Alison Sagebiel is an artist currently living and working in Austin, Texas. Her work focuses on the re-creation of myth and ritual within a modern context, and the relationship between the human body, sexuality, and the natural world. She believes in beauty for the sake of beauty. Alison employs what was considered the traditional women’s’ media of watercolor, ink, and pencil to create visual narratives. Her work is influenced by the Florentine School of Painting, Victorian botanical and anatomical drawings, and the Mexican iconography of her native San Antonio. She also works in oils, in the attempt to rephrase traditional still lifes.
Carlos Carballo was born in Los Angeles and raised in East Texas before attending the University of Texas at Austin, obtaining a professional Bachelor’s in Architecture in 2015. His body of work includes 3D modeling, branding, photojournalism, and mixed media. His work, “Anxious/Arrogant, Calculated/Craving, Vain/Validation”, is a three-piece visualization of communication. Each piece is a 20-word abstraction following first encounters translated through Latin alphanumeric, International Phonetics, and Speech Assessment Methods Phonetic Alphabet (or SAMPA, a computer readable phonetic alphabet.)
M. E. Laursen, a born 'n raised Texan, is an artist (advocate), curator, and community organizer living in Austin, TX. Previously the Associate Director & Curator at Pump Project, she now contributes to several arts organizations in areas of communications, community engagement, consulting, as well as curating independently. Since receiving her BFA in Studio Art at The University of Texas at Austin in 2015, she has focused on leadership development, team communication, and development in various fields. Her experience has reinforced her commitment to advocating for programs and space at the intersection of artists and community. During her free time she volunteers and work trades for organizations she loves. In her words: "My work concerns the exploration and representation of memory and self in time and space. I use found materials and detritus of hand-me-downs to trigger nostalgic movements and responses within my body. Beginning as a documented interaction with the objects, my practice continues by displaying the residual object in an ephemeral state. By associating objects together formally, manipulating and reducing them, I am able to understand, appreciate or poke at their symbolism in a changing present."
Jaime Reynolds is a New York based illustrator and calligrapher known for her fluid watercolors and unruffled style. She brings a respect of tradition, fearlessness of authenticity, and a little rebel streak to her craft. Jaime graduated from Pratt Institute in 2009 with a bad case of the burnouts. After stepping away from creativity for many years, she stumbled upon some watercolor supplies and started to play. She was immediately drawn to the quiet mindspace that painting allows. This sense of relaxed curiosity is the bedrock of her creative process and was essential for the pieces shown today. Her whole attention pressed into the dried rose she held in her left hand as she painted with her right. The act of capturing this flower's essence, from eye / to heart / to hand, called for a complete and affable surrender to the present moment she could only hope to
bottle up and bring to real life.
“I picked you a flower, then it died.
And we will too.
I tried to capture it before it fades.
Let’s do the same.”
Navasota Sering, a painter, poet, singer-songwriter. Her work is centered around “home” while seeking truth in what it means to love in inadequate circumstances. Influenced by the vibrant landscape of Santa Fe in winter and what hums beneath the ground.
Rohitash Rao’s art is a reflection of our culture. His work reflects our over-consuming society, often made on the very things that we throw away. His work is a conceptual (and often funny) take on the way we live. As a friend put it, “Ro's art puts our society up against a funhouse mirror into which the dog of irony continually dives at its own reflection.”Rohitash Rao is an award-winning art director, animator and director. He has co-created and illustrated 7 children’s books published by Harper Collins, made an animated TV pilot for 20th Century Fox and has had 12 solo shows as a fine-artist. He currently works as an assistant professor at the Stan Richards School of Advertising at the University of Texas in Austin.
Scott David Gordon is a photographer and the host of Austin Art Talk podcast: in-depth interviews with Austin’s creative community. In his words: “It is definitely a thrill to present these band new images to you, after not having made any new work for many years. This is a big deal to me. Thankfully the theme of the exhibition and the deadline inspired me to take action. Why was my resistance so strong for so long? Is creating something new really that scary? After doing some research I discovered Floriography, or the language of flowers. It refers to the meanings and stories that have been attributed to flowers over many thousands of years by all the cultures of the earth. Inspired by this history of symbolism, the words of books old and new, a strong love of rich color, and with a desire to push my photographic limits into self portraiture, I created these images. I have always had a love for flowers and nature, and have many times been on both sides of the heartache and confusion that can accompany courtship and love. My intention in relationships is to always be as straightforward and honest as possible. So in keeping with that intention towards my work, these images were mostly realized in camera and not on a computer. I’m delighted with how this work turned out and am excited to see where this new direction takes me.”