Betsy Stout is a perfectly efficient donut-consuming machine from rural Indiana who inevitably gravitated to the nearest confection hub: Chicago. When not working as a freelance graphic designer to generate the resources required to slake her pastry lust, she cooks up prints, drawings, sculptures, and cakes. Stout works primarily in silkscreen and frosting, employing pastel colors and hyper-effeminate imagery to challenge the status of ‘girly’ aesthetics. She claims to leave a trail of fluff and crumbs to lure viewers into addressing meatier concepts, but really just forgot a napkin.
- Graphic Design
- Printmaking Commissions
- Exhibition Opportunities
Project Statement:I'd like to continue a project that has been in progress since late 2014, a series of large scale combination drawing/silkscreen works featuring self-identified effeminate males in the American Midwest. This project was launched with help from the Southern Graphics Council Undergraduate Fellowship in 2014, and so far I have been able to create and exhibit 4 portraits. Two more are in progress since the exhibition in April 2016. The current portraits and those in progress are slated to be exhibited at Butler University in the Spring 2017 semester. The current works incorporate screen print, drawing, and sculptural acrylic ‘frosting’ to explore the physicality, fashion, sexualities, and performative expressions of these individuals who have found a way to express their alternative gender identities with pride in the fairly restrictive social environment of the midwest. This project currently focuses on individuals who identify as masculine-of-center, but who feel some pull towards femininity. So far this has included cissexual men, transmasculine and nonbinary individuals, and women who have identified primarily with a masculine presence. I work with pastel colors and hyper-effeminate imagery to challenge the status of ‘girly’ aesthetics in the hierarchy of taste, using languages of fluff and delicacy to address more complex meanings. The portraits celebrate bravery in identity but also frivolity, hinting at a post-queer world where gender identity is an aesthetic choice and no longer a political action.
Yasaman Moussavi Born in Tehran’ Iran. Yasaman is a current fellow artist at spudnik press. She holds an MFA degree with two emphasis in Painting and Print making From Texas Tech University. She also has a Master Degree in “Art Studies” from Tehran University in Iran. Moussavi received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting with honors for her final art project and thesis from the Tehran, Iran.
Artist Statement: Time acquires its meaning as life begins to act, to cease, to wait, and to rest and then to begin again. I find it amusing that this unceasing cycle often translates past stories into our personal experiences and vice versa. I seek to develop a dialogue between the medium of print, Persian mystic literature, and my personal experiences .
- Printmaking commissions
- Exhibition opportunities
Project Statement:My proposed project “The Frame of Mind” aims to explore print as a medium of anachronistic narration. I seek to develop a dialogue between the medium of print, Persian mystic literature, and my personal experiences regarding the notion of time. In my past installation “Shadow Facing the Light” (2015), I produced monotype prints on large pieces of fabric that hung throughout the exhibition space, to create an encompassing space in which time was experienced via movement through the maze of large prints. In "The Frame of Mind," however, I plan to make an installation of a series of small-scale prints using intaglio, screen printing, and photo transfer techniques on 7”x10” paper, and put them together as a united body of individual prints. With this installation, the prints again sculpt a space in which the narration emerges through the movements and interaction of the viewer. By layering, covering, and dislocating traditional elements of the story, I offer a visual palimpsest in which the future and the present are constructed in an ongoing negotiation, appropriation, and reinterpretation of the past. Unlike a simple correlation between text and visual elements in the story, I am looking for an alternative in which I explore an emotion which generated from collecting the elements of all time at once. Time acquires its meaning as life begins to act, to cease, to wait, and to rest and then to begin again. I find it amusing that this unceasing cycle often translates past stories into our personal experiences and vice versa.
Classes by this Artist:Handmade Paper: Adventures with Pulp, Embedding, and Laminating
Carolina Martinez is an artist and graphic designer who works mainly on print media, illustration and book arts. She has worked in commercial print graphic design alongside more personal artistic projects.
Working mainly on acrylic paintings, she creates illustrations and sketches about both private and universal references of miniature worlds that reflect her everyday, scratching and adding layers in order to give expression to her own perceptions of what is real and what is fantasy.
Carolina Martinez (born in 1983) is from Bogota, Colombia.
Project Statement:As a recent immigrant, I’ve been struggling to find a place that I can confidently call home. I moved to the United States over a year ago and have been deliberately processing my experience through the creative process. Over the last five months I’ve been exploring the idea of home through a series of acrylic paintings that use the metaphor of a soil sample as a way to illustrate a deeper understanding of the meaning of home. A soil sample is the term used in geology to describe a portion of the earth that is extracted and then studied to test the quality of the soil. I have created a series of illustrations of small universes that reflect places, cities and countries I have lived in. I want to translate all the visual language from the acrylic paintings into printed media, as a way to explore different colors, textures and narratives for that imagery, and collect them within a printed book that intends to answer the following questions: -What is home? -Where is home located? -What does home looks like? -Who do you share home with? -What is the difference between your past/present/future home?
Classes by this Artist:Paste Papers (Plus Accordion Books!)
Mary Climes is a recent graduate from the school of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work revolves around the humorous narratives of awkward lives, gross representations of middle school and her complicated love of Cathy comics. Her recently self published works include “We’re All Fine” (Spring 2016), and “Please Insert Anything” (Summer 2016).