"Spare Rooms explores the ways in which individuality binds a community together. Whether basking in the mundane or dissecting our outer selves, we used the imagery of an apartment to represent the space that we take for ourselves in order to find solitude and develop our own unique skills and perspectives. All of this to celebrate not only the individuals and the environments that curated them, but also the whole community those individuals created together."
"I create ink and digital drawings that are inspired by the techniques and aesthetics of illustration and printmaking. I enjoy creating unconventional self portraits that act as windows into my psyche, rather than a traditional display of my body, using expressive line work and visual metaphors. By doing this I can share my experiences more vividly, tackling themes like mental health and identity. I take everyday scenarios, things that sound mundane on paper, and I explore how they feel in the moment: the way that taking out the garbage can feel like a filthy and monumental endeavor, the way that a long road can feel endless. Using simple compositions that are high in contrast and detailed only where it carries my intentions, I call on illustrative styles that bring to mind storytelling, inviting the viewer to see a narrative in my work about the struggles and triumphs of life that are otherwise ignored."
Jordyn Dream Roth is a San Antonio born artist working to receive her BFA from Texas State University. She works with multiple mediums, with an emphasis on drawing, in order to share her feelings and experiences as a complex, neurodivergent, internet native woman.
"Through the process of creation this collection has gone from simply being about nostalgia into a memorial of sorts to lost memories and the people within them. Creating spaces where these people still exist; allowing the viewer to not only find a sense of the escape within nostalgia, but also the grief that goes along with confronting the slow breakdown of these treasured memories. My work deals with how we relate our emotions to the people we surround ourselves with, along with the places that have meaning to us and have shaped us into who we are today. In this collection I focus on how the slow and steady deterioration of memory plays an active role in our lives. Using images from my own childhood to represent my own memories, along with using gloop to emphasize the deterioration of these memories in our minds.
Gloop is a clay/glaze hybrid that has the ability to become a semi-vitreous substance due to the chemical makeup of the gloop. When I use gloop it is always used as a way to represent change. It is also used as a way to take the viewer through a portal of sorts into a world of memories that I crave and slips into from time to time. The display of these works is also necessary to further acknowledge to the viewer that there is a little world within these archways, which many fall into in a search for safety within nostalgia.
Many of us use in hopes of not relating to our current situations. It is my belief that while these memories and the people within them shapes us they should not be used as escape, but rather they are an integral part of who we are today even as they slip from our minds."
Sarah Bullard is a ceramic artist whose work typically focuses on organic forms and working around newfound problems, and most of the time finding the theme through the process of working on the pieces. She takes inspiration from people she’s known her whole life or familiar surroundings, hoping to put pieces of these people or places into her work. She attempts to make viewers feel connected to her work but not fully understand why the work seems familiar, even if they have no connection to it. She is currently studying for her BFA in ceramics at Texas
"This piece encompasses being multifaceted and allowing myself to be vulnerable in showing various sides of me. I am not meant to look or be one way, fitting into one mold, because that is not naturally me. Spring 2022 I allowed myself to explore my art style in a new medium of paper making, showing me the possibilities of redefining my skillset. While staying true to my figurative and portraiture subject matter, I allowed the medium to also move as it pleased, accepting the slightly unpredictable outcome as what its meant to be. Using the paper to decorate the lampshade gives more life to the paper and showcases the newfound confidence I’ve been cultivating within from the light. Exercising the confidence to heal and be myself in front of others is no easy journey, as it comes with constant reassurance and heavy moments of doubt."
Kaelyn J. Provost is an emerging artist from Houston, Texas, currently attending Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. Since attending Texas State university for a BFA degree, she has developed a skill with various dry and wet mediums, such as charcoal and oil paints. As of currently, she has been exploring oil pastels, giving her the comfort of drawing while “keeping” the textures of an oil painting. Working with multiple mediums has further enhanced her way of expression, broadening the way a story can be told. These techniques assist her in depicting the beauty in the black feminine experience, emphasizing emotional validation, connections, and wellness on a soul level. Her creativity has reached and inspired many, through art shows and magazine publications, forming genuine connections with those who observe her art.
"I’m a multidisciplinary artist but for my current series there is a focus on printmaking, specifically Intaglio. The traditional Italian practice incorporates the use of a metal plate, usually copper or steel, which act as a template once an image is embedded into the plate allowing me to make multiple editions. Throughout my time spent with the practice I explore different colors, various application techniques, and an assortment of printmaking paper.
In effort to keep up with the times I render any potential work digitally on an iPad. Having a digital sketchbook allows me to quickly get inspired by some of my favorite minds such as M.C. Escher with his illusion-esque staircases, Rene Magritte’s witty images, and Albert Einstein’s book of dreams, Einstein’s Dreams by: Alan Lightman. All three have such a surreal way of viewing the world that directly influence the architectural dreamscapes in my current work. In addition to my influences, Sarah Roizen, an artist, and art therapist relates understanding the fundamentals of emotions to centering her craft around the process rather than the finished product. She states that she works spontaneously and intuitively in her studio which forms a dialogue between herself and the materials. This inspired me to base my works on a particular emotion I need to express such as good vibrations or codependency. Playing with the push and pull of tradition in printmaking and technology in my digital sketchbook sparked curiosity in exploring a fusion technique of screen printing and intaglio to get a wider range of dynamic and interesting images. I look forward to watching my practice unfold as my journey of artistic expression continues."
