Betsy Stout is a simple trash person from the subrural cornfields outside of Indianapolis. She is currently living in Chicago where she puts fake frosting on takeout cups and eats donuts with her dog, her bakery coworkers, or by herself. She makes pictures, things, and cakes with pastel colors and hyper-effeminate imagery to challenge the status of ‘girly’ aesthetics, using languages of fluff and delicacy to address more complex meanings.
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.
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?
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).
Project Statement:For my time in Spudnik press I would like to focus on creating a screen-printed artist book project. Much of my comics work revolves around small town life, characters in communities and their interactions with each other. I want to create a set of materials of various structures and sizes that feed into a central narrative of a small town amidst an unnamed tragedy. I have begun this project as part of an independent study with Chicago artist Paul Nudd, who has been mentoring me through the visual side as well as the overall themes in the narrative. By the end of the project I plan on having an edition of 50 to 100 sets of this collection. My influences for this project are Chris Ware’s Building Stories, Nick Drnaso’s Beverly, and the use of print in Lilli Carre’s various artist books.
Matthew Owen Wead is an interdisciplinary artist and a native of Chicago, IL. He received a BFA from Morehouse College (2006) and an MFA from University of Maryland (2009) with a focus on printmaking and mixed media. His prints can be found in collections and museums throughout the United States. He often incorporates multiple media in his work that focuses on identity and the hierarchy of power.
Classes by this Artist:Community Workshop: The Exquisite Risographic Flip Book!
Robert Kelsey is a new graduate of DePaul University, where he studied animation and game design. He has written and illustrated many comics and zines, and has been a guest at several zine festivals around the midwest. His work combines the macabre or uncanny with the approachability that often comes with the cartoon medium.
Classes by this Artist:Community Workshop: The Exquisite Risographic Flip Book!
Rebecca Lothan (b. 1992, Chicago) is a visual artist based in Chicago. She received her BFA from Washington University in St Louis in 2015, and is the recipient of the 2015 Peter Marcus Prize in Printmaking and the 2013 Marsha Blasingame Award in Printmaking.
Driven by a collage sensibility, Rebecca uses everyday and found materials to examine the spaces between and around traditional media.