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Media; Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Crafts, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Photography, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper; term
Ward is responsible for curating over seventy (70) art, music, fashion and performing arts events and exhibitions in Indianapolis.
Susan Watt Grade
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Sculpture; term
Susan Watt Grade creates sculptural installations and mixed media, assemblage artworks, many with an environmental theme. She is interested in how our society’s products and architectural structures mimic nature, and likes to work with salvaged materials and multiples of objects. She is also interested in arts and environmental education as wall as incorporating community outreach into her installations.
Visual Arts: Ceramics, Constructions/Collage, Crafts, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Sculpture, Visual Arts Instructor; term
I primarily work in ceramics and am a ceramics instructor in Indianapolis. I do however have a pretty diverse art background from mural work, drawing, painting, and sculpture. My current body of work is rooted in more of a retro futuristic feel. My goal with most pieces is to fool the viewer making them question the media being used. I try to stretch the limits of ceramics with each piece.
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Crafts; term
Graphic Arts; Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Crafts, Functional and/or Decorative, Graphic Arts, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper; term
I am an Indy-born, corn-fed, Indy-raised artist through and through! I have studied art at both Purdue and Duke Universities under professional artists that have produced exhibitions for the Indy Airport, National Geographic, and other large-scale audiences. For the last 7 years, I’ve done mural work for several Indy communities including Noblesville, Fishers, Vincennes, and Cumberland. In my time spent living in Boston and Los Angeles over the last 5 years, I also developed skills in exotic face and body painting, pottery, and stained glass, adding a unique skillset and aesthetic style to my teacher abilities and artwork.
In 2018, I formed Hue Murals LLC (fully licensed by the state of Indiana). I offer classes and studio time, work on large scale mural projects, travel to festivals and cultural events to share face and body painting, project manage for local art partners, and more.
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Mixed Media, New Media/Technology, Painting, Sculpture; term
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
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