Liliana Stafford

Born in: 1950, England

Lives in: Fremantle, Western Australia

Media: Painting, Sculpture, Installation, Collage, Drawing, Textile Arts

Describe your work in 3 words: Energy, nature, line.

See More Work:  www.lilianastafford.com

In the Wind - Mixed media 12 x 130 x 60 cm

Liliana Stafford’s work is inspired by seen and unseen world’s colliding, referencing simultaneously the natural world and layered human relations. She is fascinated by the unseen manifested physical: an invisible wind moving a visible leaf. Through her use of abstract acrylics and wired sculptures, these messages are hummed with reveled abandonment.

What themes does your work involve?
In my work, I am constantly striving to show how we are connected both to each other and to the natural world. I weave shapes with wire, paper, silk, wood and stones. They are feminine energy made manifest, guided by a strong inner connection to my body and the natural world. I sense an energy in my hands and am guided as to what they wish to create. My mostly ink drawings on paper are done with my non-dominant hand, sometimes with my eyes closed. It is all about making the connection and bringing what is there to life. "Nature cannot speak for itself so we must find a way to do so."
Describe your creative process.
The work comes out of long walks in a natural wetland near my home. I often bring home from my walks, sticks, leaves, seeds and images to use later in the studio. Other work arrives in that morning time between sleep and waking. I 'see' a small image of the finished piece and then have to work backwards as to how to make it. In the process I allow the piece to change and grow or connect to other pieces hanging in my studio. Time in the studio is a small part of the overall process..
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
I make art because I must. Without the creative process manifest in my life, I would be empty, unable to cope with the cruelty and greed of our modern world. Art and writing for me are the way forward. My way to make sense of the world around me.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
I love to experience art that has 'weight'. The kind of art that touches the feelings and wakes you up. I once visited the Tate Gallery and stood in a room full of paintings by Cy Twombly. I stood in the middle of that room and cried. I carried those paintings with me throughout our trip to the UK. Good art comes from a very deep place few of us access. I want to go there.
What is the role of the artist today?
You are not made into an artist, you are born with a sensitivity to the world that needs to be expressed. Artists are like the canaries in a mine. They see the danger before it arrives. They sound the alarm. They celebrate the beautiful and expose the bad. They are essential parts of a well-balanced society. Without art in all it's forms life would be incredibly dull bad policies would go unchallenged. We shake things up.


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Eden Bender

Born in: Toronto, Canada

Lives in: Toronto, Canada

Media: Sculpture, Installation, Mixed media, Ceramics

Describe your work in 3 words: Inspirational, evocative, sarcastic

See More Work:  Gardiner Museum or Muse Gallery

Lost - Ceramics 18 x 16 x 22 in.

One of Eden’s objectives is to express or evoke the human spirit and to further explore the media, which helps best relay these emotions. Another predominant theme in her work is to convey complex human emotions through simplistic imagery and forms.

What themes does your work involve?
Human relationships, overcoming adversity, and resiliency.
Describe your creative process.
My works are first derived from a concept and then I move straight to production.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
Everyday challenges and prevalent community issues are what influence me. I have always created to release stress and maintain my sanity.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
I believe good art should move you one way or another. Art that challenges our preconceived notions, depicts a sense or idea that we can relate to.
What is the role of the artist today?
The role of art today varies depending on the artist. I believe my work is often about human rights and protecting them.


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Fay Wood

“I’m inspired by the materials I work with (usually found objects); the touch, feel and intensity of them. The pleasure of working with a beautiful piece of wood, the visual impact of applied color, and the textures of fabrics; how I can imagine the ways to use them is intensely moving.”

Bird in Flight - Collage 20 x 20 in.

“Art using found objects has attracted me since 1965, when I was living in the San Francisco Bay Area, and saw large sculptures by local artists made from detritus on the Bay shore. They were fantastic, noisy, beautiful works with great humor and form - I never have forgotten them. As an art student at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, Mass. I began studying painting, but later, when I was attending a life drawing group, a sculptor encouraged me to carve directly in wood. This began what has become a deep love for sculpture and, later found object assemblage.

In 1992, when I finally had a permanent studio in the Hudson Valley of New York State, I began combining found objects with the cherry wood carvings I had been doing and continue to do so; adding found rag paper, wire, and paint to the mix.

I have also continued to paint, draw, and create tapestries and, recently I have completed an 18 piece portfolio of collages. I have an extensive exhibition history, including The Proskauer prize from the National Sculpture Society, exhibitions at Brookgreen Gardens, S. Carolina, Biennale Dell Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy, where I have been invited again in 2019, as well as many solo, group and invitational exhibitions in the USA. I will also be a featured artist with Artrepreneur, a website assisting artists to further their careers, in a film on PBS worldwide in April 2019.”

Reunion - Found object sculpture 44 x 42 x 44 in.
Mantis - Found object sculpture 60 x 16 x 18 in.
I Thought I Stood - Collage 28 x 21.5 in.
Goddess of Light Work - Found object sculpture 62 x 23 x 47 in.

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Philip Noyed

Born in: 1959, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Lives in: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Media: Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Film/analog photography, Digital Photography, Digital Media, Installation, Mixed media, Video, LED Lights, Acrylic Art, Virtual Reality

Describe your work in 3 words: Color Light Activation

See More Work:  http://www.PhilipNoyed.com

Skyfall - Lamda durantran print, acrylic, LED lights 4 x 3 ft

Philip Noyed creates luminous art that explores light, color and space in two and three dimensions. He combines the use of abstract photography, digital manipulation, acrylic fabrication, printing technologies, LED lights and VR to create innovative color and light experiences.

