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Samantha Lyn Aasen
Media; Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Crafts, Film, Graphic Arts, Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, New Media/Technology, Performance Art, Photography, Sculpture, Textiles, Visual Arts Instructor
Samantha Lyn Aasen is an artist reacquainting herself to the Midwest. Born in Indianapolis, she spent several years in the Southwest before returning to her home to Indiana. Her work in heavily influenced on her experience in growing up a young girl in suburbia. She questions the transition between girlhood and womanhood. Often Aasen’s work is manifested in photographs, but has also included performances, installations, videos, and objects. Her inspiration comes from reality television, fashion dolls, blogs, and pop culture.
Samantha Lyn Aasen received her BFA in Photography from the Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI and her MFA with an emphasis in Intermedia from Arizona State University. Her work has been exhibited across the United States in Maryland, Indiana, Arizona, Illinois, and recently internationally in London.
Visual Arts: Illustration, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Works on paper
I’ve always enjoyed drawing, painting, & making things. I am particularly fond of outdoor/public art projects. Always looking forward to my next project, big or small, and finding clever design solutions.
Visual Arts: Sculpture
“I have developed a writing practice that has culminated in a piece titled “word picture.” Each picture is an hour long film of a writing session projected via LCD onto a plain surface. Text is generated on the surface as though one were observing a writer from over his shoulder, complete with mistakes, corrections, cut, pastes, and pauses. Some sessions include an electronic clock enhancing the sense of passage of time. The piece places the viewer into the artist’s studio in ‘real time.'”
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Sculpture
Multi Media African American Artist
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Works on paper; Public Art
Don Artamas is a Contemporary Abstract Artist, with an international upbringing, he is currently based in Marion, Indiana, USA and his works has been exhibited in various museums and galleries in Asia and USA. A student of the arts at an early age, Don Artamas has been painting professionally since 90’s. He does not limit himself by a particular style . . . He is a versatile artist who is inventive, searching and daring. His works are interesting and enlightening characterized distinctively by spontaneity, impulse, depth, improvisation and chance. His abstract works are emotionally charged infused with mystery and tension, expressing a wide range of human desire and yearnings. The power and fascinating quality of Don Artamas’ works stem from the feeling that they strike deep into subconscious reserves of energy and imagination.
Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Painting, Sculpture
Martine obtained a Bachelor in Architecture in Brussels. She studied Industrial Marketing and Emotional Intelligence. She is a creative thinker, she is fascinated by the brain and the infinite possibilities we do have to change & grow. She traveled on all continents & is advocate to cultural diversity. Martine has always been present in the artistic field, design, painting, sculpture, jewelry, photography. Already in 2008, her skills were recognized in Indianapolis Monthly Magazine. Her career as architect & painter led her to work with the most prestigious businesses including bank branch & developers. For more than 20 years, she has also been involved in the racing industry. Martine is married since 30 years and has two children.
She uses the metal casting process, works with bronze aluminium and stainless. Her pieces are symbolic. I AM LOVE, I AM STRONG, I AM DREAMING, MEMORY, YES, WINDY CITY, RIVERWALK, ELEMENTS, MOTHER NATURE, CHAIN OF LOVE…are some of them.
The bold colors she uses bring you joy and high energy. Check her website www.MartineBachelart.com
And discover her pieces at KUABA GALLERY, downtown Indianapolis. The show ends June 29. 2019.
Visual Arts: Sculpture
Jodie is a life-long doer, maker, and pioneer. As an adolescent, she used her dad’s power tools to build her ideas. As a high school freshman, she was the first female industrial arts student and was awarded Fine Arts Student of the Year. She started her first business in her 30’s, began university studies in costume design in her 40’s, and in her 50’s earned a degree in art history. She then achieved a master of fine arts in sculpture as a member of the first MFA cohort at Herron School of Art and Design. After successful post-graduate careers in fine arts museums and academia she returned to the studio full-time to explore the fuzzy lines between art, fashion, and performance.
Visual Arts: Sculpture
Fabrication is the method that best describs my making of sculpture. I combine and build elements into three-dimensional objects and somtimes installations. Installations are built in an environment that surrounds and engages the viewer’s physical space.
Visual Arts: Sculpture
As an artist I enjoy creating both decorative and functional sculptural pieces from a range of materials including: steel, bronze, iron, wood, glass and stone. I often work with recycled materials giving new life, purpose and beauty to things others would consider trash. Basically, I work to eat and create to live. I don’t look for a deep meaning in my pieces. Instead I want them to be fun and pleasing to look at.
