“rise up,” by artist Liz Wierzbicki, conveys the idea of the sun rising on a new day through a progression of personal pronouns.
Liz Wierzbicki is a printmaker, performance artist and video artist, and is a co-founder and the current Program Director of Cat Head Press Printshop and Artist Collaborative.
Learn more about Wierzbicki here.
2020 – 2021 | Phoenix: Exhaled | Abdul-Shaheed Aaron & Adreia Hawkins
Read an interview with artist Abdul Shaheed-Aaron here.
Phoenix (Exhaled) centers on a real, of-our-time Black woman who is both emblematic and individual at the same time. The complex and layered imagery brings in a local focus with its images of Indianapolis in the background, and includes a visual reference to Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” The artists wanted to show one “one woman’s escape from her cage and how, once freed, she takes the instrument used to cage her to enjoy her freedom.”
2018 – 2020 | Moon Sisters | Tasha Beckwith
Moon Sisters uses an Afrofuturist aesthetic to explore the universal feminine through a stunning combination of patterns, colors, and figuration.
2016 – 2018 | Junonia ACI | Tam Hildreth
Hildreth’s paintings in her “Junonia” series are inspired by the distinctive eyespot markings on butterflies of the genus Junonii, commonly known as buckeye or pansy butterflies. Hildreth isolates and magnifies the eyespots, and renders each iridescent “cell” as a round dot of color.
2014 – 2016 | 3 Drawings | Jessica Hancock
Hancock’s meticulous pen and ink drawings take medieval graphic patterning, with its attention to mathematics and the religious significance of number recurrences, to the next level of intricacy.
2012 – 2014 | Mountain, House of Breath and Straw, Shell | Susan Hodgin
Hodgin’s later abstracted landscape-based paintings, of which these are three, were influenced by her understanding of the sublime – finding beauty in fear.
2011 | Mud and Twigs, Branch Weaver, Stilled Stream | Wug Laku
Through the manipulation of traditional landscape photography, Laku created three dynamic images that challenged the viewer to explore new shapes and patterns.
2010 | Patterns in Flight Triptych | Rachel Steely
Steely’s Patterns in Flight series is about the journeys of both butterflies and herself. The oil on canvas series reflects on the artist’s thoughts on time, refined beauty, and overcoming struggles. It contains a variety of butterfly species: painted ladies, a blue morpho, malachites, a citrus swallowtail, postmans, a variable cracker and a zebra longwing.