ARTWORK AT THE SALON
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Allison Parker Shockley
Allison Shockley is an Atlanta based multi-media artist who has been making and exhibiting drawing, painting, sculpture, and photography in various galleries in Atlanta and nationally since 1998. She received her B.F.A at the Atlanta College of Art and her M.F.A. at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Shockley’s recent drawings and sculptures feature free-flowing organic forms that seem to be caught in a moment of flux. Although the forms may contain both plant and animal signifiers, they are not intended to represent any particular life form – instead, they are intended to serve as a metaphor for what it is to be alive - to be in a constant state of growth and change. The sculptural work in particular uses the forms to explore the state of being contained and the action of breaking free form that containment.
I’ma creative director and full-time artist. The form of my work follows function and as such, it includes painting, printmaking, drawing, graphic art, book art, sculpture, performance art and installation. I find inspiration in can openers, paper clips, Newton’s laws of motion, moon shine (no, not moonshine – although that’s an interesting thought), beautiful mistakes, and being told I can’t do something. Wind chimes make no sense to me but skydiving does. I subsist mostly on carrots and humus, crunchy bread-thingies and the occasional coconut popsicle – fuel for long runs and marathon art-making sessions. Great cappuccino and cantucci will do the trick, too. If I wasn’t making art, I’d be making donuts. Lemon-filled powder sugar to be exact.
Feedback is welcome and encouraged. Coconut popsicles, too.
Sabre Esler an Ohio native, graduated from Miami University with a BFA and graduated from SCAD in 2015 with an MFA in painting. She has been painting since the early 1990’s and is best known for her dreamscapes. Her current body of work is explores the architecture of thought. Thoughts have structure based on layers of truth seeking experiences. The work explores the metaphors “brain storm”, the “spark of an idea” and “having your head in the clouds” and the concept of “emotional intelligence”. Her vivid palette, impasto textures and expressionist spirit result in energetic canvases that reflect the emotional aspects of human psychology.
One of Georgia’s most exciting emerging artists, Sabre’s works are cutting-edge fresh. The artist, who is greatly influenced by the Abstract Expressionists, knows the importance of line and the energy and spontaneity it brings to a painting. Sabre loves texture and achieves it in novel ways, from carving through layers of paint on the canvas to using multiple mediums with multiple applications into her compositions.
Savonna Nicole Atkins
Savonna Nicole Atkins is an Atlanta-based painter and mixed-media artist. Through abstract paintings and sculptures, Atkins explores self-concept, competition for social validation, and the necessity for connection. Non-objective embroidered textile work and paintings are filled with layers of sculptural marks and embellishment. Specific mental states and personal memories fuel the creation of the forms.
Born in Annapolis, Maryland, Atkins grew up attending Young People’s Studio classes at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. Atkins later moved to North Carolina to attend the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where in 2011 she received a B.A. in Recreation Therapy with minors in Studio Art and Psychology. Atkins continued her art education in Atlanta, Georgia, where she received an MFA in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Atlanta in 2015. Her work is in the SCAD Savannah and SCAD Hong Kong permanent collections as well as in other private collections throughout the Southeast.