Winter 2016: Artwork
This season, the art submissions for VoiceCatcher teemed with life. Imagery of flora and fauna, much inspired by our own lush Northwest, spilled in. I saw these works as befitting mascots of a Portland winter: green and animate.
Annamieka Hopps Davidson brings her own sense of wonder into painted depictions of our region's already wondrous vegetation. She creates paintings in layers, nurturing her imagery and allowing it to grow like the plant life that is so often her muse.
Take a closer look at the collage work by Alison Foshee: The seductive tendrils and sprightly leaves of her trademark plant forms are created entirely by staples. The miniature manmade metal bars become supple, organic shapes, their tight grip on the paper challenging that of even Portland's tenacious kudzu ivy.
Tamar Hammer's vibrant painted tableaus illustrate people interacting with the natural world, seeming to find joy and magic on ocean shores and in manicured parks alike. Her scenes, and the descriptions she gives to accompany, provide joy and magic right on back to the viewer.
Our feature artist, printmaker Clare Carpenter, makes her work under the playful and animalistic moniker Tiger Food Press. Her subject matter lately, however, has been birds, beasts, and plants native to Oregon. It's easy to see how the earth inspires Clare, as it does all of our artists this season. Here's hoping you are able find wonder in the outdoors as well, whether the sky is filled with rain or rainbows.
Featured Art by Clare Carpenter
Whether sketching scenic vistas during road trips, getting to know the individual voices of the crow family that shares her property, or researching native Oregon species, feature artist (and native Oregonian herself) Clare Carpenter pays attention to the natural world around her. Clare’s curiosity and respect towards this world and a love of the printed image combine in the hand-carved linoleum block prints that grace this season's journal.
Clare received a BFA in Book Arts (a degree with a focus on bookbinding and printmaking) from Portland's Oregon College of Art and Craft, the beloved art school in the West Hills. Several years after graduation, Clare returned to OCAC where she worked as studio manager for the Book Arts department from 2010 to 2013. While helping students and instructors, Clare continued to work on her own craft: creating books, journals, broadsides, calendars, and many more forms of bound, printed matter.
Clare has been "combining word and image" under the name Tiger Food Press since 1999. As of 2013, the creative and commissioned work made under it has been her full time career. Check out tigerfoodpress.com to see a full range of Clare's art, products, and inspiration.
Enjoy a sampling of Clare Carpenter's work in VoiceCatcher's Featured Artist Gallery:
Celebrating nature, home and the cycles of life – twenty poets light the winter night.
Six stories use magic to explore loss, grief and healing.
With imagery of flora and fauna, four artists animate the winter landscape.
Five young women dig deep to each speak their individual truth .
From emerging to established writers – meet the women behind our eighth issue’s voices and visions.
LETTER FROM THE MANAGING EDITOR
Northwest Equinox by Kris Demien
Gradations of Gray by Wendy Thompson
With Gladness by Sara Graves
Home by Leora Marialicia González
For a Grade School Classmate by Joan Maiers
Canning Factory Road by Elizabeth Stoessl
To Make a Prairie by Carolyn Martin
At Home by Suzy Harris
Family Disagreement by Tricia Knoll
The Bullfrogs by Katherine Boyer
Cows by Rebecca Jamieson
Lesson by Stacey Vallas
Stardust by Erin Iwata
Perspective by Carolyn Martin
Lacrosse Season by Elizabeth Harlan-Ferlo
The Tangled Path by Suzanne LaGrande
Matched Set by Tanya Jarvik
False Bus Stop by Elizabeth Harlan-Ferlo
Last Visit by Erin Iwata
October Walk with My Mother by Ann Sinclair
First Rothko Exercise by Elizabeth McLagan
Fractions by Susan Blackaby
Tea by Melineh Yemenidjian
Return by Stacey Vallas
Scarab Man by Cynthia McGean
Planetary Influences by Alida Thacher
Bone of the Past by Burky Achilles
Teachings: A Buddhist Ghost Story by Ann Sihler
Wrangler by Desiree Wright
A Nicaraguan Spring by Pamela Russell Bejerano
Into the Wonder by Annamieka Hopps Davidson
Deep Blue Meditation by Annamieka Hopps Davidson
Weave Me Into the Sea by Annamieka Hopps Davidson
Crassula 2 by Alison Foshee
Crassula 5 by Alison Foshee
Crassula 6 by Alison Foshee
Warm Autumn by Tamar Hammer
Girl with Conch by Tamar Hammer
With Her Dog by Tamar Hammer
Love Beyond Loss by Isabel Lickey
Submerged by Raimy Khalife Hamdan
Which Way? by Alli Rodenbaugh
To Autumn by Sara Barkouli
The Storm by Elie Doubleday