ARTisSpectrum Vol.36, May 2017

ARTisSpectrum | Volume 36 | 51 W hile Stephanie E. Graham uses many techniques and media, they come together as part of what the artist sees as her major theme. “I view the majority of my work,” she says, “as a self portrait: a constant layering of the objects, creatures and places that fascinate me.” Having started out by drawing and working with oil paints, Graham’s repertoire has extended into collage, embroidery and the use of beeswax sheets as well as paper that has been dipped in beeswax. When an allergy to oil paints led her away from that medium, those other materials helped her follow a path toward the multi-layered pieces she now produces. Many of Graham’s images depict bees and their environments. From detailed drawings of plants and insects to delicate collages that incorporate wax, paper and thread, her images bring alive that complex world. Inspired by Victorian naturalists and Dutch still-life painting, she combines the realism of those forms with a modern sense of space and an ability to experiment with color and texture to form new connections. The time and care it takes to create her works inevitably become a central part of their meaning. “I want to slow people down and remind them of a time when everything was handcrafted,” she says. M onika Gloviczki’s paintings turn landscapes, buildings and people into intriguing, seductive patterns. Working in oils and acrylics on canvas and panel, the artist has a strongly distinctive style of handling her paints, with intricately arranged blocks of color forming images that bridge the worlds of realism and abstraction. Able to precisely capture the details of a leaf, building or human face, she is also able to give color, light and texture an existence of their own, resulting in works that have a multitude of layers and meanings. Gloviczki calls her work “silent music played by colors,” and the sense of internal rhythm and harmony in her paintings makes that description quite apt. From clear, almost translucent areas of color to thick strokes of paint, she provides each work with a sense of visual counterpoint. Her clear, balanced compositional style provides a solid basis on which her bold experiments in texture and tone are built. The goal of those experiments, she says, is to lead viewers on a journey into her personal world, to make visible what lies beneath life’s everyday banalities. Having worked for many years as a doctor, she is now devoted to sharing the joy and happiness of that journey in her paintings. Monika Gloviczki Bethlehem Oil on Canvas 40” x 30” Stephanie E. Graham Mapping the Mind Ink and Mixed Media on Canvas 36” x 36”