Through my art practice, I aim at exploring the values inherent to human nature. I am extremely interested in the question of the definition of the self and how much the social context in which we evolve is responsible in shaping our own image. As a woman artist, I am slightly more focused on defining women’s identity. The current consumption society sends out tones of messages to every human, thus influencing how we see ourselves and how we want to define ourselves. I am interested in how human continue to be true to their core in this society despite the daily violence thrown at us. I have a classical approach to art and figuration and therefore I have always integrated beauty as an important aspect of my artworks.
Born in 1987, the thought of this artist lies in a positive absurdity. The human who has given up all illusion has nothing to lose, so he builds. He builds himself by his individuation, but he also builds his collective by shaping the common. "In the middle of the night he asked for the sun, he wanted the sun, he asked for the sun ... In the middle, in the middle of the night (...)" Jean Tardieu
I am a Toronto-based mixed-race, emerging contemporary dance artist working within performance, choreography and video. In my work, through movement in performance and on film, I strive to express those ideas that are inaccessible to the spoken or written word. Contemporary choreography is the technical foundation for my work while conceptually it draws from my experiences and the experiences of others. I am interested in how dance can tell the story of our lives and bring us together as a society. My choreographic work draws attention to our unity by finding and dissecting the hints provided in our choices, our relationship to others and to ourselves.
In recent years, I am working on a serie on forests. Through these works I wish, in an indirect way, to emphasize the importance of preserving the natural environment, and to highlight the deep link between man and nature. Through its cycles, nature invites new generations to know it better, and infuses the idea that everyone must live in conformity with it. In my work, a woman occupies an important place, and is a source of great inspiration. She is represented in a harmonious and tender relationship with man. Together, they form an indissoluble union of opposites.
Jave Yoshimoto is an artist and educator of multi-cultural background. He was born in Japan to Chinese parents and immigrated to United States at a young age. He has since traveled and lived in various parts of the country which influenced his artistic practice. He believes in creating art works that are socially conscious and true to his authentic self. Similarly in his teaching philosophy, he encourages his students to explore their personal identity and experiences to put into their creative compositions while developing their technical skills.
Through installation involving objects, images, sound and light, the artist invites the public to share / seize instants that remain usually unnoticed. Her preference for intangible materials (water, air, smells), drives her to a careful quest of fragile moments. Her works reminds us that dreams and fantasies are an integral part of our world.
Jodi Patterson uses art to examine relationships with Nature. Though formally trained as a painter, her artworks manifest via whatever form the message requires: paint, installation, digital
photography, text, etc. Since 1989, Patterson has been exhibiting her art across the globe, including displays in NYC, Paris, London, and Budapest. Jodi spends her free time advocating for food
awareness and photographing UNESCO World Heritage Sites. She has visited over 30 countries and once traveled around the world in eight days.
My work revolves around current events by addressing different problems of our society through a feminine point of view. There is a social dimension, I am interested in the Man and not in the institutions.
By claiming a feminine dimension, my work integrates the domestic universe in which the
masculine gaze has confined women:
the religion, as well as the notions of guilt and forgiveness. My work oscillates between gravity and
onirism, inviting the spectator to question himself.
My fairy and innocent universe embrace deeper question such as the influence of media on the
construction of our identity, as well as the role of traditions and religion in the physical as well as mental integrity of women.
Keri Rosebraugh’s art is driven by her interest in the connections between humans and how those parallel our relationship to the environment. She utilizes natural materials juxtaposed with fabricated objects to establish a contact between man and nature. Works are often temporary and created using materials and elements on site, which decompose in time – symbolic to the cycle and regeneration of our planet. Rosebraugh’s practice is based on the exchange of ideas and resources, sometimes with direct participation of people as possible vehicles for social change.
As an artist, Kristi envisions a world where it is possible to visually capture subtle energy that makes up our physical reality. Kristi has divided this energy into light (photo), sound (vibration) and form (material) and strives to capture its’ existence through an artistic lens by utilizing photographic processing. Through her artistic practice, Kristi has begun to identify and fine-tune her scientific method through working with several scientific advisors. She has partnered with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center on outreach and marketing through her art and plans to attend MDI Biological Laboratory as a student in spring 2018. Her most recent body of work, Kirlian photography – “electrography” – has won several international awards – Award of Excellence through VSA in the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, IPA Honorable Mention and Under25 through the Arte Laguna Prize.
Laura Sánchez Filomeno (Lima, 1975) works with different materials of organic origin, such as nails and hair, but also silk. With these, she redefines ancestral traditions of hairpin lace or embroidery and creates precious objects, a hand-made embroidery, in which coloured hair is used as a thread to create organic forms on silk.
Since 2003, the artist has been exploring issues related to the fall and decay of bodily elements. Her works entitled “Reliquias Humanas” (Human Relics) and “Cahiers de biologie moleculaire“ introduce us to a research on human being, but it is also a personal research about her own biography. Topics like intimacy, identity, memories and body residuals, history and femininity can be deduced from her work.
