The opening reception will be Friday, January 7 from 6:00 to 10:00 pm, after which you can make an appointment to view the work by contacting Paula Rose at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My work has greatly been about visual growth and movement through organic designs, structures and patterns. My inspiration comes from research and interest in rhizomes, vegetative reproduction and cellular illustrations. The notion of a rhizome is a difficult one to imagine. The structure of a rhizome is dynamic, constantly changing, such that if a portion of the rhizome is broken off at any point, it is still left with the potential for growth. Although printmaking techniques were used to create much of the work, the idea of experiencing something truly unique is very important to the appreciation. Each piece is created based upon a “cause and effect” type of system to form compositional movement and evolution in design, not only within each piece, but also from piece to piece. Creating a vibration or push and pull within the drawing is often the goal. In my system, there is often tension before transition while devising a composition. The works are intuitive, experimental, and fun.
Estrella Payton is an artist based out of Kansas City, Missouri. Being born in Puerto Rico, but raised in Kansas City offered her a unique cultural and artistic background. She earned her BFA in printmaking at the Kansas City Art Institute and is currently a resident artist at the Arts Incubator. Her work often involves several layers of traditional printmaking techniques, such as relief and silkscreen printing, plus hand-drawn elements. Estrella loves being an artist in Kansas City because of the supportive, creative community and great places like the Arts Incubator and INKubator Press that provide artists with facilities to experiment without huge a expense.