An exhibition featuring new photo-based mixed media, ceramic sculpture, and video works by:
Christina (Xtina) Poncé, Lisa Popp, and Matthew William
Christina Ponce, Untitled, mixed media
My process begins with a photograph that is enlarged, broken apart, and then reassembled. I use wax and other mediums to obscure and seal the imagery, and then selectively reveal the image beneath.
The entire process is consciously bringing multiple layers physically and metaphorically to each piece. It fascinates me that after being broken down and put back together, the cracks are always visible. Based on your own experiences and biases or beliefs, you can interpret this as you will.
Lisa Popp, (detail) Hamilton Park, 64" x 70", Clay, vellum, wire
Creating illusions of meaning working with the malleable and sensual characteristics inherent in clay and other materials continues to be my lifelong journey.
It is my intention to create geometric clay structures, reflecting fabric-like qualities that incorporate the timelessness of stitching, and the traditions of women's work. My formal compositions focus on the relationships between form, shape, surface texture, and color to reflect beauty. My abstract figurative structures work in conjunction with these extensive clay "platelets" to create line, space, and the illusion of other materials.
I enjoy the play of metonymy in materials used, and seek to create a balance between the forces of tension and release through form and expression.
Matthew William, Matthew, 44"x48", Mixed Media on Panel
My work explores self-perception, from how we perceive ourselves, how we wish to be perceived, to how the public perceives us. Each layer of perception builds upon the framework of the final composition, a disjointed verisimilitude of the “self.”
I believe the medium is an essential contribution to the artwork’s idea of self-perception. Whether photography, charcoal, or paint, each medium lends itself to the various forms of perception. I begin with a photograph, the most visually accurate representation of self, and strip away all features, leaving it void of individuality. I then choose a facial feature from a popular celebrity to draw or paint back onto the face, representing the want to be someone else.
The final portrait portrays a feeling of the unfinished, a half translated biography. Like the frustration of having a person’s name on the tip of your tongue, but never grasping it completely.