Cats. Cats. Cats. Artist Dorrie Reid has two cats: Marilyn and Romeo.
Not only are they terrific house pets, they are the theme most often seen in her work. Reid uses craft, print and fine art mediums to tell the tale of her life with a pair of adorable felines.
On initial viewing, Sylvia Fragoso’s paintings and drawings seem to be abstract…the vibrant colors appear to be broken or sorted into dense grids or movements. But they’re not. Fragoso frequently explores the figure or architecture in her work, and, upon closer examination, the images can eventually be deciphered. As a devote Catholic, one of the more common images in her work (both in painting and sculpture) is the church.
Though often lacking in a figurative anchor, Fragoso also brings the same colorful sensibilities to the world of crafts. Her embroidered wall pieces and quilts – which employ similar maximal visual strategies as her paintings and drawings– are in numerous private collections.
Billy White is a natural storyteller.
He weaves tales throughout the scenes he creates in his drawings and paintings, explaining that narrative form in his head while he is drawing. White’s subjects range from such casual encounters to people he meets; to film and television celebrities; as well as imagined characters like “Count Dracula, the Wrestler.”
(Yes, you probably saw him on that episode of ABC TV’s “Secret Millionaire.”)
After being institutionalized for a large part of her youth, Susan Wise became interested in crafts in a vocational training program.
For more than two decades, Wise has explored and mastered numerous craft forms – quilts, embroidery and ceramics. But Wise’s true masterworks are baskets.
Unlike traditional basket making, which uses a very regimented math to tightly and firmly weave the materials, Wise has invented her process. She first lays out the twine or rope and begins shaping it into the vessel, and the, using a different diameter of string or yarn, lashes the coils into place.
Characteristic of Wise’s vessels are their emphasis on biomorphic forms and shapes. Through her use of color and materials (hemp twine, various ropes, threads and fabric scraps), her baskets often seem to undulate and sway to an invisible rhythm, while frequently seeming to be collapsing under their own weight as if exhausted by their dance.