Work going on at Elisabeth Jones Art Center on our collaboration with MaryAnn Loo in Singapore--those penguins are doing what!?
We are very excitedly awaiting some drawings that are on their way to us from Aravani Art Project in India! Aravani Art project is a collective of diverse women artists who identify across the spectrum as transgender- women, gender-fluid women, and cis-gender women, creating social interventions into local communities and neighborhoods to make a space for discussion. Here's some of their beautiful recent work. Can't wait to see what they send us!
Work in progress here at the Elisabeth Jones Art Center on our collaboration with Anna Maria Kasprzak in Cuenca, Spain! With contributions from Essie Somma, John Daniel Teply Fine Arts and Joanne Kollman.
One of the drawings we're working on is a scene in a carriage on the Portland MAX, with its mask-wearing inhabitants turning into beetles--Kafka is not far away...
Introducing Essie Somma, another CoLAB artist working on drawings for the International Mural by Mail at Elisabeth Jones Art Center! Essie has been working away on collaborations with mwamba chikwemba and Anna Maria Kasprzak featuring seriously surreal imagery.
Essie Somma is a Portland-based painter originally from the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Her work weaves dry humor with social consciousness. Combining advertisements, newspaper clippings, film stills, and language she creates small scale collages that inform larger surreal paintings. Somma explores the human condition through these collage-based paintings called Daydreams. The work encourages the audience to view familiar or relatable imagery through an abstracted lens. From femininity to consumer culture, political economics to addiction, her paintings ride the line of rationality in the same way our world often does.
She received her high school diploma from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a concentration in visual arts. Then went on to receive a Bachelors's degree in Painting from the University of California Santa Barbara. While attending college she completed the Art Marketing and Business Certification at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London. Since 2013 she has been featured in 15 shows across three states, including Stars and Candy Wrappers, an installation piece and outdoor mural completed under Stephen Westfall. Somma is currently a member of the Elisabeth Jones Art Center Artist CoLAB in Portland, Oregon, which creates bodies of work engaging with social justice and ecology.
Working away at Elisabeth Jones Art Center on our collaboration with Mwamba Chikwemba! Essia Somma here working away at Alligator Madonna of Lake Victoria!
Introducing Emily Quintero, one of the fantastic CoLAB artists working on the International Mural by Mail on our end! Emily is a truly fantastic artist who has worked with us on a number of projects, including the recent international collaboration The View from Here. Emily has been responding to the drawings sent to us by Gegerboyo in Indonesia and by O. Yemi Tubi, a Nigerian-born artist in London. It is so good to watch these collaborations unfold across continents!
CW: Images 5 and 6 include graphic illustrated depictions of George Floyd in his last minutes.
Portland artist Emily Quintero instagram.com/quintero.draws working on some really powerful drawings we were sent by O Yemi Tubi, a Nigerian-born artist in London facebook.com/yemi.arts instagram.com/oyemit/. They're addressing the BLM protests, an expression of outrage that is rocking our city in the wake of George Floyd's killing, with images of violence and of mourning.
Beautiful work in progress images from Arif Bahaduri! https://www.instagram.com/arifbahaduri/ We started working together when Arif was living in Kabul, and continued the exchange as he was forced to relocate to Canada. He's been sending us photos of these beautiful drawings and we can't wait to receive the real thing!
Emily Quintero http://instagram.com/quintero.draws collaborating across the world with http://instagram.com/gegerboyo in Indonesia for the International Mural by Mail! What an amazing exchange of imagery...
International Mural by Mail updates
This blog documents the exciting work in progress going on around the world for this international project!