Featuring the works of:
Jennifer Hogan, Michelle Spiziri, Linda Popp, Jessica St. Clair, Kat Soul, Jodi Harvey
June 2 through June 23
This eclectic and exciting exhibit features the work of six exceptional artists. Featuring paintings, photographs, book sculptures, mixed media, and found object sculptures, this collection brings together a variety of unique perspectives and voices to create an enlivening experience for the viewer.
“My paintings and imagery come from my own imagination. Never setting out to illustrate a specific theme or story, I create each image as I go, changing and shaping it along the way.
My artwork has evolved and changed over the years.
In the past, the images were obviously darker in content, and now they appear more lighthearted and whimsical. I like to paint the ‘snapshot’ images of the non-moments in life, which I think are the real moments in life; the everyday things we do and take for granted, and paint that.
Some of my images are loosely based on the banality found in our daily lives, with specific interest in those moments when we find ourselves alone and uninhibited.
Jessica St. Clair
Award-winning artist Jessica St. Clair specializes in photographic fine art, digital art and graphic design, often crossing platforms and blending mediums for unique, unexpected and eye-catching results. She describes her work as “art transcending perception,” referring to her specialty of seamlessly interlacing layers of images bridging reality and imagination.
Jessica’s love of nature’s vibrant palette, salty shorelines and animals are themes often evident in her work. An artistic endeavor she is especially proud of is her creation of Bark Remarks™ “doggone funny greetings for a great cause,” a thoughtful card collection creatively featuring and giving back to dogs in need.
Jennifer’s ethereal, painterly images of nature draw on her background working in oil on canvas. Many of her best photos are a result of hiking with her dogs and following their lead as they explore the life around us.
“We open our eyes and the buzz and hustle of existence assaults us. Ever-present, ever-changing screens blur our vision, leaving us unfocused and unsteady with no shadows to guide us. Misery manufactured of unfiltered information soaks our air, our clothes and then our skin, bleaching the color out of existence. Overwhelming light blinds us as much as absolute dark.
My camera is a tool for thought as well as vision: a prism, breaking the unrelenting modern glare into a spectrum of natural differences. Looking through the lens reminds me that the world is fractal and fragile. It is a surprise and delight when I zoom in on the delicate, ephemeral or threatened details revealed — then capture them before the moment evaporates. I rely on my camera to be my true eye and my photos to be my true voice.
Maybe for a moment you’ll see the same thing I do. Maybe you’ll embrace the sight, hold it close, try to save it. Maybe, amidst the constant flash of harshness and brutality you’ll find a tiny shard of hope.”
Linda Popp is a Baltimore artist and art educator. She retired after a 41- year career with Baltimore County Public Schools, and is currently supervising art education student teachers at Towson University.
Linda creates narrative found object assemblage sculptures. She uses artifacts and symbolic objects to convey stories about relationships with family, place, love, faith, and self. During the process, she goes beyond her personal stories and the narrative becomes more universal. Some objects/symbols are fairly obvious; others may be interpreted by viewers differently as they bring their own experiences to the work. Linda enjoys the idea that something from her own story may cause others to reflect on their own experiences.
KAT Soul produces art in a variety of ways – from songwriting and performing music to stand-up comedy to painting with watercolors to ceramics, both hand built and on the wheel. KAT is entirely self taught with nature and the animal kingdom as her primary artistic influences.
KAT’s art is bright and simple, art to make you smile. Proceeds from the sale of ART by KAT Soul are used to support local animal rescue organizations in the Baltimore area.
“The Heart has always been one of my favorite things to sing about, sculpt and paint. We all need a functioning heart to live, love and survive. I painted heart images…before and after experiencing open heart surgery in July. It’s so amazing they can repair a damaged heart valve with such precision to keep hearts beating where they would otherwise stop. Hearts will always find their way into my art pieces because the heart symbolizes love and we could all use more love in this world. I’m always looking for heart shaped things when I’m outside, like stones, seashells, clouds or the black heart shaped spot on my calico cat’s shoulder.”
“I have always loved art, and I have always loved to read. Books pull you into a new world, while art lets you see it. It made sense to me that these two mediums should come together. The books that we love to read should be made to come to life. Characters, that we care so much for, should come out of the pages to show us their stories. What we see in our imaginations as we read should be there for the world to see. My book sculptures are my way of making stories come alive.”