Bauhaus Prairie Art Gallery

Celebrating the modernity of creative contemporary and traditional art through online art competition

April 2018


Flora & Fauna

Jurors’ Statement – Margaret Gaeddert & Caryl Morgan

The subject of Flora & Fauna evokes spring and a time of renewal as well as a return to nature. French Fauvist painter, Raoul Dufy, stated, “When I feel a little confused… the only thing to do is to turn back to the study of nature before launching once again into the subjects closest to heart.” The artists in this month’s exhibition at Bauhaus Prairie Art Gallery have clearly been renewed and inspired by nature.

Beatriz Quinonez-Czwakiel’s, “Blue Flower” receives Best of Show honors for her representation of nature in ceramics. The design of the piece stands alone in the style of the Arts & Crafts genre but her glazing techniques demonstrates her mastery of design. The glaze process can be difficult to predict because of the variables inherent in the firing process but clearly the artist is confident in her process.

First Place was given to Christina Baal for her dynamic watercolor, “Dance of the Sandhill Crane.” The artist captured the moments of active dance as the birds court perspective partners. The painting is further enhanced by strong color and contrast that invites the viewer to participate is the activity.

Trudy L Waterman brings quiet contemplation with her photograph, “Lily II MIV” and receives Second Place recognition. She invites the eye to explore every detail of the white lily with crystal sharp details enveloped within the dark background. She focuses the viewer’s eye to see everything that is the blossom captures, every subtle nuance of the interior texture of the petals and then deeper into the center to the origin of the stamen. Her invitation to explore is inescapable.

Emily Weber shifts our attention from the delicate flower to the illusion of a delicate bird’s nest constructed with barbed wire entitled “Home Sweet Home.” Her sculpture receives Third Place honors for her ability to combine nature with the metal quality of hard dangerous wire yet still retaining the idea that delicate eggs could be gently inserted and protected within the construction.

“Snail Bracelet,” Fourth Place by Hsuan Chang, requires the consideration of metal again. In this piece Hsuan adorns a cold rigid wrist cuff with colors and elements of nature. She uses a variety colored metals and textures as well as a snail shell to soften the cuff with sea urchin-like shapes tied together with an undulating leaf that grows beyond the basic bracelet shape to create an innovative jewelry design.

Honorable Mention

The Honorable Mention recipients cover a broad range of the elements of art and nature.

Mary Dove, Terri Einer and Cathy Rowten present compositions of flowers. Dove’s painting, “Trumpet Vine and Donkey Ear Cactus” uses color complements and strong light contrast to beautifully render the subject and the warmth of a desert flower environment. Terri Einer, “Morning-Beautiful,” paints a morning glory in soft washes of color yet still, by her color choices, presents a powerful composition. “Weevil Free” by Rowten has the quality of illustration from the 1940’s. She relies on color contrast too but through soft pastel values Cathy enhances the texture of the cotton plant.

Brandie Fergus’ “Crawfish” and Pam Harp’s “Woody” contrast fauna through the realism of a photograph to the illustrative rendering of watercolor and pen & ink.

Phyllis Jaffe’s “Bamboo,” Les Schmidt’s “Char 2,” and Timothy Wilson’s “Aloe, Costa Rica” are as much alike as they are uniquely different. Jaffe uses active brushstrokes to paint the leaves of a bamboo plant. Touches of unexpected color activate the movement in the composition. Les Schmidt offer leaves of palm void of life and most color. The photo is natures nod to a Jackson Pollock painting inviting the viewer to look through the leaves and deeply beyond. Wilson provides realism that borders on the super-real by eliminating all detail but the plant. However, he retains the amazing softness of the texture of the aloe leaf through lighting.



Best Of Show

Beatriz Quinonez-Czwakiel

"Blue Flower"

Ceramic ,

Sale Price $POR

Artist Statement

I have always been inspired by nature and the different seasons that bring the change of colors with them. Flowers are the primary influence for my artwork. My artwork is made from stoneware clay that has been thrown on the wheel, altered, and staked two or more forms. Carving petals, leaves, or other plant life to the surface adds visual movement and is enhanced using multiple glazes to create the array of colors. My pottery is functional, and decorative, but yet simple and elegant.

 

Artist Biography

Beatriz Quinonez-Czwakiel is a Mexican-born artist who is currently completing her B.F.A. concentrating in ceramics at Nicholls State University in Louisiana. Her influences for her work portray nature by using leaves or flowers to decoration functional pottery. Flowers in particular because they come in many shapes, sizes, and colors, so no two flowers are the same as no two pots are exactly the same. The forms are thrown on the wheel then altered or stacked, but they are simple and elegant.  Carving a specific type of petal on the form defines the type of flower the pot will become. Leaves or vines are added to the base to give it more texture.

 

 

 

 

 



First Place

Christina Baal

"Dance of the Sandhill Crane"

Watercolor , 18" x 24"

Sale Price $NFS

Artist Statement:

My life revolves around birds. They are remarkable creatures, each possessing unique physical traits, behaviors, and personality quirks. I wander the world trying to meet as many different species of birds as I can so that I can paint them. My goal is to render both the story of my own experience meeting each bird as well as the spirit of the individual bird in the painting; to that end, I only paint a bird after I have encountered it in the wild. I hope that my paintings share the personal joy I derive from watching birds and invite the viewer to delve deeper into the fascinating lives of these winged creatures.

