Jess Cadwell

Jess Cadwell is a current fellow at Spudnik Press who works in both print and illustration. She received her BFA degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015, and continues to develop her work via thoughts on faux luxury, wishing she could live at the spa, or alternatively how to spatially reconcile a very large swimming pool in a typical Chicago apartment.

Website:

jessicacadwell.com/

Mary Climes

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).

Website:

www.maryclimes.com/

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.

Classes by this Artist:

Community Workshop: Paste Papers (Plus Accordion Books!)

Jazmin Dua

Jazmin Dua b. 1991 a multidisciplinary artist focusing on photography and printmaking.  Her art is a form of visual storytelling, interested in conveying moments of surveillance, life, and interactions. She devises rituals within her work creating photographs and prints of everyday experiences. 

Website:

jazmindua.com/

Yewon Kwon

Yewon Kwon is a Chicago printer, publisher, and sculptor. She is also a recent graduate from SAIC, is part of the artist collective T.H.C, and edits and curated the Pallor Pink series. She also runs an instagram of dog paraphernalia and dreams of wrestling

Website:

litlslaywon.com/

Grace Makuch

Grace Makuch is a printmaker and illustrator from Chicago who is interested in the intersection of art and comedy. She recently graduated (magna cum laude, baby!!) from Columbia College Chicago with her BA in Fine Art. Under the moniker ‘Polenta_Girl’ she creates illustrations that often reflect themes of humor and performative sadness. Her work has been described as “devastating,” “vaguely relatable,” and “I don’t know, Grace, can you stop asking me questions about your work to quote in artist biographies?” She is very excited to spend more time at Spudnik Press this year, and learn how to use the riso machine.

Website:

www.gracemakuch.com

Carolina Martinez

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.

Website:

carolinamartinez.work/

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:

Community Workshop: Paste Papers (Plus Accordion Books!)

Yasaman Moussavi

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 .

Services Offered:

  • Printmaking commissions
  • Exhibition opportunities
  • Illustration

Website:

yasamanmoussavi.wordpress.com/

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:

Community Workshop: Handmade Paper: Adventures with Pulp, Embedding, and Laminating