Monthly Archives: August 2006

Erika Kohr & Margaret van Patten

Erica Kohr, blown glass & mixed media
Margaret van Patten, drawings and intaglio prints
August 31-September 26

“The Giver” glass & metal

Erika Kohr sculpts in both hand blown glass and cloth. She explores emotion and our connections to nature. Using techniques of blowing and manipulating hot glass, Kohr creates images of hearts, wings and femalee forms. Much of her work addresses the concept of pollination as a metaphor to describe a necessary process for humans as well as plants. Soft sculpture (bean bag) plants peeking out of clear glass dome enclosures represent a safe yet unfertile personal space.  The pattern of a birdcage imposed on the female form implies both limitations and structure while sets of glass wings represent the human spirit.  A glass anatomical heart covered in a honeycomb pattern represents the strength yet fragility of the heart, while the full cup supported below speaks of a replenishing.  In addition to making fine art she has worked with many independent glass artists and production studios throughout the Pacific Northwest, including Italian glass Maestro Lino Tagliapietra. Erika has taught glassblowing at Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle, WA, Firehouse no. 12 in Vancouver, WA and has worked as a teaching assistant at Pilchuck Glass School.

“Aftermath” intaglio print

Margaret van Patten will be presenting a mix of intaglio prints, drawings and collages.  Her new work includes a selection of new prints employing a variety of intaglio processes, including drypoint, etching, and aquatint and mezzotint.  She will be showing several small black and white etchings from her ongoing series, “fantastical garden” , where human and flora elements become intertwined. In one such print, “Fertile Garden”, a twisting, leafy plant laden with pods grows out of a human heart.  Other prints focus on using natural elements, including visceral anatomical forms, birds, and insects, expressing metaphorical ideas while retaining a somewhat narrative context.  Her show will also include a series of small mixed media collages and drawings, which were created on bird lithographs and cards.  These pieces are a collection of fragmented symbolic imagery relating to themes of memory, personal identification, and history. Margaret van Patten is a member of Inkling Studio, a Portland cooperative print studio.