Born in Alabama and raised in Florida, John Westmark is a painter whose large-scale works incorporate store-bought paper sewing patterns collaged directly on the surface. Populated by figures cut and shaped from the patterns, Westmark’s paintings create mythical narratives, much like folklore cut from the fabric of human experience.
South Carolina artist Aldwyth has worked in relative seclusion for several decades. She creates intricate collages and assemblages, often monumental in scale, from found objects, appropriated images, text, and other elements. In 2009 Aldwyth was honored with a major one-person traveling exhibition organized by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston.
Brian Dettmer is known for his detailed and innovative sculptures created from books and other forms of antiquated media. He begins with existing books that he seals and then dissects with knives, tweezers, and surgical tools, to reveal words and images that reinterpret the book’s original conception. Dettmer has exhibited widely and currently lives and works in Atlanta.
Young Kim creates site-specific installations from salt and earth that are inherently fragile and temporal, symbolic of our own existence on earth. His artistic process entails using red clay to silkscreen photographic portraits onto meticulously arranged salt-covered surfaces. A native of Korea, Kim currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Elon University in North Carolina.
North Carolina artist Bob Trotman creates wooden sculptures depicting office workers dressed in business attire. Often posed in unexpected ways, Trotman’s figures convey the humor, anxiety, and even absurdity of life as an office professional. Trotman’s work is included in numerous public collections including the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the North Carolina Museum of Art.
Image credits (L to R): “Kudzu Queen” (detail), 2013, by John Westmark, acrylic and paper sewing patterns on canvas, 74 x 60 inches, courtesy of the artist. “Parler Femme” (detail), 2011, by John Westmark, acrylic and paper sewing patterns on canvas, courtesy of the artist. John Westmark in his studio.