Sharon Alderman has published two weaving instructional books and traveled the world conducting workshops about the techniques she has mastered. Her weavings are composed of sewing thread woven on a full-size loom. How one shuttles between weft and warp at such fine gauge, keeping complex color shifts in play, is mind-boggling. Each piece radiates throughout with subtle gradations in hue, leaving the viewer in awe of its complexity and delicate structure. Like a fine relic or a painting of another ilk, Alderman’s weavings are carefully attached to mat board and framed under glass.
From the beginning Patricia Kimball has had a gift for landscape, in fact her first exhibit at Phillips sold out. Later, in order to expand her vocabulary, she tackled an MFA at the University of Utah focusing on the figure. Her graduate show resulted in a wildly popular exhibit of over thirty 2’x2’ portraits hung in grids, an impressive panoply of local humanity. Over the years her work has shifted between the two subjects. In this collection of landscapes, Kimball has challenged herself, taking her generally 1’ square work to triple scale and magnifying her passion for capturing the poetry of her surroundings. Her developed sophistication is evident in her distilled minimalism and mark making.
When asked to describe her urban landscapes, Jean Arnold says, “The organic and the man-made are integrated in a dynamic relationship between plants, architecture, landforms, and urban clutter... As I explore the mixed-media arena between drawing and painting, the imagery transforms in an amalgam of the outer world and inner vision, of surface and depth.”
Brian Young, curator of art at the Arkansas Arts Center says of Arnold’s work: “Because the artist has allowed only a few reference points between sections, there is a disjointed nature to the work that mirrors the motion of contemporary life. Jean Arnold demonstrates receptivity to the evanescence of both the built and natural environments that links her to art history’s most sensitive landscapists.”