Holiday Guest Artists 2022-23
November 15, 2022-February 15, 2023
ACCI Gallery is proud to present 5 new artists participating in our holiday season this year!
Batle Studio: Sculptural Drawing Tools
As I go about my normal day, I find myself attracted to anomalies: oddities of circumstance or material that snap me out of my “routine”. For me, routine is complacent; a slow death. I think of art-making as cultivating a specialized anomaly. First, I rummage out objects that are part of my “routine”. They can be anything, really. I particularly revel in taking aim at things that are unquestioned fixtures, self-assured maybe, but mundane. Then, I zero in on a quality that might expose a “kink in the armor”. With a playful attitude, I’ll add something to it, or take something away, in order to reveal its paradox. That object, which had previously affirmed the “routine”, might now divulge a transcendent irony.
Knit Hats and Enamel Jewelry
Susanna Lamaina: Artful Baskets
Margo Scarpullo: Pit-fired Ceramics and Glass
I begin by throwing on the wheel. After the piece is trimmed and dried, I burnish either with a stone or apply terra sigillata. This gives a smooth, shine finish which begs to be touched - and definitely should be. Part of the allure of my work is in touching it. My methods include pit-firing, horse-hair, raku, naked raku, saggar, and obvara.
PÂTE DE VERRE
Pâte de verre is a method of kiln casting glass. It literally means glass paste. I first make a clay piece, then form a plaster mold from it and remove the clay. Crushed glass is mixed with a binding agent to form a paste. It is packed into the mold then fired in a kiln. After the firing and cooling, the mold is broken away and the fused glass piece is completed.
Monique Sonoquie: Mixed Media Jewelry, Baskets, and Sculpture
Cultural Practitioner, Presenter, Trainer, Basketweaver, Author, Artist, Auntie.
"I work with my hands on and with Mother Earth and all her gifts of plants, stone, water and fire. I sustain my family and community with traditional wild food and medicines. My art reflects my life and consists of photos, found and assisted arts of Wood, Plants, Shells, beach trash and recycled materials. Basketweavers are the first to notice the pain and unnatural changes. We’ve heard of these changes to come from our Indigenous Elders, and now all of us are experiencing them first hand. Our cries of alarm were ignored. The challenge now is to make sure they are not simply co-oped words, FB posts, signs and marching chants, but practiced on the most microscopic level, with each breath, each step, each heartbeat connecting us to our Mother Earth."