Maryellen Hains Artist - Glass Fiber


Images from Show

badger thumbnail boyle thumbnail dunn thumbnail dunn thumbnail
dunn thumbnail faust thumbnail finnegan thumbnail genteman thumbnail
genteman thumbnail hazel thumbnail hazel thumbnail koning thumbnail
maguire thumbnail maxey thumbnail maxey thumbnail mergen thumbnail
mergen thumbnail payne thumbnail payne thumbnail payne thumbnail
riegel thumbnail seaman thumbnail stroupe thumbnail stroupe thumbnail
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Inspired by Tools of the Trade

Carnegie Art Center, Three Rivers, MI, June – August 2010
Artists take their inspiration from a host of sources internal and external, personal and universal,
sacred and profane. . . but one of the many things we have in common is a “connectedness”
with the tools that we use to explore ideas and create our work.

For this exhibition, I asked a group of Kalamazoo area artists to consider their tools in a more conscious way,
to allow their imagination to dwell on the things they use on a daily basis to create their work,
to look at the tools they may take for granted in a new way. . .

Show Statement

 Paul Mergen, Tool Landscape

Paul Mergen, Tool Landscape, copper images

I am a visual artist and teacher by temperament and practice. I am an object maker by heritage and training.

I use concepts, materials and images to make art a reflection of my own treasured life and visual experience. I use hand tools mostly to make very small objects. They permit more intimacy for me, bringing more clarity and satisfaction; allow me to stay close to the organic forces of materials: the gestures, proportions, surfaces and sounds of a world we all share.

I believe in the elemental themes of our human experience. Stone, bone, fiber and seed. Blade, pipe, disk and bundle. I believe in the quest for one another. Also the quest for food, shelter, vacations and tools. I believe in visual language, commemoration, paper, string and other expression of memory.

I wish for meaning and wholeness. I wish that materials, ideas and connections of all kinds come together with both purpose and surprise. I wish for a notion of perfection that goes beyond the expectation of regularity and a smooth surface. I wish for continuity of the inside and the outside.