting and relegated me to the safety of my studio."
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ARTIST: JOANNA DESMOND
Joanne F. Desmond received a BA in Art from University of MA/Boston with a concentration in printmaking and photography; M. Ed. in Arts & Learning from Endicott College; MFA from Mass College of Art & Design. Desmond’s work has shifted from the traditional use of media (i.e. photography and printmaking) into an exploration and combination of materials. Her work is now primarily mixed media, which has often taken on a more sculptural form. Joanne Desmond’s studio, Red Horse Studio, is in Berwick, ME. She is a member of Boston Printmakers, Monoprint Guild of New England, Brickbottom Arts Association, and Women’s Caucus for the Arts. joannefdesmond.com
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Fear of precipices (literal & metaphysical)
ARTIST: JILL DIVINE
MEDIA: MULTIMEDIA & WRITING
Jill Divine is a word artist and multi-media poet. She received her MFA from Northern Arizona University in 2018, and teaches poetry and art at the jail in Flagstaff, Arizona. Her book of poems, Game, was a finalist for the Patterson Poetry Prize, and she is a co-founder of the semi-annual Inmate Art and Writing exhibit. She was awarded the Viola Award for Literature in 2013. She now resides in Flagstaff, AZ, and spends her time going on road trips and scouring the past, gathering stories from both. youtube.com
"I am an appreciator, a finder, a traveler of small roads, and a lover of words and of breathing. I hope my work conveys this."
Fear of wasting time searching for lost things
ARTIST: DARCY FALK
MEDIUM: TEXTILE, 2021
Darcy Falk is a textile artist and writer who has made Flagstaff her home since 1986. Since the 1990s, her work has been shown around the U.S. and internationally, including in two Quilt National exhibits. The focus of her work in recent years has been on so-called “women’s issues.” Her recent show “Ultraviolet, Textile art revealing women’s issues” featured artworks with components that could only been seen under ultraviolet light. In 2018 she was awarded a Research and Development Grant by the Arizona Commission on the Arts. See more of her artwork and writing at darcyfalk.com.
"Daily, I fight a battle for order over entropy. My primary motivation is this: I fear wasting time looking for lost things. Frugality plays a part, too. If I can’t find something I own and I have to purchase it, that feels wasteful.
Consequently, my practice is to put things away when I’m finished working with them. I also spend quite a bit of time thinking about and creating systems for storing things. I suppose it would be easier to have less stuff, but every artist wants what she wants."
Fear of being lost
ARTIST: LYNDA FASSA
Lynda Fassa is a self taught artist who works primarily in oils, but also makes original sculptures and dolls. Ms. Fassa has had one woman shows at Watercooler Gallery, Westchester, NY, Heritage Picture in NYC, The Warner Library, and multiple group shows including at LaMama NYC and ABC NoRio. She has been an artist in residence at The Sunnyside Estate and her work has appeared in the New York Times, The New Jersey Sentinel, WAG Magazine, The Journal News and many more. She is interested in the way paint and medium expresses the unsettling thoughts and forces that drive human experience. Ms. Fassa lives in Westchester, NY.
Fear of seagulls
ARTIST: ART FERRIER
MEDIA: DIGITAL COMPOSITE PHOTOGRAPHY
Art Ferrier has been a serious fine art photographer since the late 1970's. His work has won numerous awards and has appeared in galleries throughout the northeastern United States, as well as in Hamburg and Florence. Inspired mainly by painters, the main subjects of Art’s work are color and geometry. Currently he is working on a series of digital composites made up entirely of his original images. A native of Lowell MA, Art now lives in Louisville KY. artferrierphotography.com
"My submission to the Contain Your Fear exhibit represents laridaphobia, the fear of seagulls. I blame Alfred Hitchcock."
Fear of artificial intelligence
ARTIST: NANCY FERRIER
MEDIA: ACRYLIC PAINT, FOUND OBJECTS
Nancy Ferrier was the director of Chimera Gallery in Nashua NH from 2006 to 2011, which was dedicated to presenting works of emerging contemporary artists. She then opened her own studio in Western Avenue Studios, in Lowell MA. The signature project from her studio was an interactive offering called “Find the Phi”, an examination of the concept of phi, the mathematical basis for the spiral, which occurs again and again in natural forms. Studio visitors encountered four paintings depicting a flower, a snowflake, a Nautilus shell, and a spiral form in the cosmos. They were given instructions to use free stickers of these images to “tag” their lives as a reminder to look for the spiral form and be reminded to look for the “sweet spot” in all things. fineartamerica.com/profiles/nancy-ferrier
“AI – Totally Obedient Moron’ represents the technology that given the simple command to create paper clips will efficiently and madly produce that product from everything in its environment even its human programmers, like a technological out of control Sorcerer’s Apprentice, endlessly vomiting out paper clips.
