Alice Sutro works in her head and creates the projects that fall out of her head wherever they demand to be created. Often it'll be drawing in front of something inspiring for the "wow" moment of conception, then edifying a structure around those drawings in a workshop. All this in & around Healdsburg and at her family ranch: Warnecke Ranch. For the CSA special, Alice will re-issue in limited edition a small but punchy sculpture from her youth that attempts to turn on its head the phallo-centrism of art history. For this reason she elected March, International Women's Month, as her inspiration. Alice's small sculpture represents the dissemination of contemporary and challenging ideas--coming unexpectedly from the countryside--that the collective highlights through their artist group and CSA program.
Caitlin will be investigating iridescence and apparition--always better to be conjured in the dark which is why her photograph will arrive in November. It will be part of her series "At Home", which is all about the creatures she watches and who watch her, living in the walls, under, and on top of, her house in Dry Creek Valley.
Multi-media artist Jessica Martin works out of her warehouse space in the wine country town of Healdsburg, CA. For the 428CSA project, Jessica will create an edition of two-dimensional pieces inspired by the shift into spring. This time of the season speaks to Jessica's larger body of current work, which explores the subject of risk, that moment of new growth when we step into the light of realized dreams.
Martin received an MA at California College the Arts and a BA in Anthropology from Vassar College. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, with Bay Area shows at Southern Exposure, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Traywick Contemporary, Pro Arts, The Lab, the diRosa Preserve, New Langton Arts, and Headlands Center for the Arts.
Cristina Hobbs is a painter living in Sebastopol, CA. She was born in 1984 in Hanover, Germany. After studying in Germany and Argentina her path led to California. In 2011, she graduated from California College of the Arts in San Francisco with a B.A. in Painting. Hobbs divides her time between the wine regions of Northern California and Argentina. When she is not in her studio in Healdsburg, you can find her in her studio in Mendoza, Argentina.
Mark making is central in Hobbs’ work where each brush stroke brings about a reaction and leads to the next step. Although she derives her motifs and color palette from every day encounters and personal events, most paintings avoid narrative. Her paintings work at the edge between abstraction and figuration. In the end, they are observations of the everyday that at times go un-noticed; a celebration of the little things you see that stay in the back of your mind. You can await her contribution to the 428CSA during the month of June!
Pat Lenz uses different media to explore social and political issues and finds inspiration working in a converted slaughterhouse in Healdsburg. She does not confine her work to a single genre. Video, photography, & sculpture have all figured in her recent installations. She has been studying the human hand and the future of “hand-made” for this project.
From her studio on a small vineyard Flora will be creating works that evoke the burgeoning month of May.
Flora Skivington uses moving image to evoke the unique sense of a particular place, captured from the point of view of a particular individual's relationship with that place. An award winning artist and filmmaker she received her PHD in Film (by practice) at Oxford University and her Masters Fine Art in Film from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her work has been shown in film theatres and art galleries in the UK, Europe and the United States. Her previous works have won awards in the category of cinematography, script and overall best film.
The aesthetic principles of her work – wild or rural nature viewed from a separate, detached location – explore the often uncomfortable relationship between that very nature and the artificial world of human experience. Landscapes are beautiful and familiar to the observer. Animals are seen as fascinating objects, something to appreciate visually. Yet either through indifference or fear, there is often a distance between the observer and the observed.
As a Sonoma County resident for many years, she is interested in pursuing the idea of the “rural idyll” as ever-growing viticulture and suburban sprawl compete for space with the natural environment.
From her studio in the woods, Victoria will be creating works that reflect the internal contemplative and external visual nature of Fall.
The collection that she has put together for the 428csa gouache, inks and oil on printmaking paper hint at waning light, dying foliage and somber emotions. She chose to evoke Fall in her works as a nod and homage to the Impressionists of Southern France, whose works embrace the multiplicity of light and without which we would not have had a directed path toward the color theory of the Bauhaus and Minimalism. Subscribers will see her work in September, 2014.
Sonoma County native woods of oak, redwood, madrone and fir are the raw material Carol utilizes in her furniture designs. As an environmentalist she prefers to use reclaimed and sustainably harvested wood in her simple, elegant wood furniture. She believes all wood is beautiful, scale is everything and all sides are equal. Her studio is at Studio 428 in Healdsburg. You can look forward to receiving a sculptural wood object in February, 2014.
Susan Preston, creating in her refurbished bootlegger's workshop,
expresses the cathartic and the chthonic of July's vibrations on the farm. She works with inks and earthmatter on paper.
The investigation is aesthetic and conceptual. The most successful projects create beauty out of color and form and at the same time open new space for thought and imagination. They help me and my audience re-imagine ways of being in the world, shift perspective, look closer, notice. I expand possibilities through the rigorous application of creativity. My work is curiosity-driven, a habit that I started as a girl, the daughter of adventure travel guides. My curiosity often brings me to the margins of familiar things, the places in-between traditional and modern, wild and tame, science and art.
Projects have been shown at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Jose Museum of Art, the Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery, Oakopolis and internationally as part of the London Biennale and at COMEXUS, Casa Hilvana, and Teatro Felipe Carillo Puerto.