Marcia Conlon

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Marcia Conlon

About the Artist

Marcia Conlon is a multi-media collage artist from Traverse City, Michigan, USA. She works primarily in various forms of paper: vintage magazines, antique books, maps, cardboard and other paper ephemera she picks up along the way. She also creates her own papers using acrylic paint and gesso. Marcia has a BA in Art History from the University of Michigan but has mostly self-taught various art mediums. In addition to collage work, Marcia is also a jewelry designer specializing in vintage paper and resin.

How women are represented in the media and their roles in society is what inspires Marcia’s primary work. She is also inspired by the natural beauty or Northern Michigan where she lives by the bay.

About Artist’s Work:

Collage is a medium that I have discovered fairly recently. Once I started experimenting with it I realized how much it resonated with me. It’s a medium that is drawn forth by a deep hidden intuition. I believe my best work comes when I turn my mind off and work from pure instinct and emotion. My inspiration comes from the juxtaposition of femininity, the sublime, and traditional images of women in the media against the gritty reality of life.

I like working with materials that are a little rough, grungy, maybe a little dirty. I juxtapose very feminine images of woman from vintage magazines or antique photos next to found material like cardboard, vintage paper and deconstructed book pages.

I have been drawn to artistic practices most of my life, even though I have had an eclectic professional life. I have a degree in Art History from the University of Michigan and then later I obtained a Bachelors Degree in Nursing. I have had many careers throughout my life. I was born in Detroit, but have lived in Traverse City for 23 years.

Art had woven its way into my life throughout but my love of paper is always a part of it. My medium is paper and glue. I love anything old: vintage magazines, antique books, old postage stamps and paper ephemera of all kinds. I mostly use a watercolor paper substrate for my pieces but I will also experiment with cardboard and old book covers.

Kamryn Shawron

Kamryn Shawron

About the Artist

Kamryn Shawron is a multimedia maker from Ocoee, Florida. Graduating from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a degree in Fibers, her work focuses on the integration of portraiture, embellishment and fibers. With themes rooted in both identity and disguises, she aims to embrace all that makes us human. With an interest in the tactile nature of our surroundings her body of work is influenced by candid moments of the conversations and people around her.

Artist Statement

Fibers is an all encompassing textural medium, through my work it has always been approached that way. Incorporating different media to create new tactile surfaces. Whether through bead embroidery or thick dollops of paint, my aim is to enhance what is already visibly present in the materials. With an interest in both painting and photography, these practices are incorporated as embellishment techniques as well. Focusing on beadwork in excess, the audience is invited to enjoy, immediately and visually recognizing the transformation in the surface. Each of these three portraits are photographs printed on canvas that is then stretched, painted on and then bead embroidered. Each of the portraits subject’s are obscured by masks . These disguises bring into question the identity of these three women – transforming them from people to indistinguishable figures . All three women are at a state of flux. Either embracing, or shedding free of the facades that clothe them.

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https://www.kamrynshawron.com/

Maggie Meiners

Maggie Meiners

Artist Bio

MAGGIE MEINERS (b.1972, Chicago)Maggie Meiners is an artist and film- maker whose work revolves around themes of self-critique and authenticity. She employs various mediums and the modes of appropriation, deconstruction, and collage and applies them through the lens of humor and feminism. Cultural artifacts and images from popular culture and consumerism portray the dichotomies of the gendered psyche to symbolize the feminine through notions of domesticity, beauty, and body image. Born and raised outside of Chicago, she holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from University of Colorado-Boulder, a Masters in Education from De Paul University in Chicago and received her MFA from Maine Media College in May 2021.
In 2016, Maggie debuted her series, Revisiting Rockwell, in a solo exhibition at Anne Loucks Gallery in Glencoe, IL. In 2017 the work was featured in a solo exhibition at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, OH and traveled to other venues nationally and internationally. In February 2021, Revisiting Rockwell will be exhibited at the Montclair Art Museum in Montclair, NJ. Maggie’s art has been widely exhibited and remains in the permanent collections of the Illinois Institute of Art, Wheaton College, Harrison Street Lofts, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP and numerous private collections. In addition, her work was on loan at the American Embassy in Uruguay from 2016-2019.
In April 2019, Maggie’s first film, The Little Black Dress, was nominated for Best Mobile Short at the Indie Shorts Fest (Los Angeles International Film Festival) and is an Official Selection in The International Women’s Film Festival and the LA Neo Noir Film Festival, as well. Maggie had her first solo exhibition in 2005 at The Union League Club of Chicago– one of the most esteemed private collectors of art in the country and is represented by the Anne Loucks Gallery in Glencoe IL.

Artist Statement

As a child, I was always intrigued by Norman Rockwell’s prolific cover illustrations for the Saturday Evening Post, a newspaper he considered to be “the greatest show window in America. His paintings capture his observations of early to mid-20th-century life in America. While the general, and often humorous, stories told by his paintings – from a child who is sent to the principal’s office, to an exulted war hero and the anticipation of a Thanksgiving meal – remain as American as ever. It was recently discovered that Rockwell produced his paintings from staged photographs either shot by him or shot by an assistant – the photograph was a template for the final product.
With this revelation, I am exploring Rockwell’s work where the photograph is the final product. My project, Revisiting Rockwell, attempts to contemporize Rockwell’s original works by weaving into each photograph the social issues and elements more suggestive of today. I am examining whether the nostalgia of Rockwell’s work translates into our rapidly changing lifestyles and his very human tableaux can reflect this moment in time. I am drawn to Rockwell’s work because I have always had a fascination with the past and end up having a better understanding of the world if I look at the old in the context of the new. As I continue to examine Rockwell’s work, I have noticed, for better or worse, that while sociological landscape has changed in many ways, there is much that remains the same.

What does “Gaze” mean to you & how do you connect it to your work?

My interpretation of the female gaze is how a female identifying person sees themself and thus puts that image out in the world. It is empowering and subjective, but owned by the womxn themself. The female gaze is often connected through my work as I explore the dichotomies of the gendered psyche to symbolize the feminine through notions of domesticity, beauty, and body image.