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2020 RAM Artist Fellowship and Emerging Artist Award Recipients

Martha Coaty
VIP Lounge, 2019
Type-C print
20 x 20 inches
Martha Coaty, Racine

Photography

Artist Statement
Photography is note-taking and shaping concepts into a visual release of designed elements. My work strives to appeal to viewers by creating an experience. I use color and structure infused with light to create photographs that are calming, exploratory, and interesting to look at. I want my work to be a positive experience for the viewer so they walk away having a renewed sense of peacefulness.

The more serious content of my photographs has broken way to abstractions, with the occasional human element. I have worked in the square format, limited as a discipline, while creating a new sense of balance in my compositions. Movement, tranquility, and pleasing colors allow the gathering of repetition, motion, and likeness of breathing.

My intention is to continue in this new direction while incorporating film photography using an antique Rollieflex camera with its natural square format. I am not a gear head, and any camera I use is more importantly a tool for seeing and documenting. It is important to me as an artist to always have respect for my vision and desire to create. It is not the mechanical tool; it is the resulting print that allows my work to flourish. Since I have been showing my work publicly for ten years, I have grown and wish to continue this journey without getting bogged down by technology or the pressure to produce.

Martha Coaty, Racine

Photography

Martha Coaty
VIP Lounge, 2019
Type-C print
20 x 20 inches

Artist Statement
Photography is note-taking and shaping concepts into a visual release of designed elements. My work strives to appeal to viewers by creating an experience. I use color and structure infused with light to create photographs that are calming, exploratory, and interesting to look at. I want my work to be a positive experience for the viewer so they walk away having a renewed sense of peacefulness.

The more serious content of my photographs has broken way to abstractions, with the occasional human element. I have worked in the square format, limited as a discipline, while creating a new sense of balance in my compositions. Movement, tranquility, and pleasing colors allow the gathering of repetition, motion, and likeness of breathing.

My intention is to continue in this new direction while incorporating film photography using an antique Rollieflex camera with its natural square format. I am not a gear head, and any camera I use is more importantly a tool for seeing and documenting. It is important to me as an artist to always have respect for my vision and desire to create. It is not the mechanical tool; it is the resulting print that allows my work to flourish. Since I have been showing my work publicly for ten years, I have grown and wish to continue this journey without getting bogged down by technology or the pressure to produce.

Hunter 10 Oasis Bowl
Nate Hunter
Oasis Bowl, 2018
Glazed earthenware
21 x 12 x 4 inches
Nate Hunter, Kenosha

Ceramics

Artist Statement
I make because I was made and continue to be made. I want to understand what it means to bring into existence that which was not. I find many analogies to life in the process of forming and shaping objects. I have been focusing on clay as a medium because it has the intrinsic and intimate quality of recording the movement and pressure of the maker over time.

Ceramics is the only process where the artist hands over all control of the finished work to an entity outside of themselves. Without the flame the clay eventually returns to its natural state––laying at the bottom of a river. Pressure, time, and trials are what make us who we are. How are you being shaped? Are you fighting the process or letting it do its work? I believe everything happens to us for a reason—there is a purpose and a plan, our job is to let go.

My most recent work has been investigating wood firing. I love to see the evidence of the fire on my pots and how it alludes to a process over which I have little control. I am investigating how the events outside of ourselves affect and change us. The wood ash deposits, flashing of colors, and varying surfaces on the raw clay beautifully illustrate the extreme external forces at work on each piece.

Nate Hunter, Kenosha

Ceramics

Hunter 10 Oasis Bowl
Nate Hunter
Oasis Bowl, 2018
Glazed earthenware
21 x 12 x 4 inches

Artist Statement
I make because I was made and continue to be made. I want to understand what it means to bring into existence that which was not. I find many analogies to life in the process of forming and shaping objects. I have been focusing on clay as a medium because it has the intrinsic and intimate quality of recording the movement and pressure of the maker over time.

Ceramics is the only process where the artist hands over all control of the finished work to an entity outside of themselves. Without the flame the clay eventually returns to its natural state––laying at the bottom of a river. Pressure, time, and trials are what make us who we are. How are you being shaped? Are you fighting the process or letting it do its work? I believe everything happens to us for a reason—there is a purpose and a plan, our job is to let go.

My most recent work has been investigating wood firing. I love to see the evidence of the fire on my pots and how it alludes to a process over which I have little control. I am investigating how the events outside of ourselves affect and change us. The wood ash deposits, flashing of colors, and varying surfaces on the raw clay beautifully illustrate the extreme external forces at work on each piece.

Johns 16th Street #35 1
Christopher Johns
16th Street #35, 2019
Paper, ink, and acrylic on paper
9 x 16 inches
Christopher Johns, Racine

Painting and Mixed Media

Artist Statement
This work explores the idea of an abstract form that alludes to other things. The main shape in the work represents a human torso, and the relationship between the figure and a tree trunk. It is a starting point to explore the visual ideas and surface of the piece. I use a similar structure in order to discover the subtle differences between the placement of line, color, and shape. I feel that if I veer too far from the essence of the image from one work to the next, I will lose the thread of exploration that I hope to discover.

Ranging in size, these works on paper are generally composed in a vertical format on watercolor paper. The pieces are started by treating the paper with black gesso, red gesso, or ink, which is then worked into with acrylics, India ink, charcoal, gouache, and chalk.

I keep the space fairly flat in an effort to keep the relationship between the figure and ground taut. The space that surrounds the main shape is more developed as it becomes an environment where the torso/trunk can exist. I like the richness of the surface that paint can deliver and respond to the varied textures and marks. The surface of the work reinforces the shapes and their space.

