Jessica Adamson (Independent Study/Ceramics) I received my BFA from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 2004. My work concentrates on form and function. I approach the teapot like a puzzle, and I like to explore how various parts can be put together to create unity in one piece. My forms have a simple elegance and character. I like that by simply adding a handle or knob, I can change the pot’s attitude and tone.
Linda Hager Bailey (Textiles), is a second year Artist in Residence and a weaver. She loves exploring the interplay of light, color, texture and feel in fibers. Her appreciation of the beauty and utility of traditional handcrafts began while she was growing up on the farm that had been in her family for over 150 years. Linda nourished that appreciation, particularly for heirloom textiles, through study, travel and work for museums. In addition to other degrees, she has a Certificate in Textiles and Weaving from Mendocino College.
Robin Fitzpatrick Borgers (Fine Arts) paints and draws, and sculpts with fabric. She uses her chosen mediums to make books, installations, altars, and dolls. Her work explores myths, fairy tales, and the instincts of humans and animals. She received her B.A. in Art from the University of Texas and continued her study of design and illustration at Parsons School of Design. She hopes to visit Iceland some day soon as she's discovered amazing stories from that land.
Emily Coleman's (Ceramics) current ceramic work is comprised of both hand built and thrown forms. She uses a low-fire red earthenware clay body and a variety of cone 04 matte, satin, glossy, and shiny glazes to activate the surfaces. Emily finds that clay is the most sensual and intriguing material in which to work. It is irresistible to touch in any form or state, and she has loved clay from first touch. The endless exploration which the medium presents only strengthens her fondness for the material.
Eva M. Connell (Sculpture) is from San Diego and joined the MAC sculpture department last year. She designs and creates figurative bronze sculptures. Eva's artistic career began in ceramics but with a little encouragement from her daughter, Natalie Tyler (also an AIR in bronze sculpting), she moved to wax sculpting and bronze. She studied foundry at Palomar College in San Marcos previous to coming to Mendocino. Besides bronze, Eva has been doing blacksmithing and metal work. She has made cutlery and a paring knife from Damascus steel.
Deborah Eddy (Fine Art) All of my paintings are done on location in chalk pastel and are composites of my observations during the days spent at each site. I intend to cause the viewer to feel present at these places to cause a heightened awareness of the landscape and the sky that surrounds us.
Darrin Ekern (Ceramics) My sculpture is about the relationship of people and machines within our environment. My father was an auto mechanic, which sparked my interest in the tools and gadgets that shape our lives. We often gage each other’s worth by the mechanized toys we possess. Who’s got the newest car, fastest computer or high tech cell phone? My most recent work explores war machines. For all our leaps and bounds in technology, we really haven’t evolved much. We’re still clubbing each other over the head to get the resources we need to run our toys. Mixing ceramics with elements of electronics engages the viewer to question the purpose and meaning of my sculpture. The work becomes more than a static object by stimulating other senses and emotions. Buttons, switches and motion detectors lead to sounds, light and moving parts. I'm interested in pushing the limits of contemporary ceramics, and taking my sculpture in new unexplored directions.
Carmen Fraser (Textiles) likes clothing and likes interesting fabric. As such, her work in fiber often evolves into a garment for the body. What makes this process exciting is that the final design is shaped less by the “original” concept than by the unforeseen twists in the weaving process and the unintended, raw aspects of the cloth. Landing in Mendocino after many years in the San Francisco Bay Area, Carmen is a third year Artist in Residence.
Lyla Goldstein (Independent Study – Ceramics) received a BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2007. Lyla’s excitement for clay as a material lies in its ability to layer and transform meaning through process. She works in the narrative of memory. Lyla is currently investigating various printing techniques on the ceramic surface.
Gregg Jabs (Ceramics) received his MFA from San Diego State University, and a BS at California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo. My work is an exploration of our individual and collective identities associated with our cultural upbringing. I enjoy investigating the role that society plays in shaping our beliefs and behavior, and thus our concept of self. I believe that both the physical and mental aspects involved with the creating and building processes are not only a search for self-discovery, but also a liberation from one’s self. In a sense, it's an archaeological dig, a process of exploration, discovery, deconstruction, and reconstruction.
Pamela Kahlo's (Jewelry) work is based on a passion for metal. Moving metal, forming curves, creating texture! She finds her work is inspired by nature. She works in Sterling Silver and alloys her own 22K Gold. Her initial fabrication workshops were at Mendocino Art Center. She has studied at the prestigious Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts and the Gemological Institute of America (G.I.A). She resides in Mendocino and continues to take workshops at the Art Center.
