Kelsey has shown work in Edmonton, and across Canada as well as internationally, with her work appearing in juried shows in Bulgaria, China, Columbia, Cuba, England, Egypt, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, and the United States.
Meagan Stirling is an artist and educator who holds a BA from Whitworth University and an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Meagan lives and works in Santa Barbara, California where she is Assistant Professor of Art at Westmont College. Previously, she taught art at Whitworth University, the Beijing International College, and the University of Colorado Denver.The paradox of daily life as safe and comfortable, juxtaposed with its polar opposite – the uncertainties of life – appears to bully the American Dream itself. My prints and installations examine complexities and illusions created through the antithetical patterns of daily American suburban life by exploring the extent to which perceived safety is part of the national psyche.By combining printmaking, painting, and photography, my work explores the over-exaggerated idea of safety that becomes weakened by isolation, chance, and violence, to which we are all vulnerable.
I choose printmaking as my primary medium. The printmaking process is reminiscent of the relationship between light and shadow. Etching and aquatint help me express my interest in light and shadow by using their rich tones of black and white. The graphic nature of black and white leads me to lines and shapes found in architectural elements. Once I eliminated color from my work, I found myself drawn to the exploration of space itself. My work became about the physicality of three dimensional space.
In order to make a print I will work from my sketches I made of ordinary people in a variety of circumstances as well as drawings from a model or some experience in my life. My prints are about feelings and states of mood, about dreams and expectations. Often I express them through the female figure. I play a roleof narrator and storyteller but I encourage the viewer to approach the piece with his or her unique experience or memory. I enjoy working with relief and intaglio technique as well as monotype. Frequently I like to combine multiple styles and methods to create my own style. Lately I have explored the art of handmade artists’ books as a flexible medium with a wide range of artistic expression and a creative way how to utilize my prints.
Laurie Szujewska (shoe yév skä) is a printmaker, typographer, and graphic designer. She currently is making prints on a letterpress concerning shapes and color. She once worked in the printing trades and lived and played in NYC with the band members of The Chairs while creating graphics for the performing arts venue Roulette during its early years. After completing her MFA in graphic design from the Yale School of Art she moved west to California and worked as a designer and art director at Adobe Systems where she created many awarding-winning graphics and the typeface Giddyup. Abandoning computers she now makes prints using obsolete technology and often teaches at Reed College and UC Davis. Her prints and graphic work have been exhibited in various venues in Europe and the United States and are included in many Artist Book Collections at universities, libraries, and private collections.