Shannon Amidon, an artist working in encaustic artwork and acrylic paint, creates artwork that weaves together science, nostalgia, and art. Her subject matter, materials, and methods include birch wood, beeswax, vintage papers, branches, twiggy lines, trees, crows, and shadows. Each element seems to echo with a haunting past life in history, nature, or symbolic reference. Generally, she localizes her color palette to black, white, and golds. This simplicity gives the work a bewitching and engrossing quality. The vintage papers that often serve as a background in her work has a that mirrors the past’s grip on the presence in a way that is at once ghostlike and lovely.
Simon Shawn Andrews is printmaker from White Rock, Canada who creates vigorously detailed, symbolically rich, and allusively fraught monotype pints. He draws inspiration from the texts and art from distant history (Greek mythology, medieval art, and biblical stories) and the overgrown vegetation of his own backyard (literally). In melding both the emphatically-distant and the emphatically-local, his monotype prints have the enduring truths of old art and text and the relatability of a modern existence. Each one of his swirling throngs is a visual, allegorical journey that requires a profound level of attention.
Watercolorist Grant Wood joins us from Umzumbe, South Africa – a seaside town at the mouth of the Mzumbe river. As if a natural extension of his chosen medium, Grant's subject matter often thematize water. As waves splash on rocks, seawater sprays on lighthouses, and puddles sheen after a storm, water displays its many moods. These depictions explore both a stormy sublimity in water’s mystery and ferocity and a benign beauty in its placidity and softness.