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Works on paper
Gretchen 'Copper' Banning
Performing Arts: Music; Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Functional and/or Decorative, Mixed Media, Photography, Sculpture, Textiles
My artist name is Copper. I chose this name only because I was using it as an 'alias' when I was hosting goth parties in the 90s. That is when I started drawing and painting. I signed those works Copper and so I have kept it even though it confuses people. I am also a DJ and go by the name Copper Top, which is another story for another day.
I am not a trained artist. My degree was in political science and history. I never even considered art until one day I decided in the 1990s I decided to draw a picture and showed it to my boyfriend. He said to 'give it up'. I hate those words so I kept going anyway. I continued drawing and eventually I moved into collage and painting. By the late 90s I was producing works which incorporated many styles and mediums. I had several small shows in the city in the early 2000's including The Bungalow in Broad Ripple and many coffee shops in the city.
In 2002 I decided to leave behind my art to pursuing DJing as my main creative outlet. I decided that someday, when I didn't want to DJ as much, I would come back to my art. I DJ'd all over the country and the world between 2002 and 2012. I released 6 licensed CDs which were distributed globally. All of this was done on small Indie labels here and in Germany. When I spin now from time to time I play a mix of industrial, psy trance, dark house, and techno.
In January 2012 I began to become serious about art again. I brought to it a new confidence in making my own rules. I was also deeply affected by 'The Occupy Movement'. I was an activist in my college days and worked on many humanitarian causes. I studied political economics and have always leaned to the left, although my current convictions have evolved since those days. I began to marry my concern for global political and environmental crises to my expression through art. I recently published a piece of prose in the Canadian art publication 'Adbusters' and strongly support everything that periodical hopes to accomplish for a better global future.
I also very much enjoy creating 'decorative art'. I do this to distract from my gloomy side. I love vintage kitsch and moreover mxing it with other surreal 'childish' decorative objects. I love making diorama. I love spanish and latino style art and am strongly influenced by it. I also enjoy completely remaking large objects like furniture. I have dabbled in painting, drawing, photography, collage, assemblage, sculpture. I hate making anything more than once. I constantly am looking for some new idea to bring to my art.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Printmaking, Sculpture
Mixed media scluptor from Indianapolis working mostly with found and repurposed material to form an art practice known as Ah Sum Blah.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Printmaking, Sculpture, Works on paper; Cut Paper
Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Stephanie Beisel completed her BFA in Graphic Design and Illustration at Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri and her MFA in Printmaking at Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis, Indiana. She currently lives in Indianapolis.
Visual Arts: Glasswork, Mixed Media, Sculpture
Driven by the process Influenced by tradition was an emphasis on craftsmanship inspired by the glass itself there truly is nothing like working with hot glass .
Visual Arts: Ceramics, Printmaking, Sculpture, Works on paper
McKayla Bensheimer is a sculptor and printmaker. She was raised in Franklin, Indiana and currently resides in Indianapolis, where she attends Herron School of Art and Design as a BFA candidate for sculpture. Bensheimer is interested in depicting the human experience through figural sculpture and portraiture in a variety of materials such as clay, steel, bronze, and two-dimensional mediums. Bensheimer has shown her work around the Indianapolis area. Her public works include a collaboration for a walkway mosaic installed in front of the Irvington Public Library.
Visual Arts: Crafts, Functional and/or Decorative, Sculpture
With a keen interest in material science and contemporary and modern art, I work with metal as a versatile medium to exploit my imagination and bring solidarity to my visions.
Visual Arts: Functional and/or Decorative, Illustration, Sculpture
Visual Arts: Sculpture
Samuel Bowen started doing artwork in 1993 – 1994. He is completely self- taught. Sam is a creative visionary. He is continuously honing his skills using different medias, which include acrylic, metal/metal wire, pen, pencil, charcoal, pastel, car model paint, and wood. He takes on the challenging projects to exceed the limits of traditional art in unique forms. He carries the philosophy to “Always …push the boundaries for your personal creative greatness”. In showing several perspectives, to pursue in life is of great value is thinking outside of the box to challenge others. Bringing life to the uncommon views is a priceless tool in improving one’s life, enabling all to see the positive benefits.
