Altered Environments, curated by April Flanders, is a printmaking portfolio responding to the issue of marine bio invasions. The portfolio includes 23 national and international artists from diverse backgrounds, utilizing a wide range of styles and print techniques. Marine bio invasions are the conceptual starting place for these prints, which will be prominently exhibited at the 11th International Marine Bioinvasions Conference in Annapolis, MD in 2023. Aquatic invasive species are a true threat to biodiversity around the world. Artists were encouraged to consider the many ecosystems that are currently under threat from marine bioinvaders.
Winter Exhibition Celebration/Festive First Friday – December 2, 2022, 5 – 9 pm
Elizabeth Jean Younce
In conjunction with Altered Environments, printmaker and installation artist, Marilee Salvator will create a site-specific installation. Salvator is an Associate Professor of Printmaking and Design at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. Her work has been exhibited in over 25 solo shows in North America and over 130 group exhibitions throughout North America, South Korea, China, Japan, Portugal, Serbia, Ireland, Scotland, Poland, Italy, New Zealand and Romania. Salvator’s work has been published in New American Paintings as well as on the cover of a medical textbook, Regulating Creation, published by University of Toronto Press.
My work is an examination of the natural world through the lens of micro-biology; I search for structural commonalities between invasive plants in ecosystems and invasive disease in the human body. At the same time, I am invested in combining and applying historical and non-traditional approaches to printmaking, specifically print-installation and repetitive mark-making, to push the boundaries of printmaking into what has developed into an expanded field. I create modules to build installations or to make unique prints by combining printing plates in different sequences, creating one of a kind works of art.
Tidalectics, organized by Dutch-Canadian artist Eveline Kolijn, is an art-science portfolio based around an experiment to create an oceanic worldview. Ten international printmakers collaborated with marine biology researchers to create a print based on the research from the scientist for the portfolio. Here is a link to a YouTube video with images and information about each of the prints.
Guest curator April Flanders is a studio artist living and making in the mountains of Western North Carolina. A keen naturalist, her work has been featured in solo and group shows at museums and galleries nationally and internationally, including the Katzen Museum in Washington, D.C, the Center for the Book Arts, in New York, and the Global Print International, in Douro, Portugal. Recent honors include an online exhibition as a semi-finalist in the 92nd Annual Competition at the Print Center in Philadelphia, PA and a residency at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts in Amherst, VA. Recent solo exhibitions include Lost Blooms at Donald H. Lindgren Gallery in Newberg, OR and Unchecked at Artspace in Richmond, VA. Her work is in many public collections, including the Asheville Museum of Science, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Tucson Museum of Art. April holds a Master of Fine Arts from Arizona State University and she has taught printmaking for fourteen years at various universities nationally and internationally. Currently, she is a Professor of Studio Art here at Appalachian State University.