MIXED | ARTIST STATEMENTS
My work continues to be sculptural responses and critiques of my day-to-day experiences and observations. Working primarily in mixed media constructions, I look for the quiet beauty in ordinary, marginalized objects and how they can connect us to a larger world. My recent works have grown out of decayed pieces of metal, bone, and other found objects that serve as metaphor for the society in which we live.
Jim Roberts lives and works in Carroll County, MD. He received his MFA from Towson University in 2000 and is beginning his 24th year of teaching art at one of the county’s high schools. His studio is located at his home. His earlier works were primarily free-standing, metal fabrications that were assembled as installations. His recent work focuses on wall installations using small boxes developed around a concept or theme.
Jennifer Hartz is a painter, printmaker and mixed media artist currently residing in South Eastern Pennsylvania with her daughter Sage. Hartz graduated with her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, in May 2017. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in December 2014 with her BFA and she attended the California College of the Arts in Oakland California in the late 1990’s. In 2017, she attended the Lacawac Artist Residency (PA) and was an Art at Lunch Speaker at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Hartz has also been an Arts Juror at the Center for the Creative Arts (DE) for their Members Exhibition. She has participated in numerous art shows throughout the region and was most recently a featured artist at the Red Raven Art Company located on Gallery Row in Lancaster Pennsylvania.
My recent work is a continuation of my exploration into themes of identity, the fragility of the human body and the interactions/connections we experience as humans.
The work included in the Forgotten Bodies series was inspired by the layers of memories within each of us that hold a multitude of experiences and emotions that we tend to keep buried away, or even forget, but still play a major role in who we are and how we see and respond to the world around us. This work is part of an ongoing series for 2018.
My process includes combining different mediums which allows me to respond to the materials and work intuitively…I have found my passion is in the process. Although I have an image in my mind beforehand and create hundreds of thumbnail sketches…inevitably the work naturally evolves as each of the mediums respond to each other on the panel.
After graduating with a degree in Journalism, from Temple University, Sharon began her career as an art director and graphic designer. Taking a break, after the birth of her third daughter, Sharon returned
to creating with her hands. After completing various classes at the Main Line Art Center and participating in workshops around the region, she has exhibited her work at galleries across the country. Today, she is on the faculty and runs various programs at the art center while still exploring the world of clay and mixed media. Although she is mainly self taught, Sharon has taken various classes and workshops in clay, metals, print making and brought all of these to her current work.
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