Ten Northwest artists explore Global Warming through paintings, sculpture, installation and video, each focusing on varying topics of climate concern: rising water, food systems, colonization, environmental pollution, and microplastics. The exhibition Fibonacci Footprint runs from February 9 through April 11 at Bellevue College Gallery Space this winter. The exhibit provides insight into the causes of global warming and what we can do to help heal the planet.
Fibonacci Footprint approaches this new reality through the lens of art. Artists can say what scientists can’t. They bring feeling to the facts, translating data into knowledge, which in turn empowers change. This exhibit unpacks the difficult data, each work the result of thoughtful research aligned with passionate feeling. Some works were built through ongoing dialogue between artists and biologists, geologists and psychologists, some done in active collaboration with these scientists.
Soft Opening: February 5, 2024
Opening Reception: February 15, 2024 (4:00 – 7:00 pm)
Closing reception: April 11 (4:00 -7:00 pm)
Friday 9:30AM -1:30
Melinda Hurst Fry
Holly Ballard Martz
More about the artists-
Melinda Hurst Fry
Melinda Hurst Frye photographically celebrates the ecology of the Pacific Northwest region, with the goals of providing visual evidence of the cycles of the forest floor, bearing witness to the understory, and bridging the poetry of art with biological sciences. To intentionally slow down her own seeing, Hurst Frye often works with a flatbed scanner as a camera which also allows for space and time to connect with the ecology of her surroundings. Melinda lives with her family adjacent to an urban forest in Kenmore, Washington, and is represented by J. Rinehart Gallery in Seattle, Washington.
Kite Arner (they/them or she/her) is a Seattle based artist whose work centers on change, stillness, and transformation; exploring these through composed collections of foraged and found natural materials, bronze casting, wax and wood. Many of their current projects arise from putting natural objects through transformational processes. Kite has a deep appreciation for the beauty found in living nature and is particularly fascinated by the effects natural forces have on animals, plants, and the environment. They believe there is great breadth and commonality in the ways we as people relate to the natural world finding connection, beauty, and metaphor that allows us to share the
unutterable, the sacred. Apart from their own practice, Kite is a shop technician at Bellevue College in the sculpture and
three-dimensional design studio. And teaches Bronze Casting at Pratt Fine Arts.
Holly Ballard Martz
Holly Ballard Martz is a multi-disciplinary artist who makes conceptually based sculptures and installations. Through the transformation of familiar objects, she challenges societal norms and power structures while simultaneously encouraging viewers to question their perceptions. Known for her meticulously crafted work, Martz often addresses difficult or controversial subject matter under the guise of beautifully fabricated and embellished pieces. Martz has exhibited extensively and her work is held in many prominent collections, including the Gates Foundation, the City of Seattle, and the University of Washington. Her monumental installation danger of nostalgia in wallpaper form (in utero)has been exhibited in multiple museums and is on display at the Gates Foundation through December2023 as part of Designing Motherhood. She is the recipient of a McMillen Foundation Fellowship, an Artist Trust Grant for Artist Projects, a Seattle Office of Arts and Culture City Artist Grant, and she was a2022 Neddy Artist Award Finalist.
Debbie is a Canadian artist who exhibits internationally. Informed by current issues and events, her work strives to reveal hot-spots and states of precariousness, expose our complicity, and challenge how we function as humans. In 2011 Tuepah received an honours BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design (ECU),prior to which she held a lengthly career in marketing. Awards of note include the 2011 ECU Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence and Outstanding Work, and with artist Roxanne Charles, their work Bearing Witness contributed to Surrey Art Gallery’s 2019 Canadian Museum Association Award in Indigenous Contemporary Art Education.
Amanda Manitach is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist, writer, and curator based in Seattle, WA. The homeschooled daughter of an evangelical minister, she grew up in Kansas and Texas where she spent interminable Sunday mornings drawing pictures on the backs of church bulletins, and eventually went on to earn a degree in literature from Oral Roberts University. Her visual art merges a love of drawing and language in large-scale works on paper and other media that utilize text as playground, producing messages at turns lyrical, mischievous, provocative. In addition to visual art, Manitach has worked extensively as an arts writer, with seven years as visual arts editor at CityArts Magazine. She has co-founded and co-directed multiple artist-run galleries in Seattle, and served as curator at Seattle University’s Hedreen Gallery from 2013-2015. She is represented by Winston Wachter Fine Art in Seattle and New York.
Bio: Beverly Naidus has a multi-faceted creative practice that keeps responding to what is happening her life, her dreamtime, and the traumas impacting her community and the planet. Whether looking at the ecological crisis, transforming grief and despair, or exploring visions of the world we can create together, she has been committed to raising consciousness through her internationally recognized work. She loves to play with scavenged materials and to collaborate with others creating interactive interventions in the community. After decades of teaching art as a subversive activity, she has left neoliberal academic institutions to facilitate workshops as an independent and write a book about creative emergent strategies.
Born in Solana Beach California, Cara Jaye lives and works in Bellingham WA where she is Professor of Art at Western Washington University. She received her MFA from the University of Colorado in Boulder, and her BFA from Parsons School of Design in New York City. She studied printmaking at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France as part of her undergraduate education. Jaye is multi-faceted artist whose practice is rooted within drawing and expands into various techniques including encaustic painting, collage, conventional and alternative photographic processes, printmaking, and embroidery. She considers drawing her first and primary medium – she loves drawing for its immediacy and intimacy of marks placed directly on the page.
Jaye is interested in examining ideas of process, classification, reproduction, and perfection. Treading the line between the apparent and the ambiguous, the beautiful and grotesque, Jaye enjoys working with re-occurring dichotomies. Building work of a diverse nature, she crosses into various subjects and material concerns. Themes in the work move between notions of environmentalism, consumerism and the picturesque. She examines the intersectionality of femininity, portraiture, authorship, and identity, and finds subtle affinities between these interactions
The work of Lucia Enriquez is influenced by immigration, pre-colonial cultural studies, family history and the transformative effect of being in nature. Trained as a printmaker using traditional materials, she now includes digital painting and other applications that emulate particle interactions and wave forms to create images. Her work evokes journeys and the mysteries of nature and dream. Her work has been shown in galleries in Washington including COCA, Whatcom Museum of Art, the Museum of Northwest Art and in other galleries throughout the U.S.
Mary Coss is an interdisciplinary artist known for her monumental sculpture and multimedia installations. Born in Detroit and based in Seattle, Coss received her MFA from Syracuse University, Dept. of Experimental Studios. This hybrid sculpture/media program inspired a life-long commitment to create cross disciplinary socially conscious work. Coss’ extensive exhibition record spans galleries, museums and sculpture parks. Honors and recognition include awards, residencies, and grants such as NEA, Ford and Puffin Foundations, 4Culture, and Artist Trust. She has built international partnerships through exhibitions, residencies and cultural exchanges in Canada, Italy, Ireland, Guatemala, Stockholm, and Turkey. She is cofounder of METHOD Gallery.
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Nichol Devoy (he/him) works across diverse disciplines, from traditional media to generative digital and video installations. His self-taught journey began around 2006 in San Francisco with photography and illustration and further developed in 2012 when in Vancouver BC studied interactive arts and technology at Simon Fraser University with independent study in painting and darkroom arts. He currently works from his studio in Seattle and serves as director and curatorial lead for METHOD Gallery. From concept to material his practice is deeply inspired by social and environmental sustainability often being made from salvaged or recycled waste.