Weatherlore is a process of divination and exchange between human culture and environment, through which we attempt to predict the weather, and to decipher meaning from it in turn. Abstraction is another means of reciprocal exchange through which signs, symbols and materials conjure meaning and metaphor. My work captures the sightlines, spatial relationships, and color conjunctions where the land meets the sea. Through paper, cotton, and paint, I translate experiences of atmosphere and seascape into their most essential, distilled expression, creating formal objects that are embedded with fragments and traces of memory, as if sunwashed by time.
Shedding light on the role that research has in the life of an artist we explore the inspirations of Masters of Fine Arts Candidate Nicole Aponte, whose works are displayed along the concrete wall in the Simpson Library.
In her second and final year here at California College of the Arts, Aponte has spent time researching and writing her Masters Thesis. The Libraries’ Assistant Curator, Hannah Novillo Erickson, asked to present a small portion of her research alongside books of artists who have influenced her in this pivotal year.
Books on display include work by Mary Weatherford and Helen Frankenthaler.
1985 Martinez Hall mural, detail
completed 1985 Martinez Hall mural
1985 Martinez Hall mural, showing building details above.
1985 Martinez Hall mural in progress; Malaquias Montoya up on scaffold.
In progress Martinez Hall mural, 1981; student working from scaffold.
1985 Martinez Hall mural in progress, working on the linework.
In progress Martinez Hall mural, 1981; Malaquias Montoya at right.
Three views of the Bosch inspired Martinez Hall mural, which was completed in 1973 and lasted til 1975, in the rain.