How has your art practice changed over time?
“As time passes, I find that my art-making process has become slower and looser. For many years my work was hindered by an overcommitment to perfectionism that tended to leave me with work that felt flat and constrained. I’ve found greater freedom in my art-making process by incorporating loose, multi-media mark marking. I also choose processes that open the door for “happy accidents” such as drips or tears in layered paper, flaws that ultimately enrich the painted surface. I challenge myself to work slowly in many thin layers with water and medium so as to make my process visible. This helps me to enter into paintings slowly, lovingly and meditatively.”
Kristin is a mixed-media artist who gravitates towards overlooked things, like moss growing from the cracks in the sidewalk or the universally familiar faces in family photo albums. Some themes addressed by her artwork include recollection, alienation, and promise. On the side, Kristin writes for a nonprofit and teaches art to children in community programs. Kristin’s work is deeply informed by her study of English literature and theology. She brings her love of art and literature together with the Open Book Art Collective, an art-collective/book-club hybrid that creates dialogue between literature and art objects.
How has your art practice changed over time?
“In the past, the conceptual meanings behind what I was creating attempted to be indirect from my personal life and self.
By confronting myself and involving my own experience to be reflected, I was able to visualize my feelings and create work that felt honest. Through this process I have learned a great deal about my identity, my place in society, and the impact of my actions. Also, learning the various methods and techniques of traditional printmaking deeply affects the way I approach making art. Digital processes have significantly impacted the way myself and many artists create. Printmaking offers me the chance to cherish and preserve handmade practices, as well as to produce work that embraces nuance, variance and imperfection.”
Jessica Peatman grew up in Langley and completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts this past June at the University of the Fraser Valley. She is currently undergoing a self-directed study in printmaking to further advance her skills within the medium. In her artwork she embraces a sensibility associated with childhood to express variations of loneliness, fear and uncertainty. Her work reflects moments of understanding within her experience that transition from innocence and naivety to skepticism. The works displayed for this current exhibition are part of her series Reconstructed Recollections which were created for Peatman’s final undergraduate project.
What is your dream project?
“My dream project would be to travel around the world and learn the different styles of art within each culture.I enjoy working with people as the subject as opposed to landscape. I would love to document and photograph it all and gather inspiration throughout my travels.”
Amanda is an emerging artist currently enrolled in the Fine Arts program at University of the Fraser Valley. Her main goal is to create a connection with viewers on a personal level, who may have similar experiences, but also to the general public who may relate to the work on various levels. Much of her work engages with the audience, eliciting emotional reactions.The mediums Amanda commonly uses are photography, painting, sculpture, and extended media.
What sort of themes do you pursue?
“I have an obsession with the ether—things that aren’t fully formed or slightly transparent. Essentially, I’m drawn towards things that aren’t easy to understand. Drawing inspiration from my first loves of black and white portrait photography and the abstract expressionist movement, the bulk of my work consists of variations of veristic portraits with smeared, or missing, facial features.
A common theme I follow involves a somewhat dry realism—one in which shows the person portrayed as he or she really is, without idealizing tendencies. The subjects depict a sense of stillness and pensiveness. I use a heavier application of oil paint to create obscure, almost shape-shifting, imagery.”
Andrew Booth is a self-taught abstract figurative and landscape artist, working primarily in oils, born and raised in Abbotsford, BC. Andrew’s work has been included in various installations and exhibitions in Vancouver. Andrew currently resides in Abbotsford.