Christopher Johns, Racine

Painting and Mixed Media

Johns 16th Street #35 1
Christopher Johns
16th Street #35, 2019
Paper, ink, and acrylic on paper
9 x 16 inches

Artist Statement
This work explores the idea of an abstract form that alludes to other things. The main shape in the work represents a human torso, and the relationship between the figure and a tree trunk. It is a starting point to explore the visual ideas and surface of the piece. I use a similar structure in order to discover the subtle differences between the placement of line, color, and shape. I feel that if I veer too far from the essence of the image from one work to the next, I will lose the thread of exploration that I hope to discover.

Ranging in size, these works on paper are generally composed in a vertical format on watercolor paper. The pieces are started by treating the paper with black gesso, red gesso, or ink, which is then worked into with acrylics, India ink, charcoal, gouache, and chalk.

I keep the space fairly flat in an effort to keep the relationship between the figure and ground taut. The space that surrounds the main shape is more developed as it becomes an environment where the torso/trunk can exist. I like the richness of the surface that paint can deliver and respond to the varied textures and marks. The surface of the work reinforces the shapes and their space.

Travanti 01selfportrait
Marc Travanti
Self-Portrait, 2019
Graphite on found book page
9 x 16 inches
Marc Travanti, Kenosha

Variety of Materials

Artist Statement
I am interested in dualities and dichotomies. My approach to building objects and images usually involves the mixture of two distinct subjects that visually and psychologically have some connection. I use processes––such as superimposing, overlapping, and entangling––to extend the connections. I construct form and apply color with an eye towards sensuality. Often, I merge contemporary imagery with images of historic art, and in their fusion, I look for a shared iconography between cultures and time.

My present work is a series of drawings that began when I inadvertently drew a self-portrait on a picture of a Greek sculpture in an art history book. My satisfaction with the result led to numerous portraits of myself, relatives, and friends drawn on pictures of art, landscapes, and architecture in old historical books. I am attracted to the worn physicality of the book pages and the somber, monochromatic quality of the printed pictures as much as the specific subject matter. My selection of who to draw on which found picture is not calculated. Instead I prefer random combinations leading to unpredictable results.

These portraits have become part of my personal biography. They have enabled me to contextualize and contemplate my current relationships. The individuals I have drawn are participating in my own narrative just as much as I am representing and re-situating their narratives.

Marc Travanti, Kenosha

Variety of Materials

Travanti 01selfportrait
Marc Travanti
Self-Portrait, 2019
Graphite on found book page
9 x 16 inches

Artist Statement
I am interested in dualities and dichotomies. My approach to building objects and images usually involves the mixture of two distinct subjects that visually and psychologically have some connection. I use processes––such as superimposing, overlapping, and entangling––to extend the connections. I construct form and apply color with an eye towards sensuality. Often, I merge contemporary imagery with images of historic art, and in their fusion, I look for a shared iconography between cultures and time.

My present work is a series of drawings that began when I inadvertently drew a self-portrait on a picture of a Greek sculpture in an art history book. My satisfaction with the result led to numerous portraits of myself, relatives, and friends drawn on pictures of art, landscapes, and architecture in old historical books. I am attracted to the worn physicality of the book pages and the somber, monochromatic quality of the printed pictures as much as the specific subject matter. My selection of who to draw on which found picture is not calculated. Instead I prefer random combinations leading to unpredictable results.

These portraits have become part of my personal biography. They have enabled me to contextualize and contemplate my current relationships. The individuals I have drawn are participating in my own narrative just as much as I am representing and re-situating their narratives.

Guzman 03 Veterana
René Amado
Veterana, 2018
Digital inkjet print
René Amado (Emerging Artist), Racine

Photography

Artist Statement
Throughout my years working in photography, I have been a concert, portrait, event, wedding, lifestyle, and commercial photographer. For my own artistic purposes, I have explored street, fashion, and automotive photography. I have also worked as a graphic designer.

In 2019, I began focusing on taking photographs in a more candid manner––I would approach a scene without disturbing it and capture it just as it naturally was. Whether I was photographing people, cars, or anything else, the idea was to grab the subject in its completely undisturbed raw essence, to capture what I felt, what the subject felt, and transfer the raw feeling of that moment to the viewer.

But part of the way through the year, I began to think—what if I could further compliment and emphasize the model’s personality and mood in our shoot and make an even stronger statement? With my history as a graphic designer, I thought this would be a wonderful challenge to my creativity. This will be a focus for me throughout 2020, to capture subjects and push the envelope with digital design accents as well as added touches of texture, fabric, paint, and custom frames. This, in turn, will create a piece as physically complete as the subject in front of my cameras lens.

René Amado (Emerging Artist), Racine

Photography

Guzman 03 Veterana
René Amado
Veterana, 2018
Digital inkjet print

Artist Statement
Throughout my years working in photography, I have been a concert, portrait, event, wedding, lifestyle, and commercial photographer. For my own artistic purposes, I have explored street, fashion, and automotive photography. I have also worked as a graphic designer.

In 2019, I began focusing on taking photographs in a more candid manner––I would approach a scene without disturbing it and capture it just as it naturally was. Whether I was photographing people, cars, or anything else, the idea was to grab the subject in its completely undisturbed raw essence, to capture what I felt, what the subject felt, and transfer the raw feeling of that moment to the viewer.

But part of the way through the year, I began to think—what if I could further compliment and emphasize the model’s personality and mood in our shoot and make an even stronger statement? With my history as a graphic designer, I thought this would be a wonderful challenge to my creativity. This will be a focus for me throughout 2020, to capture subjects and push the envelope with digital design accents as well as added touches of texture, fabric, paint, and custom frames. This, in turn, will create a piece as physically complete as the subject in front of my cameras lens.

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