Madison Oslin is a conceptual artist with focuses in printmaking, sculpting, and painting. Her work expresses the importance of how you interoperate your emotions and how they affect you. As the artist pushes to launch her voice to the public, she is in search for opportunities to work with others, be involved in exhibitions, and travel for residencies. At the moment Madison is wrapping up her BFA in printmaking at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. Born in Dallas, TX, Madison lives her life in Austin, TX where she works as an Artist’s assistant in a private studio.
"My work reflects my proximity and interest in skate and street cultures and overlooked
environments that are underappreciated institutionally, my work also explores themes of
reflecting on childhood and growth. Often working in installation and video I document the
nature and energy of these subcultures, shining a light into communities like graffiti and
skateboarding giving a more intimate view.
My current work “Home Grown” is a sculptural installation created from salvaged materials I
gathered from the feed and supply store my family owns. The work is a reflection of change and
growth, I use burlap bags and plaster to create standing and hanging sculptures, drawing
inspiration from artists like ‘Rachel Whiteread’ incorporating the informal elements I respond
to within my work. This work has elements of reappropriation with my use of materials
salvaged from my family feed store and draws from all of the energy, feelings, and memories
Grant Heim is a San Marcos based artist working in sculptural installation and video and is currently a thesis student in expanded media at Texas State University. Grant creates works reflective of his experiences and interests in street culture, often merging sculpture and video to shed light on underappreciated communities like skateboarding and graffiti.
"I am a queer artist who primarily explores psychological topics such as a lack of identity, projection, a lackof control over oneself, and the detrimental desire to be perfect and thus worthy of love. Dolls are mymuse when exploring such topics. A doll can be a blank and hollow thing waiting for someone to projectonto it an identity, a doll can represent perfection and insecurity, a doll can represent living a plastic lifeand wearing different faces. I explore these complex themes using many different mediums such asdigital drawing and painting, soft pastel, graphite, oil painting, and collage. In a lot of my work, Imanipulate the image, so it is somewhat distorted, obscured, or otherwise disorderly, reflecting theuncertain identity within. My artwork, like that of Takashi Murakami, has a cartoonish and graphic stylewhich utilizes line and vibrant colors. Highly saturated, complementary colors and plenty of pink are usedto reflect nostalgic feelings of childlike wonder."
Blair Rayburn is an emerging young artist from New Braunfels, Texas. They are currentlyattending Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas and working towards a BFA in Studio Artwith a concentration in Drawing. In their work, they use multiple different mediums and methodssuch as soft pastel, digital drawing and painting, collage, and oil painting in their exploration ofchildhood and psychology.
"My piece is based on the idea that whether it is to fit in or stand out, to seem agreeable or unapproachable-everyone has their own personal costume that allows them to be perceived by society the way they want to be. This piece is my representation of what my social suit would look like. I decided to make a marionette because people’s wearable defense mechanism is a character that we decide to put on and play and marionettes can only function when someone is pulling their strings. The reason I chose the bear imagery is because of the fact that when spotted in the wild, people keep their distance from bears and that is what my social facade is used for–to put emotional space between me and others and not let them get too close by putting up a harsh, standoffish exterior. I’ve observed the emotional and relational paralysis that can happen when people never let others get to know who they really are, which is why I decided to make the marionette stringless."
Ariel Duke is an artist based in the San Marcos area who is a multimedia artist working in both two and three-dimensional media. Her work is heavily inspired by nature which comes from a love of plants and the out-of-doors passed on by her family. Duke creates work as an attempt to give the viewer a visual and mental break from the harshness of reality by echoing the comforting forms of nature. Currently based in San Marcos, Duke was born and raised in Galveston, TX. She is finishing up her BFA in Sculpture at Texas State University and is projected to graduate by December of 2022.
"I’ve always been fascinated by the structures of the outer ear – an organ which shapes through its lack of function my perception of the world. On the outside, the whorls and divots which contort to form its shape follow a template alien to conscious perception. The architecture of our ears accomplishes the task set to them – capturing something invisible to our eyes.
What the ear captures can’t be seen but endures without necessarily being understood. This lack of understanding shapes every conversation where I struggle to hear.
Through my chosen medium, I can distort a viewer’s sense of form and space, preserving the beauty of some spoken comment, some half-heard phrase, but leaving intact the gulf which defines incomplete communication."
Max is a ceramicist whose interests span functional wares and abstract sculptural works. Born and raised in Austin, he discovered clay in a wheel throwing class and never let go.