Ellen O. Nelson: I use my art to help me become more attuned to my body, to facilitate listening to it and hearing its’ voice. My parameters are: to use materials found in nature or those that have been recycled. Using only these materials has helped me to facilitate the process of reconnecting with my body. My true comfort resides in Mother Nature. This comfort, combined with the use of natural and up-cycled materials, creates a continuum for me to hone the connection between mind and body.
Diane Richards: I am intensely attuned to the patterns in nature. In the land, I see form and energy. In my work, I try to capture these patterns, which I see as profoundly moving. I have developed a way of working that speaks to these patterns and the process is unique since the elements of nature, are creating the work. I am a land artist. The process is site-specific: silk is laid onto the land while powder dye is introduced to create a monoprint from the land. With time and a bit of patience, I watch and wait for the right moment to introduce the dye to the silk. The results combine nature’s elements: sun, water, wind, and earth. Nature has created the design, and I am taking the imprint. Once the print is made, the silk is displayed to move freely, so that the viewer can feel the energy of the work. For a moment, I wish to harness that energy— and then share it. This work is created with the same gentleness of spirit and kindness that nature gives to all of us when we slow down, sense, listen and watch. There is a sense of tranquility and impermanence as one interacts with the work. The shapes and materials used are minimal—They create both a balanced complexity and a calming effect.
Libby Cerullo: Over several winters I photographed dormant trees - sometimes lying in the snow to get the right angle. The trees invited me on a journey beyond the subject/object relationship, beyond anthropomorphic self-portraits. They became companions gesturing expressively to conjure metaphor, mythology, and female archetypes. The trees’ clothing is transparent allowing us access to explore the complexity of how different external and internal states co-exist. Me in my down coat and they in their flowering clothes celebrate, mourn, and question identity, relationships, and culture.