Fear of Bandwidth
ARTIST: LESLIE FORD
MEDIUM: Oil pigment stick on mylar,
wood box 2020
Leslie Fordis an abstract painter based in New York whose practice embraces printmaking and photography. Her work is inspired by her meditations on literature; current events, music lyrics and popular culture seem through the lens of simple engagement of process. She seeks to provide clarity or identify hidden meaning between two or more conceptual ideas by combining studio practices with processes of the mind to express her metaphors of ephemeral ideas. She holds a BFA in Design from Carnegie-Mellon University and completed a summer residency in Painting and Mixed Media at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. leslieford.me
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“I don’t know what any of that means, but it all scares me. My painting practice is about layers of understanding and vision. I have a strong interest in mirage as an experience. Sensory distortions, perceptions and deceptions are present in all my work. What we see or think we see may or may not be physically present but could still be an experience.”
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ARTIST: DINA GJERTSEN
Dina Gjertsen is a lifelong lover of dollhouses and miniature objects. She works full time at Parts and Crafts in Somerville where she teaches miniatures and model making in addition to coding, electronics and sewing to kids.
Fear of climate change
ARTIST: CARLEY GMITRO
Carley Gmitro (b. 1997) is an artist and poet living and working in Dallas, Texas. She received a BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2020. Gmitro’s work explores the emotional representation of the self through the combination of diagrammatic collaging, mediated imagery from the internet, and personal poetry. carleygmitro.com
"Recently interested in plants and natural imagery, I greatly fear climate change and the irreversible damage humans are inflicting on the earth."
Fear of death
ARTIST: JULIE HARRIS
Julie Harris has been included in over one hundred and seventy-five regional, national and international shows. Highlights include a solo exhibition at BSB Gallery in Trenton, New Jersey, two traveling shows; A Complex Weave: Women and Identity in Contemporary Art, initiated in New Jersey, and Underneath it All, initiated in Washington D.C. Underneath it All, exhibited in Soho New York City in 2014 at ISE Gallery where Julie lectured about her creative work. At present, her creative work focuses upon the statistics that one in eight women will develop cancer within her lifetime.
"My current work deals with the terrifying statistics that one in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime."
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ARTIST: BRIAN JONES
A Carnegie Mellon University graduate and native Washingtonian (DC), Brian Jones began as a Visual Information Specialist at the Smithsonian Institution, Office of Exhibits Central. Jones’ art has been shown in solo and group exhibitions including Marble Collegiate Church (New York, N.Y.); 171 Cedar Arts Center, Corning, N.Y.; published in Seven Visions: The Spirit of Religion in Contemporary Regional Art by the Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, N.Y.; and, Finger Lakes Wine Country: Just Down the Road Outdoor Billboard Group Exhibition and Website Gallery, The Arts of the Southern Finger Lakes. Brian currently teaches Communication Design at CUNY CityTech, Brooklyn, N.Y. fineartamerica.com/profiles/brian-jones
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ARTIST: JOANNE KALIONTZIS
Joanne Kaliontzis grew up in the Boston area. She graduated with a degree in Graphic Design from RI School of Design. Since then her time has been divided between her graphic design career and artist living in Boston’s Fort Point Artists Neighborhood. Joanne started out as a designer of motion graphics for film and television; recognized with various honors including two Emmy Awards.Joanne’s uses “found” graphic design —packaging, advertising and greeting cards, in her artwork. Her digital collages are about color, form and texture that honor her love of design, Americana, ephemera, and things cultural or iconically familiar. jkali.com
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ARTIST: LISA KNOX
Lisa Knox is an oil painter whose studio in Boston’s historic Fort Point neighborhood is located in one of the city’s first artist-owned buildings. Knox's current series focuses on waves, the sea and the interconnectedness of all species. The artist's free time is spent wandering the shores of New England in her 1963 Ford Ranchero with photographer-husband Kirk and Schnoodle named Scout in search of subject matter for her paintings and shrines. lisaknox.com
Fear of being forgotten, abandoned
ARTIST: LILY KONYS
Lily Konys is a self-taught artist who works in the Hudson River Valley, New York. She recently graduated with honors from SUNY Purchase. Lily has received and completed a Historic Hudson Valley commission for a short graphic novel as well as numerous commissioned painting pieces. While most at home working with pen and ink, she also works in graphite, acrylic, oil paints, needle felting and sculptural work. She is currently working on her own, original graphic novel.
