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2009 East Austin Studio Tour

My art is developed from a narrative fragmenting of images. My childhood was rich with colorful characters, steel magnolias and a confluence of mixed messages. The consequence of this is a creative ability to find humor in most things. My aesthetics reflect these poetic dichotomies: beauty with calculation, the bitter with the sweet, the humorous with the serious; the literary with the familiar; clandestine moments with collected observations. I enjoy the play of metamorphic connections with the subconscious and senses. Sexual entendre and duality of meanings are explored with symbolic and psychological innuendo. Images are juxtaposed, altered, and accessoried with a tongue-in-cheek attitude to form the focus of my work.
       Lately when I create art it is about getting out of my own head. Letting go of control over the world and planning every minute. It is a kind of meditation that allows my emotions to spill onto the page without being filtered, judged, and edited. I try to let my subconscious direct the process. I like to use organic materials I collect from my yard and on walks. I also use cut paper and found objects in my work. I love that what is essentially a weed can turn into something beautiful on the page and it has given me a new way of looking at the world around me. I have found that art helps me to be more intuitive, creative, and relaxed in all aspects of my life.

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 work intuitively creating inner 'vistas' as i go, while choosing universal simplicity.  i want the viewer to transcend in their thoughts, feelings and spirituality." mary hunter

I create dreamy, layered landscapes that evoke the history and memory of place. My recent work is based on travels in the Middle East, where competing historical narratives and cultural memories shape modern life. These works portray a shared landscape, repeatedly divided, and the beauty of a land we only hear about in terms of blood shed. Beneath the divisions of religion, culture or nationality we construct, lies the common human experience.

I discovered printmaking relatively late in life when I took my first printmaking class in 2001. I like the process and the surprises inherent in printmaking. I am continually amazed that I am able to overcome the mess and the dirt that are part of printmaking, but I like the creativity the process brings about. 
I often use my own handmade paper for my printmaking, and I love how the unique characteristics of the paper influence the final print. I am also a gardener, and this is perhaps why I like to use images that appear in nature in my artwork (and in some ways my art is an extension of my gardening). 

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.


Anna Marie Pavlik                                                                                417 Wapping St. Frankfort, Kentucky  40601

ampavlik11@gmail.com    512-517-5233                                                                                               resume page 1 of 2

 

AWARDS

KENTUCKY STATE FAIR, First Prize Printmaking (2017)

KENTUCKY STATE FAIR, First Prize Printmaking (2016)

KENTUCKY STATE FAIR, Best of Show Fine Arts & Craft, Purchase Award (2015)

KENTUCKY STATE FAIR, First Prize Printmaking (2014)

KENTUCKY STATE FAIR, First Prize Printmaking (2013)

FLORAL FUSSION, Best Two Dimensional Art Award (2012)

KENTUCKY STATE FAIR, Best in Show Fine Arts & Craft, Purchase Award (2011)

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2018 KENTUCKY WILDLANDS, Revelry Boutique Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky (KNLT group)

2018 RANDOM OBJECTS, Dougherty Art Center, Austin Texas (group)

2017 ETCHED THOUGHTS, Evansville Museum, Evansville, Indian (solo)

2017 225: ARTISTS CELEBRATE KENTUCKY’S HISTORY, Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea

