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Crooked Tree Arts Center’s Artist Residency program selected two finalists to spend time in northern Michigan in 2016.
Joanna Hoge currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri and will be spending two weeks in northern Michigan in May. Joanna has studied at Université de Poitiers in Poitiers, France, she has her B.A. in Studio Art and French from Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri, and she is currently working toward her M.F.A. with a specialization in Drawing from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois. Joanna finds inspiration in the complexity of the human body – its aesthetic beauty, its incredible mechanistic functioning, and its role as a vehicle of the self. Her work is predominately comprised of printmaking and drawings, and she incorporates hand-made paper and thread into her compositions by means of tearing, layering, and embroidering into the fibers. Her techniques allow her to study the intricacies of the body and mind, and how they relate to one another.
As someone interested in the narratives of the physical body, I would like to approach the area surrounding Good Hart through its own body: its flora and fauna, its forests and farms, and its lakeside beaches. My practice involves questioning aspects of embodied experience and examining how shifts in emotional state impact the body. I am curious to continue this line of questioning in Emmet County by looking at how its locational specificity impacts my own experience. It is my intention to translate these observations through a combination of thread and ink on paper.
CTAC Workshop: Drawing + Embroidery on Paper Surfaces, Tuesday, May 25 from 9:30 AM – 12:00 Noon.
In residence: August 5 – 19
Fiber artist Linda Harvey-Opiteck, will be taking a short sabbatical from life in Saratoga Springs, New York to visit Good Hart and be inspired by a completely different landscape. Linda has a B.S. in Art/Art History from Western Michigan University, and her M.S. in Historic Preservation Administration from Eastern Michigan University.
This fall I created several felted pieces for a show at a museum in the Adirondack Mountains with the theme “How Do You See the Forest”. I absolutely fell in love with my creations all centered around the beauty of the outdoors in all seasons. From the splendor of sparkling snow, the calmness of summer trees to the vibrancy of the yellow and oranges of the fall. I would spend my residency continuing to work on this outdoor theme using the beauty of northern Michigan as my subject.
Crooked Tree Arts Center’s Artist Residency program selected three finalists to spend time in Northern Michigan during the summer of 2015.
Printmaker, Michael Marks has decided to venture from Maine into the northern Midwest in the name of art and “the lake”. Having lived in Cleveland, OH, and with ties to Wisconsin, Marks has spent time around the Great Lakes, which have intrigued him for years, and still do. Having an MFA in Printmaking from University of Delaware, and having been affiliated with multiple presses across the country, Marks is ready to push pause on his professional life and immerse himself in new surroundings.
“The residency…[will] allow me the time and space to step away from what I comfortably know about myself in the studio, and to find new inspiration to funnel into my artwork from the surrounding landscape and the community around Petoskey.”
With a desire to explore the idea of “the lake”—it’s boundaries and pervasiveness, the effect it has on the land and those living near it, Marks plans to conceptualize “the lake” in his work during his time in the north. He plans to share his residency experience with Good Hart, and the surrounding local communities. Marks also intends to bring back his findings to the creative community in Maine.
Using drawing, collage, and printmaking, my artwork is an attempt to disassemble and reassemble my experiences within landscape, emphasizing the space between narrated memories and observable representations of nature. I strive to search within the margins of the landscape, its contours and layers, interrogating space in both its physical fact and my recollection thereof. This transposition from physical travel to a work on paper acts as a documentation of my interactions with the landscape (hiking, backpacking, fly fishing) and interprets the water, mountains, and weather taken from my observations.The mark making, layering, and color in my artwork creates anchor points of events, passages of time that coalesce into a single image that resonates with both my involvement and my estrangement from the environment. Ultimately, I wish to create an image that exists somewhere between the individual and the landscape.