Maya Kini (Jewelry) Poetry is precision. It is the form of language I would most like my visual work to resemble. A poem consisting of multiple phrases made simple by carving away the non-essential words. A massive generation of objects reduced hundreds of times to get at the roots. The basic subjects: love, death, mourning. The basic objects: tables, spoons, wheelbarrows, plums. The every day, capable of extending itself into the poetic by way of metaphor and placement. Objects that are the ubiquitous plumbing of our daily landscape but, when examined closely, contain an entire world.
Sarah Logan (Ceramics) grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She received her BFA in ceramics from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She is a second year resident artist in the ceramics department. Sarah uses spliced geological imagery to create intimate sculptural vessels. Her work becomes a visual record of her life. To see more of Sarah's work: www.sarahloganceramics.com
Sam Lozen (Digital Arts/Photography) is from the Chesapeake Bay area of Maryland's eastern shore. This is her second year as an artist in residence at MAC. A studio/location photographer/owner of Prints Charming Photography for 22 years, Sam is here to study watercolor and ceramics while capturing even more beautiful images with her camera of Mendocino's breathtaking coastline. The accompanying image of the sun setting over the Chesapeake Bay was taken last winter. Visit her website at www.printscharmingphoto1.com
Dina O'Sullivan (Textiles) is originally from New Orleans. She has lived in Florida, Mississippi and Minnesota, as well as Irael. She works with fabrics and creates fabric collages that are printed, batiked, quilted and sewn. She also makes original dolls from fabric and found objects. Some of her work uses clay pieces which she constructs for embellishments. Dina taught high school art in Gulfport, MS, before becoming the museum educator at the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi, MS, until the storm. Katrina destroyed the museum and she moved to Minnesota. Some of her work deals with loss, recovery and survival from traumatic incidences in life. She also works with themes of biblical icons and mythical stories.
Paula Payne (Fine Arts) lives in Alaska, and studied art at Cooper Union in NYC and University of Montana. These paintings fall into several series: Birds and Rothko, Peace Vultures, Hep Cats, and I Am the Strongest Woman You Know. I love abstract expressionist art, and pay homage to those artists in my backgrounds. I only paint wild animals and 5% of sales are donated to World Wildlife Fund. I’m fascinated with Buddhist philosophy and the belief that all creatures are interdependent and affect us equally. I want the animals to possess the dignity and character one associates with human portraiture (A family that owns a large bird painting affectionately nicknamed it Uncle Warbly!) I want these animals to be bright, compelling, strong, charismatic, humorous, and part of your family. Visit my website at www.paulapayneart.com
Stan Peterson (Sculpture) is a returning AIR. His work is small and portable permitting him to move back and forth, carving and painting in the MAC Studios. The wood sculpture is narrative and often focuses on animal and bird life as it crosses into the human world. Expect to see a few winged wood dogs waiting to fly in March 2008. Stan likes his off leash daily walks on the Headlands. He currently exhibits in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Portland, Oregon, and San Francisco.
Cynthia Rohrer (Jewelry) is a studio jeweler from San Francisco, CA, where she is also a garden and landscape designer. She works primarily in sterling and gold, at times with the addition of steel or alternative materials. Her strong sense of design and a graphic aesthetic are employed in the exploration of silhouettes, pattern, and form.
Kathy Rousso (Textiles) is a third year artist in residence visiting from Ketchikan, AK. She has a BA from the University of Washington and an MFA in Textile Arts and Costume Design from the University of California, Davis. In 2001 she was awarded a Fulbright grant to study maguey textiles in Guatemala. Her current work combines traditional natural materials and techniques of Southeast Alaskan basketry and Guatemalan net bags together into organic forms found in coastal environments.
Jessica Rae Thompson (Ceramics) is a second-year resident. She has been living and working in Mendocino County for seven years, beginning with a four-year apprenticeship with the Hoyman-Browe Studio Earthenware Pottery in Ukiah. She has a BFA from Penn State University and has worked at the Oregon College of Art and Craft, Anderson Ranch Art Center, and California State University in Sacramento. She is currently throwing and sculpting for permanent outdoor installations which will create sacred spaces in our everyday surroundings. Her themes are playful, allegorical, erotic, and beyond real – humans and animals cavorting in the rolling hills, merging with each other and their natural surroundings, in a tempestuous, timeless, intimate ocean of activity.
Tara Turner (Metalsmithing) is from Allamuchy, NJ. She began her study in metalsmithing at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. Inspired by bead forms and exotic plant life, Tara creates her own unique shapes by hammering, soldering, punching, and sawing the metal. Her hands play an important role in shaping the metal and she enjoys this physical interaction with the work. In her third year at MAC, Tara continues to learn new jewelry techniques and incorporates wool as an alternative material.