 

Biography

Christina is a wandering bird artist whose life dream is to meet and then paint 10,000 different species of birds. She has always loved animals and has been drawing them since she could hold a crayon. After discovering the world of birding as a student at Bard College, she decided to dedicate her artistic practice to painting birds as a way to fuse her love of both the arts and sciences and to help teach and inspire others to discover the world of birds. After graduating in 2014, she founded her own company, “Drawing 10,000 Birds” as both a platform to promote her own art as well as the bird art of others. Since then, she has traveled across the country and across the Equator looking for birds. While not birding or painting birds, Christina works as an environmental educator, helping teach people of all ages how to experience the natural world through both scientific observation and through art.

 

Her work has been exhibited in recent wildlife exhibitions, including “Drawn to Nature” at the Audubon Center at Mill Grove, Pennsylvania; “Birdland and the Anthropocene” at the Peale Museum, Baltimore; and at a solo show entitled “The Universal Language of Birds” at the Ucross Foundation Art Gallery, Wyoming. Her artwork has represented the New Jersey Audubon World Series of Birding and the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival. She has been a featured artist at the American Birding Association, and will be the first guest artist at the New River Birding and Nature Festival this May.

 



Second Place

Trudy L Waterman

"Lily II MIV"

Color Digital Photography , 24" x 32"

Sale Price $550

Artist Statement

As a lifelong admirer of Georgia O’Keeffe’s work, I have utilized some of her approaches in my photography. I was not necessarily a floral photographer until I started photographing them with a macro lens. It was at this point that I fully understood Ms. O’Keeffe’s philosophy, “I have painted them big enough so others would see what I see.” Although all of my images are not shot with macro, I began to strive to make them large. Photography gives me the advantage of minute detail in their structure that I find fascinating. My goal is to couple the sensuality of this structure with an appealing, but bold aesthetic.



Third Place

Emily Weber

"Home Sweet Home"

Barbed wire and branch , 19" x 17" x 6"

Sale Price $NFS

Artist’s Statement

Emily Weber’s conceptual focus has changed over the years.  Her past work focused on immigration and the idea of home.  Her current focus is on the human impact on our natural environment.  She questions mankind’s current path and seeks to show the destruction that is created by our choices.  She also believes her pieces will show the resourcefulness animals have in a human environment, and how our intrusiveness doesn’t stop natural instinct.

She also sees the natural beauty the world has to offer.  The world is not just chaos and devastation but peace and splendor.  She captures the small, unseen moments that deserve an audience.  Her media is in painting, photography, and sculpture, but her main focus is working with metal and barbed wire.  She is currently working on a new series called “Blooming Bondage.”

Biography

Emily Weber is a Chicago based artist with an interdisciplinary background in two dimensional and three dimensional media.  She is a graduate student of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a degree in Fine Arts.  She has worked as a studio assistant to prominent Chicago painter Margot Bergman.  Working with Mrs. Bergman gave Emily a strong studio foundation that she now uses in her own practice.  She is currently a full time conceptual artist.  She is working on expanding her diverse portfolio which includes drawings, paintings, ceramics, fibers, photography, sculpture, and metalwork.  Her work has been displayed in Chicago and the surrounding areas.  In 2018, she was accepted into two shows where she has won an honorable mention for her sculpture, “Home Sweet Home” and a finalist for a recent painting, “Untitled.”  She is currently working on a new sculpture series called “ Blooming Bondage.”  When she’s not working in her studio you can find her traveling with her long time boyfriend Brian or relaxing with their cat Bear.



Fourth Place

Hsuan Chang

"Snail bracelets"

copper, brass and resin , 3" x 3.5" x 1.5"

Sale Price $NFS

Artist Statement

I have always liked how jewelry can be represented on the body, but I have always felt that I can influence the perception of how people look at jewelry on the human form. Recently, I have been influenced by the style of Baroque art. I use baroque styling to convey my feminine ideas and emotions throughout my art. Some of the design elements of the Baroque period had a delicacy and richness that allow me to present my strong feminine feelings. Yet, another aspect of my art can be personally drawn to the abstract representation of flora and fauna due to myself growing up in an environment near the mountains. These inspirations that I choose to show, allow me as an artist to represent my inner most thoughts. This personal insight continues to motivate me to keep pushing the idea of how jewelry can be represented on the body.

 

Biography

Hsuan Chang (Eva) is a professional metal arts jewelry designer who was born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1993. In 2013, she decided to leave her country to expand her creativity by immersing herself in Western culture. She started by going to the New Westminster Secondary School in British Columbia, Canada. After that, she earned a Graduate Gemologist Certificate from Gemologist Institute of America, Carlsbad, CA. Finally she received her BFA from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA in 2018. While she was there, she was selected three times to participate in the annual juried spring show.

 



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