2017 PORCELAIN, GLASS, & ETCHING, River Gallery, Chattanooga, Tennessee (3 person)

2016 WANDERLUST, Craft(s) Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky (solo)

2016 AT THE RIVER’S BEND, Evansville Museum, Evansville, Indiana (juried) 

2016 WATER: WE ALL LIVE DOWNSTREAM, Ripple River Gallery, Aiken, Minnesota (Invitational)

2016 GREAT IMPRESSIONS: PRINTS BY KENTUCKY ARTISANS, Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea

2015 FLORAL FUSION, Scott County Cultural Center, Georgetown, Kentucky

2015 POINT OF VIEW, River Gallery, Chattanooga, Tennessee (Two person)

2014 SECRETS OF PRINTMAKING, Northern Prints Gallery, Duluth, Minnesota (invitational)

2014 ART FOR EARTH DAY, NEW HORIZONS, Waters of Superior, Duluth, Minnesota (group)

2014 HOT, BRIGHT, & BOLD, Completely Kentucky, Frankfort, Kentucky (solo)

2013 SELECTIONS, Gallery Hop featured Artist, Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, Louisville, Kentucky

2013 ETCHINGS, Ripple River Gallery, Aitken, Minnesota (solo)

2012 FULL SPECTRUM, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (curated)

2012 EARTHDAY, Northern Prints Gallery, Duluth, Minnesota (invitational)

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS                                                   GALLERY AFFILIATIONS

Amity Art Foundation, Inc, Woodbridge, CT                                    Bluff Country Artist Gallery, Spring Grove, MN

Bickerstaff, Heath, Smiley, et al, Austin, TX                                    Cedar Rapids Museum of Art- shop, Iowa

Brown Manufacturing Company, Austin, TX                       Completely Kentucky, Frankfort, KY

Dain Bosworth, Minneapolis, Minnesota                              Craft(s), Louisville, KY                       

Hallmark Corporation, Kansas City, Missouri                      Iowa Artisans Gallery, Iowa City, IA 

Kentucky State Fair, Kentucky Artist Collection                  Grand Hand Gallery, St. Paul, MN 

Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, Texas                                     Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY

Minnesota, Mining & Manufacturing, St Paul, MN             Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA                    Northern Prints Gallery, Duluth, MN

Post Properties Collection, Dallas, Texas                             Ripple River Gallery, Aitkin, MN

Regents Hospital, Wayzata, Minnesota                                 River Gallery, Chattanooga, TN                  

Sower Foundation, Kansas City, Missouri                            Waters of Superior, Duluth, MN

Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, Missouri              

Sprint Corporation, Overland Park, Kansas                         

Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, Minnesota                          

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN                        

University of South Dakota, Vermilion, SD                         

 

Anna Marie Pavlik                                                                                417 Wapping St. Frankfort, Kentucky  40601

ampavlik11@gmail.net     512 517-5233                                                                                             resume page 2 of 2

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

Growing concern for the survival of natural areas and the need I perceive in people to understand their relationship to the environment have encouraged me to work with nature related themes.  My images are focused on revealing and presenting how nature has functioned.  I extract the concepts which I visually explore, from my observations of natural sites, science publications, and maps.  By creating these works I hope to direct the viewer’s attention to the irreplaceable value, sublime beauty, and mystery found within our natural environment. 

 

LECTURES/RELATED ACTIVIES

2017 Soft Foam Printing Workshop, Evansville Museum, Evansville, Indiana

2016 Energy Choices & Printing, Josephine Sculpture Garden Arts Festival, Frank fort, Kentucky 

2014 Soft Foam Printing Workshop, Porcupine Mountain State Park, Michigan 

2014 Soft Foam Printing, Quetico Provincial Park, Dawson Campground, Ontario, Canada   

2013 Soft Foam Printing & Mural Project, Josephine Sculpture Garden Arts Festival, Frank fort, Kentucky 

2013 Pasta Machine Printing, Ripple River Gallery, Aitkin, MN

2012 Artist in Residence, Petrified Forest National Park, Relief Printing Workshop, Arizona

2012 Art in the Garden, Etching presentation, Liberty Hall Frankfort, Kentucky

2011 Soft Foam Printing Workshop, Josephine Sculpture Garden Arts Festival, Frank fort, Kentucky 

2011 Artist in Residence, Catoctin Mountain Park, Presentation and Workshop, Maryland

 

PUBLICATIONS (contributing artist)

2014 Historic House and Tree Tour, Tree Coalition Publication

2013 Tree Tour, Tree Coalition Publication

2008 Trail Guide to the Northland Experience in Prints and Poetry, Calyx Press

2006 Response, Calyx Press, Lake Superior Writers & Northern Printmakers Alliance

2005 Dust & Fire, Bemidji State University Publications, Maureen Gibbon

 

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art 1974; University of Minnesota, Duluth

