Artist TalkwithLisa Reinertson, featured inSentience, at the Epperson Gallery.
December 11, 2021.4p-6p.
"The inhumanity and militarization of our border policies weighs on our country’s conscience, and grieves my heart. By creating artworks that speak to the dignity and struggle of the personal experience, my intention is to touch our hearts. My hope is to remind us of the human decency that our country has tried to stand for, and to inspire people to think about how we can reclaim the goodness in us as a people.
I care about justice, about civil rights, about compassion and peace, and protecting the earth and all living creatures from extinction. It is my intent that through beauty and nuance, my artwork stand as a subversive act." -Lisa Reinertson
Artist Talk with David Yoas, featured in Reclamation, at the Epperson Gallery.
December 12, 2021. 4p-6p.
"My inspiration can come from almost anything. Over the years I have been inspired to create my narrative pieces by a tin image I’ve seen or by a phrase I might hear. The thrill I get from my work is from seeing my idea realized. I come up with an idea, collect the tin from various sources, and then realize my idea through planning, cutting, and reassembling the images I’ve collected or created.
My highest hope is that when people view my work, they will find some element that engages and affects them.
I started working with tin over 20 years ago. During a trip to New Mexico I saw various examples of tin art from the 1840’s to the present day. I discovered wonderful hand-stamped tin artworks housing lights or saints. During that same trip I discovered artists, who were using up-cycled tin containers in their work. I decided to try to combine the hand-stamped tin with the up-cycled tin art work that I was seeing. I am largely self taught, experimenting and learning on the fly." -David Yoas
Artist TalkwithFrancoise LeClerc, featured inSentience, at the Epperson Gallery.
December 18, 2021.4p-6p.
"I have worked with horses as a figurative subject for several years now. For me, their physical form and transcendent energy will always be compelling, but the more I sit with them, the more they make me think about the passage of time, both in the sense of collective memory and the pace at which we move through our lives.
In this body of work, I’m looking at that tipping point, right at the turn of the 20th century when cars drove horses into obsolescence, but also released them from what were often lives of extreme neglect or hardship. Indeed, I don’t mean to romanticize a period of history that was fraught with innumerable wrongs and tragedies, both for humans and non-humans alike. Rather, I’m intrigued by that moment when humans started moving faster, with less effort, but at the ultimate expense of our planet, and perhaps, our own sanity. We have grown out of scale."
Artist TalkwithMonica Van den Dool, featured instill life, at the Epperson Gallery.
January 15, 2022.4-6pm
Monica Van den Doolis a ceramic sculptor residing in beautiful Oakland CA. She received an MFA from Montana State University, Bozeman in 1995 and a BA in English from Santa Clara University in 1990. Named a NCECA Emerging Artist in 2002, her work has been exhibited at various national venues, including the San Jose Museum of Art, the DeSaisset Museum at Santa Clara University, and the Arizona State University Art Museum Ceramics Research Center. Her work is included in the collections of the Archie Bray Foundation (MT), the DiRosa Preserve (CA), and the Arizona State University Ceramic Research Center, and her artist residencies include the Archie Bray Foundation, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, and the LH Project. She has taught ceramics at several Bay Area universities, including San Jose State, California College of the Arts, and the University of California, Berkeley.