In residence: July 31 – August 14
Graphic Designer at Doudna Fine Arts Center of Eastern Illinois University, Amanda Boyd embraces the challenge of interacting and connecting with a new community and environment during her CTAC Artist Residency. Working away from home with new people may bring about different perspectives, enhancing her own perceptions of nature—her inspiration.
“Moving to a new community, even for a short amount of time, opens the mind to new possibilities and a lot of knowledge, experience and connections are yet to be gained.”
Having recently graduated with her MFA from Eastern Illinois University, Boyd is eager to show her processes and techniques to the art world. This opportunity in Good Hart is perfect for cutting her teeth on being a resident artist. Being surrounded by the Northern Michigan nature and environment will fuel her new projects because it is nature and the emotions it instills in Boyd that allow her to create.
In my experience, the wilderness leaves me to feel vulnerable, and in conjunction with the darkness of night, this brings a new level of fear. It’s as though I have become only a speck within the immersive and densely populated woods that consume me. This psychological view of nature is what drives my creative process, allowing me to recall these emotions and create a space of my own. Through the use of materials like charcoal, chalk pastels, and soot, I frantically build my image, layering these different mediums, then return to these layers and remove areas by erasing the surface and excavating the image. The seductive use of materials and mark making allow each drawing to read as both celestial and earthbound; an interesting dichotomy of environmental exploration.
My intent is to let the mind lose control and confront the chaos; as the eye wanders, the viewer becomes lured into the depths of the mysterious darkness provoking the individual to become lost within themselves.
In residence: September 25 – October 9
Solo and group exhibitionist, Instructor, Professor, Lecturer, Commissioned Artist, Gallery Director of the Visual Arts Center at Boise State University – Kirsten Furlong has quite the list of titles and experiences within the art world. And now she’ll be adding another to her extensive resume. With a varied and detailed journey behind her, Furlong has laid out a plan of experimentation for her time in Good Hart.
“I plan to work with a variety of materials and processes including drawing, painting, photography, stitching/embroidery and printmaking on paper, canvas and felt. Processes and images will be led by exploration of the area and research into the local flora, fauna and landscape.”
Earning her MFA at Boise State University with a concentration in painting and printmaking, Furlong currently works at the university as Gallery Director. Having focused on specific disciplines hasn’t pigeon-holed Furlong or her creativity – thread works, felt pieces, installation and public art, and garments for animals all fall under her pursuits. Furlong’s focus as of late has been on nature and the relationships between humans and animals.
My current artistic practice engages with a series of questions about our culture’s multifaceted relationship to nature and the geography of human/animal interactions in urban and wilderness settings. These inquiries are utilized to contemplate various issues about the natural world and the concept of representation of animals, the landscape, and the environment. I create artworks based on first-hand observations in the natural world and internal responses to objects, illustrations, and texts about various species. In the work, animals serve as emblems of nature and as metaphors for human desires.
I employ a series of visual strategies including linear detail, repetition, and patterns inspired by those seen in various species. Additional ideas and visual sampling comes from the cultural, scientific, and historical models used to describe various environments, animals, and plants.
Crooked Tree Arts Center’s inaugural Artist Residency program selected two finalists to spend time in Northern Michigan during the summer of 2014.
Kalina Winska was in northern Michigan for two weeks in May. She has a Master in Fine Arts degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Academy of Art/Design, Wroclaw, Poland. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Valdosta State University in Georgia. “When creating my art, I draw inspiration from observable natural phenomena, living systems, and their formation on a micro and macro scale.… During my (residency) I plan on developing and exploring the ideas of drawing and materiality in relation to nature as well as the space and place through a combination of both drawings and paintings.”
Lindsey Dunnagan, a recent graduate from Texas Women’s University with a Masters Degree in Fine Arts, immersed herself in her art during her residency in Good Hart in August. Lindsey “navigates ideas of interconnection, place, and identity through visual mapmaking. … The technique of layering paint and ink on paper blurs and reveals parts of the composition and allows for an abstract view into the mind.”