Drafting Certificate 1976, St Paul Vocational School, St Paul, Minnesota 

Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering 1978; ICS Pennsylvania

 

BRIEF BIOGRAPHY

I was born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania and after moving multiple times my parents chose Minnesota where I lived until relocating to Austin, Texas.  I now reside in Frankfort, Kentucky.  My college years were concentrated in Duluth attending St. Scholastica, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Wisconsin, Superior.  This was followed by a Drafting Certificate from St. Paul Vocational School leading to a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering during employment with Minnesota, Mining & Manufacturing.  My work at 3M was focused on Product Development.  I hold one patent for a wire holding devise.  The need for a greater involvement with art resulted in a membership at Flatbed Press, a print publishing studio in Austin, Texas.  Participation in the Serie Project at Coronado Studio and work at Slugfest Printmaking Workshop evolved into setting up my own studio.  Focus on the intaglio process and stratograph, a monoprint technique have resulted in several bodies of work.  "Personal Poems” is a series of small biographical etchings dealing with issues of adulthood.  "Ideal Mechanical Advantage” presents the transition from the factual world of engineering to sensory perception.  "Global Fables” is a collection of pieces that study of the tradition of a short story with a moral from diverse cultures.  I am now focused on work which involves the perilous future of the natural world.  The common factor in each of these series is the narrative thread which each piece presents.  

I have a fascination with nature and I love collecting seeds, bones, and oddities I find in the streets. These often inspire ideas along with images I dream. The evolution of those ideas through drawing and the solar intaglio printmaking process is challenging but exciting. Imagination plays a big part in the formation of images and I find it satisfying when it all comes together.
I enjoy creating art from life. I feel that we are the sum of our experiences and that each moment is an opportunity to become something more. I think we should cherish the mundane, the every day, and the daily routines as they are the root of our personality, the fundamental base of who we are, and which contain the most comfortable moments of our lives.
 
Aside from subject matter I like to blur the border of media. I felt I had reached a peak in my drypoint line drawings. I have always been drawn to charcoal; the softness of the tone; the fragility of the medium. At any moment the marks could be blown or rubbed off the paper. I felt it would be a great achievement to create a reproducible print which captured the very essence of charcoal. Working with hand tools only using roulettes, sandpaper, a drypoint needle, and a scraper/burnisher I have successfully achieved my goal and feel that I have much more to learn.
I'm fascinated with the printmaking process, especially the delightful surprises that come the first time a new plate is pulled. I gravitate towards the textural effects of collagraphs finding platemaking is only limited by one’s imagination. My work has been exhibited throughout the US but primarily in Texas, with a second solo show on the books for Chicago in 2015.

When in the print studio, I most frequently create Monotypes/Monoprints and, because of the freedom this process allows, these prints become wonderful partners to my paintings.

I enjoy blending narrative and portraiture (and sometimes a bit of humor) into my works. My style is influenced by the German Expressionists and the American Social Realists.

My work has been collected and shown internationally and nationally.


Several years ago, I took my first college-level photography class. I fully expected to learn only the basics and was surprised when I was confronted with this thing called Art. I caught the art-bug, and have been learning about and attempting to make it ever since. After taking several photography classes, I began to feel the need to manipulate my photography by cutting it up to form collage, drawing on it and incorporating text. I took a bookmaking class, which eventually led me to change my major to printmaking. Printmaking was ideal for me because it allowed me to work both digitally and hands-on. It was very liberating because it lends itself experimentation and invention. In many ways, Printmaking is mixed media because of the varied ways of working. Computer, drawing, painting, sculpting and photography skills all come in handy in printmaking. Printmaking is not a perfectionist�s art form, it�s messy, results are often unexpected and control does not come easy. Images are, however, reproducible allowing for another chance at getting it right. For these reasons, I feel that it is perfect art form for learning life skills.
Exhibition Details
WHERE:
WPA Studio at Pump Project Satellite Studio
CONTACTS:
Chair: Ashley Salinas
Co-Chair: Angela Hayes
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Event Deadline
The deadline for this event (11/14/2009) has passed.