ARTISTS’ STATEMENT

In January of 2015, Cindy Baker, Kath Balamuth, Jules Campbell and Pam Jameson said “Let’s Collaborate!” These artist-friends joined together to create a series of mixed media works. After much discussion, they settled on the theme of Habitat. This theme sparked their creativity and allowed them to express a broad range of genres using their individual styles to generate mixed media urban, rural and suburban abstractions and landscapes.

Process:

Each artist started with three 16×16” panels and began a painting or collage which expressed their thoughts, feelings, and views of “habitat.” Meeting a few weeks later, they exchanged panels and worked on each other’s panel. Over the next five months, they met every two or three weeks to exchange panels and to critique and discuss the work as it progressed. This collaboration challenged them to be sensitive to, and respond to, what was already on the panel, while adding personal ideas and expressions. As the layers were added, each panel began to express a habitat theme, such as urban encroachment, pollution, over-crowding or blight. Once all four artists had touched a panel, they discussed whether it was finished or whether it required additional work.   Some panels were finished quickly, while others needed more time to complete the ideas the panel had come to represent.

Habitat_101

Habitat 101 • 16X16″ • Mixed Media on Panel

Habitat_102

Habitat 102 • 16X16″ • Acrylic on Panel

Habitat_103

Habitat 103 • 16X16″ • Mixed Media on Panel

Habitat_104

Habitat 104 • 16X16″ • Mixed Media on Panel

Habitat_105

Habitat 105 • 16X16″ • Mixed Media on Panel

Habitat_106

Habitat 106 • 16X16″ • Mixed Media on Panel

Habitat_107

Habitat 107 • 16X16″ • Mixed Media on Panel

Habitat_109

Habitat 109 • 16X16″ • Mixed Media on Panel

Habitat_111

Habitat 111 • 16X16″ • Mixed Media on Panel

Habitat_112

Habitat 112 • 16X16″ • Mixed Media on Panel

 

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