As a woman artist, I am sensitive to the obsolescence that one gives to things, and I wonder about our current habits of consumption. Currently I use the many flyers, catalogs and other flyers
that clutter us and quickly end up in the trash as a raw material of creation and it is with great jubilation that I divert these objects extolling consumerist values and sources of overuse of
resources to recreate new, slightly strange landscapes.
Lisa Goren was born in California and raised in NYC. And yet, she has dreamed of Polar landscapes since she was in her teens. Her first trip took her to Antarctica where she was inspired and captivated by the landscape. She has also traveled to Iceland, Alaska, and the High Arctic to increase her understanding of the Polar Regions. Her watercolors show an unfamiliar landscape in a new light. By using vibrant colors and taking risks with different surfaces, she makes the viewer reevaluate their understanding of both these landscapes and their beliefs in the potential of the medium. Her works create questions about the nature of abstraction and our planet as many of her pieces are representations of unfamiliar, threatened terrains.
" Through my works, I like to highlight some aspects that need to be revised, or others that simply merit being watched. I study women's rights, highlighting the role of great women in history, like the case of my grandmother who fought against fascism. My work thus has a personal note, although it can also be understood in a broader sense. I deal with the issue of the position of the woman artist, the physical and psychological abuse that women face. I also address environmental issues, including the question of whether the destruction of nature is really useful. I think that nature, like women, is badly abused around the world. "
Self-taught artist with an unusual path, Mamoune is very early animated by a creative energy. It is primarily as a professional dancer that she satisfies her need for expression. Later, it is through painting and sculpture that she seeks this sensory and sensitive unity that is dear to her. Invested in life on the issue of climate justice, she also expresses it through her paintings, as in her series on Pacha Mama. This mythological figure of the Andean culture reflects the interconnection between the earth and the human. Mamoune's works are for her a simple, almost emotional way, accessible to all to apprehend the indispensable paradigm shift in our Western civilization between nature and the human.
Manjiri Kanvinde's works are distinguished by their vibrant colors and popular style. She deftly captures the inherent beauty of her environment and wants to encourage us to pause and reflect on what is beautiful. His paintings feed the spirit and stir the soul. His sources of inspiration come from his life in India, his travels and experiences of various cultures. The work she exhibited as part of "Gaia » exhibition was selected by the United Nations for Expo 2015 in Milan.
Graduated from the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade in 2011, Marica Kicusic now works in illustration, 2D animation, drawing, printmaking, digital art and mural painting. She also likes to experiment with new techniques such as sand drawing. The work of Marica Kicusic has been rewarded with three solo exhibitions, numerous awards for these children's illustrations as well as participation in more than 50 international group exhibitions. She also participates in many artistic residencies, creative workshops for children, and as a jury member of several animation festivals. Marica Kicusic currently lives and works in Vrnjacka Banja, Serbia.
My projects are gathered on poetic analogies between the bee, the man and the popular cultures in particular the Hip Hop. The bee and hip hop are universal and carry beautiful values in them. The bee accompanies us as a faithful star since prehistory. Our history is rooted in his. In some countries, she is a human being, she sees our evolution, the climatic evolutions to which she has been able to adapt. We humans, we hear, live the same things as her. The profit of some people overcomes our health, our land and the cycle of life.
Born in 1987 in Kragujevac, Serbia. Finished high school for design, at the department for textile design, 2006. Graduated in 2010 at the School of Applied Arts of the Faculty of Philology and Arts in University of Kragujevac. In 2011 graduated at master studies, at the same department. Scholarship recipient of the Fund for Young Talents of Republic of Serbia. Completed Women’s Studies Program at the Women’s Studies Center, Belgrade, 2012. Currently working as an independent artist and graphic designer.
The work of Sofya Radelet seeks to highlight the place of interaction between the outside world and ourselves. Organic matter is used as an expression of the connection between man and nature, and acts as a reminder of our place within it. Through her tactile sculptures she reflects the immediacy of contact and self-awareness by exploring the universal nature of these qualities. Sofya Radelet's works are exhibited in the United States (New York, Savannah, Portland) and France (Lacoste). She currently lives and works in Portland, OR.
" Destruction and redemption. Desperation and hope. Modern "progress" has produced a synonymous relationship between creation and destruction. To understand it, it is not enough to look towards science, which does not offer all the answers. To moderate it, the human instinct and emotions are as much a weapon as economics and reason. I am trying to subvert the lamentable gender stereotypes surrounding emotionality and irrationality by blending images of nature and humanity, to remind the world that the two are one and the same. "Sensing, feeling, intuiting", associated with weakness and wrongness, has been used to discredit women and their contributions for centuries. But what is logic without feeling? What is reason without humanity and compassion? Dangerous, destructive, deadly.
Our human shapes, our curves, are the curves of stones, softened by millennia of turbulence; the curves of birds, our prehistoric cousins; the curves of horses, our proud servants for centuries. In my studio, located among forest treetops, I paint intuition and emotion of a humanity that so carelessly exhibits violence towards its earth and the creatures that inhabit it. I express my emotions and femininity, painting the curves of destruction and redemption that forcefully trumps the ambiguities, corruptions, and politics of scientific analysis."