The Face of Intrigue: A Conversation with Tabitha Whitley

AV-Summer2015-TabithaWhitley_1 July 2015 Written by Jill Thayer, Ph.D. for ARTVOICES Magazine, Summer Issue “I believe painting something because you enjoy doing it is best reason to.” ~ Tabitha Whitley Growing up in New York City, Tabitha Whitley explores the cultural narratives of identity construction and interconnection. Her aesthetic sensibilities bring a confluence of fashion, science, and anthropology that […]

The Quotidian Landscape: A Conversation with Susan Stillman

June 2015 Written by Jill Thayer, Ph.D. for ARTVOICES Magazine, Summer Issue “Light has always been a major protagonist for me. The most ordinary scenes of everyday life are transformed by its evanescence, and something overlooked can momentarily turn into an image that demands to be captured.”       The landscape paintings of Susan Stillman are a confluence […]

Enraptured Visions: A Conversation with Carlos Luna

December 2014 Written by Jill Thayer, Ph.D. for ARTVOICES Magazine, Winter Issue Carlos Luna is an artist and storyteller whose emblematic themes engage fables and mysticisms, eroticisms and prejudices, religiosity, anthropology, and the socio-political contexts of life. His semiotic narratives depict not only his rich Latin American heritage, but also his take on the contemporary currents of […]

Synergy of Expression: A Conversation with Karrie Ross

See also: “A Catalyst of Meaning: The Art of Karrie Ross.” September 2014 Written by Jill Thayer, Ph.D. for ARTVOICES Magazine, Fall Issue “I paint with abandon, driven by a belief that centers around being connected through vibrational energy of the universe.” Karrie Ross believes that everything has a frequency, a mechanism that stimulates response. […]

Life Imitates Art: A Conversation with Alba Francesca

May 2014 Written by Jill Thayer, Ph.D. for ARTVOICES Magazine, Summer issue “Sometimes it starts by something as simple as a piece of fabric that triggers a memory.”      Alba Francesca Color-infused textiles of cotton and silk pieced into figurative narratives and geometric abstractions personify the life and multi-faceted career of Alba Francesca. Her work […]

Word Play: A Conversation with Tm Gratkowski

See also: “Tm Gratkowski: NOTHING SHOCKING.” December 2013 Written by Jill Thayer, Ph.D. for ARTVOICES Magazine, Winter issue “There became a point where art making became the career wasn’t about taking notes, it was about doing.”      Tm Gratkowski A stream of print media is captured, codified, and shared through the process-driven works of Tm Gratkowski. […]

A Conversation with Billie Milam Weisman: President and Director of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation

June 2012 Written by Jill Thayer, Ph.D. for ARTVOICES Magazine, June/July issue A number of years ago, I had the privilege to work with curator Billie Milam Weisman during my master’s thesis in presenting the exhibition Made in California: Selected Works from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation at the Todd Madigan Gallery at California State University, Bakersfield. The […]