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Caroline R. Kaufman

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Caroline R. Kaufman

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Caroline Kaufman’s work investigates craft as it relates to human relationships. A visceral process-based practice with fiber explores the interaction between color, texture, and pattern. This process considers the unconscious ways we create as children, investigating how these childlike unadulterated ideas develop through community and aesthetic influence.

Through her art, Caroline examines nostalgia, childhood methods of creating, and the way in which memory shape shifts over time. Caroline taps into her synesthesia as well as an instinctual relationship with color to translate daydreams into abstract color patterns. Each piece is composed by painting with fiber — weaving and knitting layers of yarn through fabric — allowing the material and color process to dictate the design.

Recently, this practice has expanded by experimenting with a new piece of equipment: an antique tufting gun. At Varda, Caroline will use this tool to knot fiber through a monks cloth backing on a large frame loom, taking her love of ‘painting with yarn’ to a new level. The tufting process uses a large amount of material. In an effort to minimize waste, most of the materials used come from the dead-stock of several local factories.

@crosekauf


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Yelena Bryksenkova

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Yelena Bryksenkova

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Yelena Bryksenkova is an illustrator and fine artist working primarily with acryla gouache. Her work is inspired by quiet moments and the comfort of everyday objects, as well as more magical, mysterious and melancholy themes.

Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, Yelena studied illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, Czech Republic. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

Yelena has illustrated various books for children and adults, most recently The Happiness Passport by Megan C. Hayes and Light Filters In, a book of poetry by Caroline Kaufman. She is currently working on a picture book biography of Mary Shelley. Her publishing and editorial clients include Chronicle Books, Abrams, Penguin Random House and the New York Times.  

During her residency at VAR, she plans on keeping a visual diary about her month in Northern California with the objective of re-discovering the habit of drawing for pleasure. She also plans to use the time and space provided by the residency to collect ideas for an illustrated book of her own.


For more info, visit https://www.yelenabryksenkova.com/


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Ai Makita Returning Artist

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Ai Makita Returning Artist

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Ai Makita is an artist working with oil painting and digital media. Her recent works have focused on making organic images by using inorganic motifs such as metal. She sometimes uses optical illusion in her painting.


Ai Makita lives and works in Tokyo, where she received a MFA from Tokyo Art University.
Ai Makita is a recipient of 18th Taro Okamoto Award 2015, she won a grant from Pola Art foundation and participated in Residency Unlimited 2017. Ai Makita has exhibited in Consulate General of Japan in New York in May 2017, she was featured in Fuji Sankei Communications at the time.


During her residency at the VAR program, Ai Makita will deepen the idea of the relationship between the organic and inorganic by combining the reflections of metallic objects and seascape in her painting.

You can read an interview featuring Ai Makita here: http://leafbox.com/post/182585461040/interview-ai-makita

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