“I’ve always drawn a lot of inspiration from my experiences with isolation. Art offers a cathartic way to express the mix of emotions that accompanies it.”
Fear of mice
ARTIST: DAVID C. LUCAS
MEDIUM: COLLAGE, 2020
David C. Lucas is a Graphic Designer, Adjunct Professor, and “Sunday painter” living in what he calls “the pre-burbs” of Yonkers and the more distant Catskills of New York state. He spent the bulk of his design career doing packaging, publications and visual merchandising in the Private Brand division of Macy’s, Inc. He teaches design at New York’s
City University of Technology. His most recent gig was executing graphics for historic Playland Amusement Park in Rye. He is also a volunteer Docent at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers dlucasski.wixsite.com/mysite/blog
"Despite the fact that I ﬁnd them adorable, I am completely disturbed by the existence of mice. If I hear one sculling in the wall, I’ll be up the whole night."
FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN
MARY MCCARTHY, SHIRLEY VEENEMA
MEDIA: COLLAGE, 2021
Mary McCarthy is a book artist and teacher. While teaching at Phillips Academy she attended an intense bookmaking class at the Visual Studies Workshop with Keith Smith and has been making one of a kind and limited edition books since. Her numerous grants include several to Senegal, West Africa to learn more about the slave trade from GoréeIsland, research that lead to several artist books. Collections include the Library of Congress, Smithsonian, Houghton Library and Tate, London.
Shirley Veenema has collaborated with Mary McCarthy for many years, including a 2015 show at the Philadelphia Athenaeum, Sharing the Page: Mary McCarthy & Shirley Veenema. Originally a printmaker, she worked in interactive media before concentrating on her current work in drawing, collage, and artist books. One of her recent books (Witches, Magic & Early New England), produced as part of the Digital Public Library of America Community Representative program, has interested educators looking for alternative ways of assessing student understanding.
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ARTIST: DAN O'CONNOR
Dan O’Connor is artist, photographer and sometimes Professor of Photography based in Newton Massachusetts He received his MFA in Photography from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. In addition to being an internationally exhibited artist, he also runs a family and wedding photography business called Pixia Photography.
"In Dan’s art photography series there are elements of narratives, often using himself as subject, combined with elements of performance art to explore ideas of ecology. His past series have dealt with humanity’s impact on the environment by creating small scale land art and ephemeral sculptures. All of these explorations and musings are captured in photographs which is the final art piece. His most recent and longest running project is the #Electricitymeterproject on Instagram."
Fear of hearing voices
ARTIST: LISA PEGNATO
MEDIA: COLLAGE WITH OILS, 2020
"As a small child I heard voices in the night. I believed they were my ancestors and I shouldn't be hearing them. I was broken and had to keep that secret so they wouldn't take my breath away. When I grew up I sat with my Aunt as she was dying from cancer and I saw my ancestors come for her. I wasn't afraid anymore because I knew that my power was seeing behind the veil." Lisa Pegnato has made her home into a studio in Providence RI. She has done design work for theatre and museums and just recently joined United Scenic Artists Local USA 829 to paint in movie productions.lisapegnato.com
"I remember playing house in the woods when I was very little and my work reflects the peace and spirit I found there. My work expresses the relations between humans and the earth where plants and animals play a role, reflecting the sacred beauty contrasted by the troubles we have created in our Garden of Paradise."
Fear of being locked in an enclosed place
ARTIST: JOE RIVERS
Joe Rivers is a musician, photographer, and videographer living in the Boston area. Much of hie professional life has been spent in the museum field, providing audio and video for exhibits. During this time he has also produced music for local artists and has composed music for local narrative and documentary film projects. Recently, he has embarked on the task of cataloging his nearly 70k photographs and recording his 300 +/- as of yet unrecorded songs and compositions. Some of his work can be found at jriversphotography.com.
Fear of public spaces and situations
ARTIST: MARILENE SAWAF
MEDIUM: PAINTING, 2020
Marlene Sawaf was born in Alexandria, Egypt and lived in Europe and the Middle East. After her Arrival in the USA in 1980, her first paintings were inspired by her education in Interior Design and Architecture and her taste for enigmatic, colorful images. Since 1981, she have been involved with many galleries, countless art exhibits in the New England area and a constant research into the creative side of painting. In 2006 and 2008 she received awards from the Currier Museum of Art for her figurative paintings. In 2011, she became a member of the Copley Society of Boston.