What themes does your work involve?
I create a series called "Geometric Illuminations" that uses abstract fractal photography mounted on acrylic and lit with LED lights or natural light to create sculptural forms. These geometric forms can be wall-mounted, free-standing or mobiles. My newer work is created as public art installations, light experiences and Virtual Reality experiences.
Describe your creative process.
My series is based on a radical reinterpretation of photography. I photograph my abstract paintings using a variety of unique, fast-action, slow shutter speeds and then digitally amplify and free sample the images: cutting, skewing, distorting and merging to form new geometric configurations. I use acrylic fabrication and LED lights to create the illuminated sculptural forms. I also explore the new: creating light art, video projections, mobiles, new materials, printing techniques and VR.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
Art provides a means of exploration and discovery. Technology keeps improving and providing new avenues of exploration - from using lights as a sculptural form to creating in Virtual Reality. I love to create art that is a transformational experience for viewers. I hope they are inspired and activated by the art I create.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Great art is transformational emotionally and intellectually for people experiencing the art, people of any age or background. Colors and light are frequencies and have the power to affect people both psychologically and physiologically. Great art creates great and memorable experiences that activate and inspire people. Great art also has a healing power.
What is the role of the artist today?
The role of the artist today is to be a pioneer riding the wave of technological advancements to create art in new ways. Create paintings that are 3D when seen with chromadepth glasses. Create Virtual Reality light experiences that people enter into. Use lights to create architectural forms. Use mirrors, acrylic, lights, dichroic film to create immersive experiences. Augment reality. Project videos as forms. Always pushing the creative and experience forward. Create art that activates.


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Jurata Wajda

Born in: 1965, Bydgoszcz, Poland

Lives in: Torgon, Switzerland

Media: Sculpture

Describe your work in 3 words: Realism - history - imagination

See More Work:  www.juratawajda.wixsite.com

Medusa - Modified cement, gold plating 38 x 25 x 17 cm

"I'm fascinated by historical art and its techniques demanding a precise work, as well as the study and realistic approach of the subject, both real and imaginary."

What themes does your work involve?
While following historical themes, I revise them and put a new sight on ancient subjects, such as the Greek Medusa, the Minotaur-Woman or the Cathedral-Woman of the Middle-Ages.
Describe your creative process.
I don’t necessarily start by sketches, I immediately go to clay. After finishing the clay model of the sculpture I make the form. Next, I realize a cast, which can be either the base for the original creation or the model for a cast in bronze. I really appreciate historical techniques and natural materials which is certainly linked to me being an art restorer. I use a concrete, plaster, stucco, bronze, acrylic resins, that I modify and then polychrome, gilder or make it look older.
What influences your work? What inspires you?
I am inspired by the ancient arts, diverse mythologies, people around me, nature. I like the process of creation, the battle with the matter and the moment the effects I imagined start showing.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Good art is meant to evoke delight, move, not only be a decorative object but raise thoughts, references, memories.
What is the role of the artist today?
Transformation of the reality and imagination into beautiful, interesting, soul-moving objects.


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Pancho Jimenez

Born in: New York City

Lives in: San Francisco Bay Area

Media: Sculpture, Ceramics

Describe your work in 3 words: Textured, Intricate, Thoughtful

See More Work:  www.panchojimenez.com

Marks the Spot

"I explore the elusiveness of dreams and memory joining together molded forms in unlikely combinations. I Transform kitsch elements into complex pieces with a rich and relevant focus."

What themes does your work involve?
The themes of dreams, memory and experiences and how we recall those in our mind's eye.
Describe your creative process.
I have been making artwork for twenty years. I usually work in series. Sometimes on a single series or back-and-forth between one or more series. I begin a work with a specific concept in mind and/or allow the work to guide me. As I am working on one piece, an idea for the next piece inevitably emerges. Typically, when I complete a work, I put it aside for a number of days and then return to it and refine it. I find the time away from the piece allows me to see the work with “fresh eyes”.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
I am inspired by pre-Columbian art, other artists, themes and/or issues that are relevant to our times and culture and that engage my imagination. I make art because it fulfills me; I feel incomplete when I am not creating art. It’s also fun, rewarding and a challenge.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
A great piece of art bridges concept and form. It successfully communicates an idea, a point of view or elicits emotions via a compelling object, installation or performance.
What is the role of the artist today?
In my opinion, the role of the artist today is the same as it has been for centuries: to reflect culture, to hold up a mirror to us and reveal something about ourselves and the human condition.


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Harry Arling – Kosmotroniks

Born in: 1965

Lives in: Emmerschans, Drenthe, The Netherlands

Media: Sculpture

Describe your work in 3 words: Unique - Beautiful - Happy

Kosmotroniks -ButterFlyCatchingMachineTank

My art reflects all that I loved, watched and did as a kid.
I'm myself's biggest fan!

What themes does your work involve?
It is about bringing a smile to people with my own created world called Kosmotroniks.
Describe your creative process.
I just start building. I never make a drawing first. It's what happens in the moment. Because of that, every build is an adventure for me.
What influences your work? What inspires you?
Big influences are music, Stanley Kubrick, toy stories, model kits, movies, model builders.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
I only can talk about my own art. Unexpected things while making it, make my art/Kosmotroniks great. These are the best moments.
What is the role of the artist today?
My art is totally unique. There is nothing in the world to compare it with. That’s one of the things that makes my art so interesting.


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