Stephen E. Wooldridge
Visual Arts: Sculpture
Wooldridge studied 3D Design and Sculpture at the Dayton Art Institute and Sculpture technique at Herron Art Institute. He has extensive experience in welding, fabrication and finishing of ferrous, non-ferrous metals, and exotic alloys through training with the US Navy. He is currently building limited edition sculptural furniture, and site specific sculpture for indoors and outdoors.
Visual Arts: Painting, Sculpture, Textiles
Samantha Wright is an Indianapolis-based artist who specializes in mixed media and painting on canvas. The medium she works with the most is paint and canvas. From Ivy Tech, she obtained her Associate degree in Fine Art’s. Wright graduated from Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI and earned her BFA degree in Integrative Studio Practice with a Minor in Art History. On December 6th, she will be a part of a group exhibit called Perception, where she will show her most current three-dimensional piece at Herron School of Art and Design. She will also be showing a painting at the Fountain Square Brewing Company for their Feed Me Weird Things exhibit during the month of December.
Visual Arts: Ceramics, Sculpture
“Working in multiples is a constant theme in my art. Most recently I have focused on ceramic wall pieces, as paintings in clay, often presented in groupings or grids. These pieces contain imagery that may represent influences such as architectural lines, primitive textiles, carvings reminiscent of wood block prints, or scribbles that imply sound waves or writing. Although clay is the most prominent medium in my work, I enjoy using other materials such as handmade paper, sand, stone, wood, and more to create installations and assemblages. I take pleasure in creating a contemporary dialogue through the most basic materials. I create art that promotes aesthetic universal language, with open-ended interpretation for all viewers.” – Zech
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Mixed Media, New Media/Technology, Painting, Sculpture
My professional practice consists of three major bodies of work. Each body has different subjects but they all use the medium of black paint. My ‘Finished Line’ and Flag paintings on paper are all constructed with drywall tape and black paint. The act of seeing through black has both historical precedents and current relationships to technology. My black reflective paintings entertain this ability to “see” or possess vision by reflecting the surrounding environment from their high gloss surfaces. I created a technique that achieves a reflective surface through mixing and pouring paint in a technically incorrect manner. This process depends on many variables and forces me to work in an experimental way that influences the work to change.
In my current attempt to make my own paint, I have developed ink from black beans. I create this pigment by soaking heirloom black beans in effect obtaining a spectrum of violet, indigo, green, and black. I soak the beans from hours in warm water to leaving the bean juice in my refrigerator for a year in an effort to create a black pigment. I have been studying black beans in their dried, soaked and cooked forms. These investigations are leading me to my proposed project of light harvesting black bean solar paintings. Making art began with film photography as a young adult. I found it wild and experimental to expose my images in the darkroom and in the sun to find the images. When it came time to study and be part of an artist community, studying blacksmithing and working for metal artists in New Mexico enchanted me.
Eventually I moved into installation and performance art while studying art, metalsmithing, and architecture at Cranbrook Academy of Art, a design focused school. In my early professional days I made commissioned metal pieces for clients but left it all to make paintings. I eventually ended up showing paintings and videos in my first solo show at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. With this exhibition I dove into a world of painting. My reflective paintings were recently selected to be in the New American Paintings survey of contemporary painting at the Elmhurst Museum of art in Illinois. After exhibiting this work I wanted to engage the audience in less of a psychological manner and thus a period of questioning followed. I was able to study in more depth my interest in black paint through the Arts Council Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship. Through this, experimenting with black beans and the resulting ink impacted my direction with black materials. My first public art commission soon followed and I switched gears into working large scale and towards a different audience. I absolutely loved how many people end up seeing and engaging in the art. The work was harking back to my design art education in conjunction to successfully being readily available for the public to understand. From this project I realized having this immediacy or connection to the viewer is what I desire to have in my future work.
MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
BFA, College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Disclaimer: The Arts Council of Indianapolis provides this database and website as a service to artists, arts organizations, and consumers alike. All information contained within the database and website was provided by the artists or arts organizations. No adjudication or selection process was used to develop this site or the artists and organizations featured. While the Arts Council of Indianapolis makes every effort to present accurate and reliable information on this site, it does not endorse, approve, or certify such information, nor does it guarantee the accuracy, completeness, efficacy, timeliness, or correct sequencing of such information.