Maria Doering & Fiona Chinkan – Shared Energies Project in Princeton
SHARED ENERGIES: CELLS, STARS AND THE FLUIDITY BETWEEN
Fiona Chinkan & Maria Doering
Spring 2017 Anne Reeves Artists-in-Residence
Shared Energies: Cells, Stars and the Fluidity Between is a collaborative residency project between New York City-based artist Fiona Chinkan and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia-based artist Maria Doering. Having known each other for more than 14 years, Fiona and Maria will be reunited in the studio to continue work on their collaborative drawing project in the Taplin Gallery between April 7th and May 7th, 2017.
The two women have collaborated through different approaches over many years beginning with their first co-curated exhibit in 2006, titled Retrospective on Intimacy, in New Jersey and Connecticut. Shortly after, Maria moved to Canada and they continued to collaborate by mailing their drawings back and forth between New York City and Dartmouth. This ever-expanding body of work grew into the Shared Energies project, which was first exhibited during their studio residency stay in 2016 at the Inverness County Centre for the Arts in Inverness, Nova Scotia.
During their spring 2017 Anne Reeves Residency, Fiona and Maria will be elaborating on an artistic conversation, merging and reacting to both of their notions of space. Fiona interprets imagery of outer space while Maria explores the inner space of the human body. Their work juxtaposes the formation of star systems with human cellular structures while laying in emotional complexities. Their unique styles intertwine and merge in an unexpected explosion of energy through pen and ink on paper. They either draw simultaneously on the same sheet or both artists begin a drawing separately and then switch to continue working on the other’s drawing. The Taplin Gallery will be turned into their studio space where the artist duo will continue to push their explorations to large scale drawings and three dimensional installations.
Anyone is welcome to stop by the Taplin Gallery and visit the artists during their stay. Fiona and Maria are looking forward to sharing their process and progress with the community.
To follow along their progress during the residency online, please visit the artists on Instagram at @mariadoering or @fionac.nyc
The artist duo will offer two workshops:
Artistic Collaborations 101: Saturday, April 22, 1-4pm
In this workshop, we will introduce participants to the idea of artistic collaboration, why it is valuable, and the different approaches artists can take when working together. We will share our own methods, as well as other ways we have seen artist teams collaborate. During the workshop participants are paired up and challenged to work on a project together in one of the many approaches. It is a fun event that people with and without experience can enjoy. All individuals need to bring is their favorite “making” materials (pencils, watercolors, yarn, etc…) and an open mind. It is a fun way to connect with other artists or take an interesting workshop with their favorite art buddy! Supplies included. More info and registration here!
Sketchbook Collaborations: Saturday, April 29, 1-4pm
In this workshop, we dive deep into the idea of sketchbook sharing with another artist and introduce the class to different methods of sketchbook collaboration. We will also explore how this method works when artist teams live close together versus living long distances from one another. Participants are paired up to start working together in small folio sketchbooks while expressing their own ideas and reacting to each other´s styles. This workshop is for individuals as well as students who would like to take a workshop with their art buddies. More info and registration here!
Cells, Souls and Personalities Exhibition at Lee Matasi Gallery
Maria’s print works under the project title “Cells, Souls and Personalities” will be on exhibition at the Lee Matasi Gallery at the Ottawa School of Art from March 8th – March 22nd. If you live in the area please stop in and visit! Works will be for sale in the Gallery as well as at the OSA Art Boutique. This body of work includes relief prints ranging from 3×3 inches to 3×3 feet.
Maria featured in The Coast
Maria was recently interviewed by The Coast Journalist Morgan Mullin about her exhibition Internal Dialogues at the Visual Arts Nova Scotia Corridor Gallery. A kind thank you to Morgan for the “closer look” article.
You can also read the article online, here. Internal Dialogues will be up at the Visual Arts Nova Scotia Corridor Gallery until December 15th.
Open Studio event Saturday December 3rd!
Maria is excited to invite anyone interested in her Holiday Open Art Studio Event and Sale this Saturday, December 3rd from 1pm-5pm.
There will be much art to view and purchase. Light refreshments and demonstrations of technique.
ROC 2016 Exhibition Catalogue
The International Biennial Print Exhibit: ROC 2016 at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art sent Maria the Finalist Certificate and their beautiful catalogue.
The catalogue page featuring Maria’s linocut print “The Old Soul”.
Maria’s “Internal Dialogue” at VANS Corridor Gallery
10 pieces from Maria’s “Internal Dialogues” body of work are on display at the Visual Arts Nova Scotia Corridor Gallery November 2 – December 15, 2016.
About the Exhibition:
What is a person?
Are our bodies filled with a soul?
Is there a separation between body and soul or is it one and the same?
These are questions that have influenced my art-making in the last 4 years. I visualize what fills our body as a vessel, and interpret its many layers, physical and metaphysical, in my artwork. The printmaking process requires a lot of physicality from me. Having allergies and asthma creates another set of obstacles for me as an artist, but I love the physical challenge that printmaking brings. The more arduous, intricate, and repetitive a process is, the more I become engaged with it. Painting on my prints provides the perfect counterbalance to this method, as it takes hours of calm and peaceful work rather than physical exertion.
This quest for visualizing the lacery of people around me started with first trying to understand inner workings of my body. I imagine hundreds of layers of patterns and textures that are intricate, dense and beautiful. Each portrait of a woman is someone I have connected with over the years. I am always drawn to strong, determined, independent women, each with their own story and personality. Their portraits are what I see as an outside observer, and how these women present themselves to the world. The layers of lacery are a representation of what is below the surface and what the viewer cannot readily see. This combination is what makes each woman who she is and is the essence of her being.