Visual Arts: Film, Mixed Media, New Media/Technology, Sculpture
I collect carburetors, bike frames, and fire hydrants…any mechanical artifacts that I can find. Each piece has its own unique story. When I use these objects in my sculpture, I get the privilege of giving those objects a new story. I prefer working with steel because of its strength, durability, form, and how it deteriorates.
Keith E. Bratton
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Crafts, Sculpture, Works on paper
Bratton creates whimsical constructions and collages made from cut paper and various other materials.
Visual Arts: Ceramics, Sculpture
Peggy Breidenbach is an Indianapolis-based ceramic artist and educator. Her sculptural work mines her own life experiences – growing-up, mothering, loss, aging and the fragile beauty of now – to not only better understand her humanity, but also to remind viewers of theirs. In addition to time in her studio, her practice includes journaling, reading, poetry and time outdoors. Her ceramic forms reference those found in nature – seeds, bones, stones and fossils – artifacts of the living world. By enlarging them to elevate their beauty and impact, they become potent metaphors for themes she aims to explore.
Peggy came to ceramics as a second career and has developed her craft over many years of university and art center classes, numerous workshops and much trial and error. She has taught ceramics at the Indianapolis Art Center since 2003. She regularly exhibits her work in shows in Indiana and beyond. Her website is www.peggybreidenbach.com.
Visual Arts: Sculpture, Visual Arts Instructor
See About You
John Charles Brooks
Visual Arts: Painting, Sculpture
I am a painter. I do not reject the term artist, but I believe in it’s present context the title spans much that is of little interest to me. I do not aspire to the idea of artist as arbiter of culture. I do embrace the idea that art can heal, that it can console , that it can show the commonality between us all. My goals are simple: to illuminate aspects of reality via the medium of pigment on canvas. In this regard, the greatest illumination is personal and in my case, arrives at the point where the process of painting begins. My goal is nothing less than liberation. Painting is the process, my transformation is it’s goal. I hope in the journey there are others who may also see, through my work, where I am pointing, but what I seek is not essentially social. In an age of cynicism I remain a romantic. john charles brooks 2007
Visual Arts: Illustration, Murals, Painting, Sculpture
Brown’s work focuses on the kinetics of the figure as slow motion events captured in time with blurs of the micro-second. His work explores the lines within the movement of multiple light defining “gray areas” that are, in fact, full of color.
Visual Arts: New Media/Technology, Painting, Sculpture
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Graphic Arts, New Media/Technology, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture
Through capturing photographic imagery from personal sacred space, dreams and the natural world, I create my own language of metaphors and special symbolism. This is visual journaling of what’s important to me and my inner thoughts and ideas are made visible through my technique and my choice of subject matter. I believe we are formed by images and we need to develop a critical intake and understanding of what we are seeing.
There are reoccurring images throughout my work from spiritual pilgrimages, family, the natural
world and dreams that are important to me. I return often to placing a special black stone in my
work that represents me. This is an important touchstone of meditation and memory which
allows me to be placed in the spiritual spaces that I capture and compose. Light and shadow are
also a reoccurring symbolism representing spiritual and self-awareness. By encountering the
push and pull of both my light and my shadow, I expose myself to a source of life otherwise not
seen. For me, this is where divinity is found.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Sculpture
With a background in bronze casting and paleontology, I am inspired by the application of a process and the passage of time as a means to transform. In my practice I examine the human experience within the realm of deep time, exploring the grander temporal potential of daily rituals through fossilization. I create fictional artifacts that exist at the intersections of craft, ecology, science fiction, queerness, time scale and human sustainability when facing imminent change.
Multi Arts; Performing Arts: Actor/Actress, Dance, Music, Spoken Word, Theatre; Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Functional and/or Decorative, Glasswork, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Jewelry, Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, Murals, New Media/Technology, Painting, Performance Art, Performers and Writers, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Textiles, Visual Arts Instructor
What is Quixotic Artistry? It is first and foremost, my brand. It’s whimsy, it’s being able to look failure directly in the eye, and say “f*&# off”, and turn it into success. It’s my past heartbreak, and my feelings of insecurity. Ironically, it is my suit of armour, and my confidence. It is Assemblage, fashion design, makeup artistry, and graphics. It is choreography, it is design. It’s perfect balance. It is the rebirth of my failed attempts at becoming a fashion designer, yet is the new life of a new approach. It is the phoenix, that is rising from the ashes of what I thought to be the end of a journey. Alas, my journey is not over. What is Quixotic | Artistry ? It is whatever that I want it to be, and will be everything that I quixotically dream it to be.
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