I strive for Magritte's basic intention, to make art with a "disturbing poetic effect."ť My work presents exotic subjects in the drama of black and white, or the subtle monochromatic tones of printers' inks. The prints are based on my photos of real places and slightly mysterious objects that are embraced by a post-apocalyptic anxiety, which induces a state of psychological unease in the viewer. The images raise questions, but knowing the back story doesn't necessarily provide comfort. The result is by turns intimate, earthy, fragile, universal, and contemporary. The images are full of the organic subtlety showing the naked beauty of weathered rock and plants, contrasted with man-made architectural elements. The organic elements complement the man-made. In purely aesthetic terms, the works use an interplay of tones and textures, with formal qualities of composition in the arrangements of objects under the viewer's gaze. The unfamiliar induces a state of ambiguity mixed with a strange longing or nostalgia. The camera captures temporal events, figurative and narrative, fragments in the cycle of life and death. History is revealed in multiple layers with an underlying order and inherent drama exposed in contrast and detail, painterly and sculptural at the same time.
I was living in New Mexico when a fortuitous requirement of printmaking coursework for my graduate program in art therapy led me to expression in another medium. Since that time I have been exploring printmaking and creating soft ethereal-like inspirational images. The circle or circular movement can often be seen in my artwork. The circle is a universal symbol with extensive meaning--a continuous symbol that has no beginning and no end. Throughout my life I have created circles, benefiting from the sense of comfort, peace, and total integration.
How I feel when I am making art is perfectly described in what Don Miguel Ruiz says: "When you are in your creation and you are doing what you love to do, you become what you really are again. You are not thinking in that moment; you are expressing.” I love being in that space where I am not really thinking, I am expressing what I am feeling inside. One could say that I make art to please the eye and touch the soul.
My art is a gift from my Father. I am blessed beyond measure. It is indeed a part of who I am.
Experimentation with various mediums and the manipulation of those mediums is a driving force which provides interesting puzzles in need of solving. When I am in that place...experimenting and trying to solve that puzzle...I am joy filled.
I also like to work in series. It is freedom giving. Some series never make it past the first in the series, but had their beginning with a series in mind. Series tend to allow for building. A new concept is not needed each time I approach a blank paper or canvas. There is already something their awaiting to be built upon.
Amy works in relief printing by carving linoleum blocks, rolling ink over them with a brayer, and printing on watercolor paper or T-shirts. She hand colors designs on paper with watercolor or gouache. Each print is a unique piece of art! http://www.inkoriginalart.com/about/
The dance of the brush, the roll of the brayer, the work in progress; soul satisfying!
Left Bank is a tribute to the Pictorialist photographers of the early 20th century whose images and techniques were considered groundbreaking for their time and whose work revolutionized the way the world viewed photography as an art form.These photographers often focused their lenses on significant artistic figures of their day and, like them, I am creating portraits of artists, dancers, writers, musicians and others whose work inspires me, depicting them as they might have appeared during that time. These images, captured on film, are made using the same lighting techniques, materials and traditional processes employed throughout this era.
I am an artist with a background in graphic design, painting, drawing and photography. I am interested in exploring various ways of printing without a press. I have played with monotypes, cyanotypes, rust prints, eco-prints and my own original stencils. Currently I am experimenting with a Silhouette mint machine to make printing plates from my photographs. I then create a relief print on watercolor paper and hand color them with watercolor paints.
Amanda Cavazos Weems is an artist living in Austin, TX whose paintings focus on exploring the tactile qualities of paint and pushes against limitation of forms that can be created with liquid media. Her paintings inform her printmaking practice, and her two bodies of work explore texture, undulating organic forms, and depth.
Amanda attended the University of North Texas, and received a Bachelor's degree in Visual Art Studies. Amanda's work has been featured in the West Austin Studio Tour.
11/12/2016 - 11/20/2016
11:00 AM-6:00 PM
Chair: Amanda Cavazos Weems
The deadline for this event (10/28/2016) has passed.