Fear of being in the house (Domatophobia) Fear of empty spaces and going out of the house (Kenophobia)
ARTIST: MIRIAM SCHAER
Miriam Schaer is an artist and educator based in Brooklyn, NY. She has exhibited extensively in the U.S. and abroad. Her work is represented in numerous collections, including the Yale Museum, Library of Congress, and The Walker Art Center and has earned numerous awards including a NY Foundation for the Arts Artist Fellowship. Her ongoing work explores the complexities around care and motherhood. Her series about societal bias against childless women, Babies (Not) On Board: The Last Prejudice?, was exhibited by the International Museum of Women. A U.S. Fulbright Scholar, Schaer spent part of 2017 in the Republic of Georgia. miriamschaer.com
"Affliction captures the emotional paralysis induced by two irrational yet complementary fears — xenophobia a fear of empty, wide-open spaces, and domatophobia, the fear of being inside a house or other closed structure. With Covid-19 drifting invisible and deadly, Afflictionreflects the creeping dread I often feel that we’re damned if we do and damned if we don’t, and that nothing will ever be as it once was."
Fear of hair
AMANDA N. SIMONS, LINDSAY P.B. JONES
MEDIA: VIDEO AND SCULPTURE, 2020
Amanda N. Simons is a visual artist, writer, educator, and safety advocate whose interdisciplinary art practice currently explores the intersections of queer identity, and experience-based learning. Amanda holds dual degrees in English (BA) and painting (BFA), as well as interdisciplinary studio art (MFA) and visual and critical studies (MA). Amanda currently lives in a forest amidst the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, and manages the sixteen studios of Fenland School of Craft. instagram.com/peachycpizzab
Lindsay P.B. Jones is a person who likes to bond with others by making gifts and safely exploring what makes each other uncomfortable. Lindsay had a dual BS in marine science and biology and likes learning new things. You can find her tromping in the woods sustainably harvesting plants to make you a magic potion that might help you and hopefully won't hurt you. instagram.com/peachycpizzab
"I have too many chin hairs; she has too few. I fear we'll never be happy."
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ARTIST: ANASTASIA SMITH
Anastasia Smith is an artist and illustrator who specializes in wildlife and fantasy art. She took a lifelong talent to school and honed her skills by earning a diploma in illustration from the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art in 2002. The last two decades have seen her work appear in newspapers, magazines, tarot decks, role playing games and private commissions. Anastasia works mainly in inks, watercolors and acrylics but she has skillfully created works using pencils, color pencil, batik, oils and pen. email@example.com
Fear of the dark
ARTIST: DEB SOVINEE
Her mom says that she declared to her in second grade that she planned to go to art school. She has always made art, winning her first prize in high school, which was a full Woodstock live concert album that she still has. .Deb Sovinee studied painting at both Syracuse University and Central/St Martins School of Art in London. She then spent many years as an exhibition designer at science museums, most recently in Boston, sometimes the only artist in a staff of scientists. But she learned to appreciate the outdoors, science, and nature, and never stopped painting.
"I have carried around Fear of the Dark my entire life so this was a pretty easy choice. My mother would play hide-and-go-seek with us, her five children, when we were really young, with the lights turned off, and she’d always win. Once, when I babysat my nieces and nephews I turned off every light in the house to see who else shared that fear. It turns out it’s pretty common."
Fear of drowning in an ocean of plastic
ARTIST: JUDY THOMAS
MEDIUM: PLASTIC BAGS
Judy Thomas is an artist and educator whose work investigates color, media and meaning. Using simple materials combined in unusual ways, her paintings, collages and sculptural installations revisit modernist concepts through a 21st century lens. Since the early 90’s, she has collected post-consumer colorful plastic shopping bags as a material component in ongoing series “And now a word from our sponsors…”. Thomas holds a BFA from the University of Iowa and an MFA from CUNY Hunter College. Her work has been shown in numerous alternative spaces, as well as galleries and museums in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. She currently lives and maintains a studio in Newburgh, NY. judythomas.com
“For the past 2 years I have meticulously collected, washed and hung to dry the plastic film from my personal consumer use as the basis for a new body of work I call “Little Scraps of Color”.
Fear of sharp, pointed objects
ARTIST: RACHEL WILSON
MEDIUM: MIXED MEDIA, 2020
A long-time Arizona artist, Rachel Wilson is new transplant to watery Oregon, bringing along her enduring interest in capturing transitions. In Arizona, and in many of her residencies, installations, classes and exhibits she has found the abundant changes in culture, language, geology and climate to be obvious, stimulating, and sources of inspiration. In Oregon, the edges are smoother, the voices are quieter, but themes of transition continue to appear in her mixed media prints, paintings and outdoor designs.
"Knife edges and needles have always made my teeth hurt. The box attempts to trap the reaction neatly and keep it under wraps."