About the Gallery:
Located inside the Visual Arts Nova Scotia office at the Halifax Seaport since 2000, the Corridor Gallery is complimented by a historical legacy of Nova Scotia culture, simple yet modern architectural elements and an array of current cultural activity in the Cultural Federations of Nova Scotia office. The Corridor Gallery is located at 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia and is open Monday through Friday, 9:30am – 5pm.
Holiday Open Art Studio Event and Sale 2016
You are cordially invited to join Maria at her Holiday Open Art Studio Event and Sale.
Printmaking – Drawing – Mixed Media.
Come visit a local, professional artist’s studio and meet the artist.
New and old artwork to view and purchase!
See how a printing press works!
Light refreshments available!
98 Victoria Road
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Upcoming Workshops at Visual Voice Gallery
Maria has a workshop scheduled at Visual Voice Fine Art in Truro, every month until the end of the year. For information on the workshops on November 3rd and December 29th please contact Visual Voice directly.
This workshop will explore the possibilities of the human figure through the experimental printmaking method of Monotype. You will be creating one of a kind figurative imagery with this unique process and the aid of fingerprints, cutouts, drawing, found materials and much more. This time we will be using larger plates than in previous workshops.
You can come prepared with a few figurative image ideas or spend the day experimenting spontaneously with this much more direct and painterly printmaking technique. You do not need previous knowledge of printmaking or drawing the figure to participate in this workshop. Please bring an apron or old t-shirt and any thin/flat found materials like dried leaves, thread, paper cut outs. If you can’t think of anything, not to worry, there will be materials supplied as well.
Sep 27 Tuesday 10:00 – 3:30 pm only $75 +tax per person.
30 min lunch break – bring your own.
Limited space, Pre-registration required 902-843-9464
Inspired by the colours of this beautiful season come join us for a fun day of Monotype printmaking exploring all things Autumn. In this 5 hour workshop with Maria Doering, you will be creating one of a kind pieces using autumn colours, foliage and much more, we will explore image making possibilities by inking up leaves directly, drawing on an inked plate, experimenting with yarn, thread and paper cut outs.
You can come prepared with image ideas or spend the day experimenting spontaneously with this much more direct and painterly printmaking technique. You do not need previous knowledge of printmaking to participate in this workshop. Please bring an apron or old t-shirt and any thin/flat found materials like dried leaves, thread, paper cut outs, and anything that says Autumn to you. If you can’t think of anything, not to worry, there will be materials supplied as well.
Oct 13 Thursday 10:00 – 3:30 pm only $75 +tax per person.
30 minute lunch break – bring your own.
Limited space, Pre-registration required 902-843-9464
Maria at Ottawa School of Art as Artist in Residence
Maria is thrilled to have been invited to spend three weeks at the Ottawa School of Art in downtown Ottawa, between August 23rd and September 10th. She will be teaching one day workshops at OSA in Relief printing and Monotype, to register for these workshops please visit the OSA website. Maria is also going to give an Artist talk on September 8th and finish her adventure at OSA with a demo-day during OSA’s Open House on September 10th.
To follow her project at OSA please visit her blog.
More detailed information is going to be posted shortly.
Workshop at Visual Voice and Exhibition
Visual Voice Fine Art presents its annual Summer group art show, a celebration of the best of the season.
The show features Nova Scotian artists: Diana Baldwin, Judy Arsenault, Carol Morrison, Twila Robar-DeCoste, Maria Doering, Kath Rutherford, Nora Gross, Barbara McLean, Carol Smeraldo, Joanne Solway, Ellen Moershel, Kristiina Lehtonen, Judith Leidl and Rosa Carr. On display are landscapes, animals, abstract, flowers, and more. The media and techniques are just as varied: sculpture, watercolour, printmaking, collage, oil, acrylic, and more.
A great show with something for everyone to love.
Please NOTE there is NO opening reception for this show.
Don’t forget to come in an see the show, it runs from Monday, Aug 8 to Saturday, September 10. The gallery’s regular hours are: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 12:30 to 5:00 pm. Any other time by appointment 902-VIEWING (843-9464).
Join us for another fun day of printmaking at Visual Voice.
Monotype is a very experimental and direct process of image creation through the use of printmaking equipment. You will not be creating an edition of multiples but instead remove ink from a plate with various rags, Q-tips, and brushes and found materials to create a single print. You may create up to 10 different images during this workshop using multiple colours as well as multiple layers.
You can come prepared with an image idea or spend the day experimenting with found materials with this much more direct and painterly printmaking technique. You do not need previous knowledge of printmaking to participate in this workshop. Please bring an apron or old t-shirt and any thin/flat found materials like dried leaves, thread, paper cut outs. If you can’t think of anything, not to worry, there will be materials supplied as well.
If the weather is forecast to be beautiful we are planning on setting up the workshop outside next to the gallery, in case of rain it will be inside the gallery space.
The instructor is artist and printmaker Maria Doering, who teaches at NSCAD and has taught 3 other workshops at Visual Voice. *Includes the use of a press!
Thurs, Aug 18 from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm for $75+tax per person
ALL materials included.
Lunch $8+tax extra (soup & half sandwich), or bring your own.
PreRegistration Required call 902-843-9464