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April First Friday

DECOMPOSITION
MARY TARTARO

I tend to work in whatever medium necessary to bring my visions to light. Over the years this has ranged from painting to ceramics to cast metal sculpture and other media. This recent series has emerged from reclaimed wood and other discarded, found materials from the city landfill. Each found sculptural element bears a history and character that has determined its place in each composition. Conceptually, this body of work reveals formative memories and imaginings from childhood perceptions of nature as a protector. This work reexamines our relationship with nature through repurposing the overabundance of trash that threatens its very existence.

 

JOAN BOGART

Her botanical and ocean prints carved from linoleum blocks are inspired by the motif of Indonesian Batik, an intricate hand designed textile made from wax resist printing. Outside of carving the relief blocks, pulling prints by hand is the most satisfying part of printing. Her curiosity in fabric batik design and technique is deconstructed by transferring the delicate shapes and organic lines from blocks of ink onto paper.

She received a BA in Art Practice from the University of California, Berkeley, then spent 11 years working in a large tech company. While she maintained illustration work on the side, Printmaking was re-introduced to her shortly after moving to Santa Cruz in 2016.  

Joan teaches workshops locally where she makes printmaking accessible to all. She practices her craft in her backyard art studio while raising three children with her husband in Santa Cruz, CA.

Read more about Joan at www.joanpbogart.com

Follow her on Instagram at @art_by_joanpbogart

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First Friday Artist Reception
Mary Tartaro at Stripe
Joan Bogart at Stripe MEN
Friday, April 5th
5–9pm

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