Kristina Hagman | Crashing Wave

Kristina Hagman

http://kristinahagman.com/prints/

In my early life I always painted. My parents let me paint huge murals on our walls and I did several murals for the community but did not think of it as a career. I went to San Francisco State University where I studied Dance, psychology and Science with a focused on the human body in movement. After three years in college I got a summer job as an actress in The Sound of Music. That lead to a few years exploring what life would be like as an actress. All the while I painted as a way to center myself and I had a few exhibitions of my paintings. By 24 I turned all of my attention to art making and moved to the art haven of Santa Fe New Mexico. It was there that my life as an artist was launched. My skills as a visual artist were honed with the help of that supportive art community. Working from my studio in Santa Fe I made paintings that were exhibited all over the US and Europe. In 1997 I moved to Seattle for 14 years. The landscape of the Pacific Nothrwest impressed called to me. Inspired by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai and his 36 views of Mount Fuji, I created 36 Views of Mount Rainier in the medium of Hokusai, wood block printing.

The loss of my father to Leukemia and my mother to Alzheimer’s fundamentally changed my artistic direction. I had previously always expressed my self  by making images I turned my focus to writing a book. I worked through my grief as I wrote about my creavtive, loving and artistic family.The process helped me understand how they had always supported me and my development as an artist. After the book launch in 2016 I moved to Alexandria, Virginia and became a member of Printmakers Inc at the Torpedo Factory. As fortune would have it that I have found another wonderful supportive artistic community that has embraced me as I return to print making.

Phumelele Tshabalala was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He studied Fine and Applied Arts at Tshwane University of Technology specializing in Printmaking and Painting. He moved to New York to complete his MFA in Visual Art at SUNY Purchase College. He is currently living and practicing in Los Angeles , California. He interdisciplinary artist, creating socio-reflective figurative work that is primarily concerned about the human condition in light of social injustice. He is influenced by a lineage of South African artists who use art as a weapon to combat the atrocities like apartheid. Post-Apartheid he is amongst contemporary South African artists producing works that re-construct, re-claim, re-fine and refer to a new collective cultural identity. He uses the body as a site of expression and resistance; in some works the black body is a signifier and marker, deeply rooted in historical narratives that are not easily embraced.  He is committed and dedicated to going beyond mere formal questions of making, but aims straight at the heart of who he is, what is going on around him and what he can do to make a difference. He believes in art that is not just an expression of individual satisfaction however a conceptually/technically belligerent and educative art for all.  
Mary Sherwood Brock was born in Washington, DC and attended the Boston Museum School and Tufts University graduating with a BFA in 1978. In 1990, she moved to Los Angeles and graduated with an MFA in painting from UCLA in 1992.She has been awarded two traveling scholarships, a Visual Artist Fellowship from the NEA, a Printmaking Fellowship and Painting award from the Artist Foundation of Massachusetts and UCLA Graduate award. She was a founding partner of the Artist Proof Cooperative Print Studio in Cambridge MA, which was honored for it’s contribution to the painterly print by the Boston Public Library in 2000 with an exhibition and catalog; “Proof in Print; a Community of Printmaking Studios”.She has exhibited her painting and prints in numerous international and national exhibitions focusing on printmaking since 1980. In recent years she has curated exhibitions researching the history of printmaking in Los Angeles. “Connections; LA Printmaking 1962-1973” at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery as part of the LA Printmaking Society’s 20th National in 2010 and brought together 34 significant works from artists who came to prominence in LA in the 1960’s. In 2013, “Leonard Edmondson” she curated and wrote the catalog for a retrospective of the paintings and prints of this influential teaching artist at CSUN Art Gallery. In 2014 at the LA Print Space “the press is my paintbrush” presented work from two master print shops, both artists in their own right; John Greco of Josephine Press and Francesco Siqueiros of El Nopal Press.She has taught printmaking at the Boston Museum School, Otis College of Art and Design and Loyola Marymount University and continues her research on the impact of printmaking as an art form for the LA Printmaking Society. studiosherwood.com
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