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My work develops from the physical process of painting. Compositions are not planned or created, but found; they emerge somewhere along the way. To me ,what matters, is the act of painting itself. Having no concept in mind frees me from rules, elements of style and formal techniques. Usually I start a new canvas with gestural mark making or shapes. Using brushes, palette knifes and rags the oil paint is applied thickly, building layers. One mark here leads to another over there. I work on more than one piece and so a conversation between the them begins. What I do on one canvas has an influence on the other and vice versa. A unique aspect of my painting process is the fact that I have trained myself only to use my left hand although I’m right handed. I’m using the left side right brain connection which is all about imagination and not controlling anything. My artwork is a way to express what I cannot say with words.
Fairytales exist everywhere people have desires and dreams - and Elody is ready to listen to it. They may take the form of more traditional iconography like dragons and damsels, or something specific to the modern city like ghostly, faceless figures in the crowd. Both ways yield the view of human bodies as they are molded by images projected onto them by ourselves and by others.
Hanna Brody lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated with a BA in Studio Art and Psychology from Lewis and Clark College in 2016. Her paintings embody friends, family, loved ones, herself, and those who surround her. She paints to evoke a sense of intimacy and understanding towards her subject’s emotions and psychological states. She uses layers of water based and oil paint to obscure and transform elements of her paintings, sometimes including multiple integrated angles to create a seemingly whole portrait. Through portraiture she explores themes of alienation and isolation as well as empathy and collective emotion. She has been a member of NYC Crit Club since 2018 and will be participating in a residency program with Dear Artists Projects this coming April.
Courtney Knight studied Illustration in Boston, MA. She explores word play, sex, intimacy, and intimacy through technology. Courtney has been making commission work, small publications, local shows, and started a collaborative illustration magazine called Medium Orange- she would like to expand her creative community.
Robert Melzmuf is a painter based in the United States whose works have been exhibited nationally and in France. Identifying as a painterly color field abstract artist, he strives for beauty and elegance in his artistic practice. Melzmuf is uninterested in strategies, chance, or theories, rather, when he creates, he commits to looking and making decisions based on what he sees.
Nature and geography have something in common: their boundaries are put in place by humans and are all but made up. Takashi Harada dissolves these natural and geographical boundaries in his artwork. For Takashi, all natural things have a common and equal value. When in nature, he believes, you connect back to it one atom at a time. Born in Japan, Takashi’s international existence made him face his Japanese identity as well his identity within the natural world. His art reflects that feeling, blurring natural light and color in ethereal paintings that merge harsh divisions and avoid representation in favor of capturing feeling.
Sasha’s paintings are small but mighty. They sometimes look like fictional sculptures dropped onto the vacuum of vibrant color. Other times they’re like a clutter of found objects. In either case, disparate objects disappear in favor of a whole situation of motion and interaction, tinted with Sasha’s faith in the possibility of true harmony.