The geometry and structure of Murata’s work is an artifact from her training and practice as a product and architectural designer. She channels this history into her painting practice by exploring lines, bands and grids as well as using materials normally associated with building construction and domestic housewares. The linear repetition and quiet color palette are a meditation on the restoration and repair she seeks for our suffering world. The square formats honor stability and order in our modern world of chaos and disruption. Often, she documents time and place by using materials gathered from the properties around where Murata is working. Her goal is to capture the essence of a place and to foster a visual contemplation on nature and our relationship to it.
Currently, she lives and works in Santa Fe, NM. She uses New Mexico micaceous clay slip, pencil, paint, natural pigments (such as walnut ink, India ink, homemade paprika and turmeric ink), dirt and watercolor on undyed linen canvas and wood panels.
Patience Pollock is a interdisciplinary artist from New York who combines image making techniques from photography and sewing to create abstract portraits and landscapes..
Justin Skillstad earned his BA in fine arts & arts administration with an emphasis in sculpture and printmaking at Humboldt State University and has taught at multiple institutions and universities across the U.S. He Currently resides in Santa Fe where he works with various non-profits in shaping the city's arts communities while also continuing his own art practice in glass, bronze, silver, earth and most importantly cardboard. His work focuses on the internalized human narrative and its relation to our perceptions of space and time.
Mi’Jan celie tho-biaz
Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz, Ed.D., is an oral historian and documentarian who works with communities across the themes of sovereignty, transformation, healing and equity to honor their past, make meaning of their present, and vision loving and liberated futures.
A 2019 - 2020 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow, and Santa Fe New Mexican 2017 “10 Who Made a Difference,” Mi’Jan Celie designed and led the Steinem Initiative's public policy digital storytelling pilot at Smith College, was a Visiting Scholar at the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics at Columbia University, and recently keynoted at Stanford University’s “Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and the Arts” conference, as well as the Create Justice Forum at Carnegie Hall.
A child of the personal computer era, John Vokoun has been fascinated with the computer as an art medium since he attended programming camp at age 9. From his first green and black CRT drawings on an Apple II to his present-day interaction with a variety of computerized machines, the computer’s influence on his work is only matched by the color field paintings of Albers, Itten, Kelly, and Rothko. With computer data and geometry, he seeks to channel the chaos of the Information Age into simple forms. Vokoun resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His work has shown at David Richard Gallery, William Siegal Gallery, and he recently exhibited at the New Mexico Museum of Art.
RJ Ward’s video works employ cinematic tropes as their raw working material, which are then transposed into various forms of real-time digital abstraction. Often alluding to lost horizons, targets and vortexes, Ward's images appear to be in dialogue with painting and the moving image in equal measure. Stretched and contorted, his vibrant palettes issue from slowly twisting and voided referents while his compositional choices make a direct allusion to the distortion of space and time. High key colors emerge in a seemingly spontaneously manner from iconic film sequences, often giving us the feeling of images run at half speed. Playing with the erasure of many itinerant plot points, Ward's interventions harken back to experimental work done in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s which relied on manipulating celluloid images frame by frame. Only Ward has updated this approach to match the processes of the digital age, making his remediated montages a self-referential play of memes that have trafficked in the world of fine art and avant-garde cinema over the course of the last century.
Ward’s single channel and installation works have been exhibited at the Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, Laguna Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Torrance Art Museum. He has taught media art at UC Irvine, UC San Diego and Foothill College.
Jessi t. walsh
Jessi T Walsh is an interdisciplinary artist and educator who works in botanical, live/sensory, and image-based artforms. For 20 years, she has brought arts integration practices to K-12, college, and adult students in the urban wilds of Chicago, Austin, Brooklyn, Albuquerque, and Santa Fe. She has exhibited, performed, and has been an artist-in-residence around the US and in London, Berlin, and México. Her work researches connection, tension, and thresholds of horror and tenderness between human, plant, animal, and earthen realms.
The daughter of a painter and a potter raised in a coastal town in Florida, she spent much of her time in the Gulf of México learning from the marine domain. She is currently living in the prehistoric ocean of Santa Fe.
TODD RYAN WHITE
Todd Ryan White is a product of subcultural collusion: contemporary art born of youthful, useless interests like skateboarding and heavy metal. Marginalized and stupid ideas are given introspective and illustrative forms. Todd was in Orange, California in 1984 and has been a recovering Californian ever since. Graduated from Tufts University and The Museum School of Fine Arts Boston in 2008. Show highlights include the Torrance Museum of Art, The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, The Museum of Fine Arts Boston and The Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Fe. Forthcoming solo show, Rainbow Eater opens November 29th at Form and Concept in Santa Fe, NM.
Robert Wilder is the author of two critically acclaimed books of essays: Tales From The Teachers' Lounge and Daddy Needs a Drink. His debut novel, NICKEL, was called “A humorous, poignant, and formidable debut” by Booklist (starred review).
He has published essays in Newsweek, Details, Salon, Parenting, Creative Nonfiction, Working Mother and numerous anthologies. He has been a commentator for NPR's Morning Edition, The Madeleine Brand Show, On Point and other national and regional radio programs. Wilder's column, Daddy Needs A Drink, was printed monthly in the Santa Fe Reporter for close to a decade.
An award-winning teacher for over twenty-five years, Wilder has co-taught workshops with Natalie Goldberg and was awarded the inaugural Innovations in Reading Prize by the National Book Foundation. Wilder lives and teaches in Santa Fe, New Mexico.