Art by Kate Hendrickson | VIRTUAL EXHIBIT

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Artist Statement

As you look closer at Kate Hendrickson’s works on paper, you will see that there are bits of concealed Hebrew words peaking out and revealing themselves from their surrounding abstracted urban and natural environs. Her artwork explores and reconciles feelings of discomfort within revealing that Judaism is the faith she has chosen. Hendrickson hopes that these works on paper will help everyone feel more comfortable proudly expressing who they really are.

There is a history of hiding who you are. Before Constantine the Great, Christians were persecuted for their beliefs. They often used the symbol of a fish to signify Jesus because the Greek word for fish, Ichthys, is so close to the pronunciation for Jesus. This iconography continued into the Byzantine era. Similarly, Jews have concealed their faith for centuries by hiding symbols of their Judaism for fear of antisemitism. Crypto-Jews outwardly converted during the Inquisition but continued to practice their religion, disguising it ingeniously from the authorities. To this day, people are still masking who they are for fear of rejection.

Kate's Process

My work explores my feelings about the search for comfort in revealing my faith. I converted to Judaism. I hope that my artwork helps everyone feel more comfortable in expressing who they really are.

I use stencils of Hebrew letters to create an underlayment structure upon which I build the composition. The word chosen is based on my interest in urban and nature environs. Color choices are made based on my feelings about the word. As I work with pastel, graphite and colored pencil the letters are concealed to the point where pieces of the letters and ghost images of them remain.

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Chery Baird & Jay Zerbe | Siblings VIRTUAL EXHIBIT

Creative DNA: Sibling Artists Chery Baird & Jay Zerbe

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Memories play an important part in every human’s life. Each of us accumulates information in many different ways. We access our past memories to interpret the present and point a path to the future. We always stand in the present looking both directions. The complexity of my surfaces allows for a shifting dialogue of contrasting structures, techniques, and mediums. This multilayered approach changes the conversation with each painting and evokes new sets of memories, feelings, and thoughts. 

This rich variety of mark-making creates forms that are suggestive of the mysterious and personal, as well as the gesture of the body marking in space and time. Surfaces fuse, overlap and intertwine, shaping and reshaping, creating order and forming a memory of the act itself. The act of painting becomes a time of meditation. My work is a record of those moments.

– Chery Baird

The contrast of chaos with order provides the structure for my work. The appearance of order breaks down under scrutiny, which mirrors my understanding of reality. My emotions seek pattern and rationality, while my intellect sees mismatched parts and ambiguous systems. The core of my work revolves around juxtaposing these diverse structures and their uncertain references.

– jay zerbe

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Art by Laura Parker | VIRTUAL EXHIBIT

Artist, Worker, Mother, Singer/Songwriter

Laura Parker is a fine Artist currently living on Saint Simons Island, Georgia. She is by nature, an abstract Mixed Media painter. She works with a wide variety of mixed media paints and materials. She creates abstract constructions on Canvas, Paper, Wood, and Glass.

Laura began her Arts journey in the mid-1970’s as a Singer/Songwriter and Recording Artist. She worked in Musical Theatre as both Singer and Modern/Jazz dancer. Her desire to push and explore rhythmic expression led her to begin work with mixed media in 2000. It was then she became a student of painting and drawing under nationally known Atlanta artist, Chery Baird, at the Spruill Center for the Arts in Atlanta. In 2008 Laura relocated to Charlottesville, Virginia, where she was juried into the renowned McGuffey Center for the Arts as a Resident Artist. Laura has shown in galleries in the Southeast and has expanded private collections, internationally. She continues to write and record songs with Atlanta-based writers and musicians.

 

Artist Statement

 

“Wherever I go, I look for images and objects that may hold composition potential. There are so many shapes, shadows, and lines to be captured on any given day. I actively look for these images wherever I may be. Concrete walls, power lines, scrap metal materials, construction sites, and abandoned buildings offer magical composition ideas. Nature offers the same. I look among trees, rocks, clouds, and bodies of water for form and composition.

I typically photograph or sometimes sketch these images. I ‘feel’ the compositions for rhythm and harmony, just as I would when writing a music composition. I set out to transfer these images to canvas, paper, wood, and glass with paint, collage, and mixed media materials. As an abstract painter, I move quickly and directly, ‘listening’ to the rhythm of the image. For me, it is about listening to the spiritual unconscious from deep within, when I am creating. That is where I feel the true creativity. The final outcome of the piece remains secondary to the journey of the creative process. It is in the process that I find myself and in turn, find the finished piece.

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