Rachel is getting ready for a group show at Winston Wächter, which opens this Thursday in Seattle.
I recently made a visit to Meredith Dittmar’s artist studio to get a first hand look at the process and beauty of her polymer clay sculptures. I was in awe to enter her lush “Homes & Gardens” backyard where she sculpts and paints large, playful creatures. In her art studio, amps and turn tables are ready to set the mood for creating the insane amount of detail you see in every facet of her sculptures. With scientific and technical precision, Meredith assembles a delightful pallet of colors and shapes into scenes of mystery with deep philosophical roots. We spoke about technology, math, religion, nature, and the world existing within these realms.
She is currently working on a few separate collections and commission works that she let me photograph. The stages in her procedure come together in many different, and often somewhat random ways; beginning with a sketch and improvising until the piece is completed.
Meredith’s high energy and comical sense of humor transmit into her characters and figurines. You can see more of her figures she calls “My Guys” on her website corporatepig.com.
In the rainy gloom of Portland, OR, Evan B. Harris finds solace in his beautiful attic studio. Using aged acrylic and oil paints, charcoal pastels, plastic resin and melted wax, he creates images that seem unearthed from the past. His work often refers to his father’s artisan philosophies and inspired by his upbringing in the backwoods of Medford, OR. Evan’s art studio feels as though you stepped into a scene of his paintings. Everything in the place it was made to be, with deep accents of color and a rustic nostalgia.
Not only does Evan's work transcribe beautifully on paper but he also uses his knowledge of carpentry to create sculpture and furniture. Pictured below is a bench made into a sailboat as well as a cupboard and shelf. Unlike many artists these days, Evan’s paintings are beaten, brushed, sanded, polished and then hung. These manipulations create “the appearance that this wasn’t made in the 21st century, but perhaps in the 20th. So, behind every scratch and claw mark is a story waiting to be told.” - E. B. Harris
The secret to clean lines and the amazing textures you see in Evan's painting is his super old ink and acrylic paints.
Some of my favorites Evan B. Harris paintings from the past. To see more check out his Flickr.
I had heard about Ben's work right around the time that I had moved back to SF. A few people had mentioned to me that I would really appreciate his sewn and printed work. Each person made it a point to mention the quilt he had designed and sewn from 35 metal t-shirts. The overall quilted pattern on the blanket? A pentagram, naturally. Obviously I was immediately intrigued! Who wouldn't be?
Born in Charleston, South Carolina and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Ben's interest lay in marrying traditional handmade crafts, Heavy Metal and his heritage from growing up in the south. He's also the second half of Dee's Nuts. His and Kevin E. Taylor's endeavor to help spread the deep south's delicacy of boiled peanuts. Which I can now attest to the goodness first hand.
What follows are images from my afternoon spent with Ben at his home and studio. It was rad checking out and witnessing how deep his passion runs. I was truly impressed. You can see the whole visit on the blog's flickr page.
More images after the JUMP!
above photo courtesy of Ben Venom.
Ben carefully tells me the significance and meaning of each specially placed metal t-shirt.
Ben was especially inspired by an exhibit he had seen of the women of Gee's Bend, here he shows me a book of the quilts from the collective.
The beginning of one of his many appliqued pillows.