Local artist Sue Cavanaugh may be masterful in the Japanese art of shibori — a family of traditional techniques used in dyeing cloth — but she’s taking her talents to Dresden, Germany.
This summer, the 2012 Greater Columbus Arts Council Visual Arts Exhibition at the Columbus Museum of Art celebrates the achievements of Cavanaugh and five other local artists who are recipients of the 2011 GCAC Individual Artist Fellowship Awards and Dresden Residencies.
Established in 1986, the Individual Artist Fellowship program has grown into a strong partnership between the museum and the arts council in recent years. The Dresden Residencies, meanwhile, are a cultural exchange with Columbus’ sister city.
“GCAC believes that individual artists are a very important part of the vitality of this city,” said Jami Goldstein, spokeswoman for GCAC. “Our partnerships with organizations like CMA help us build a stronger base for supporting the artists in the community.”
In addition to Cavanaugh’s intricately stitched cloth pieces, the show includes works by Jenny Fine, Robert Metzger, Laura Sanders, Suzanne Silver and Carol Snyder.
“… From Carol Snyder, who does exquisite porcelain vessels that are inspired by Midwestern landscapes, to Robert Metzger, who does what he calls ‘photoscapes’ that are abstractions made from both video and photography. There’s really something for everyone,” said Sarah Rogers, the museum’s deputy director for institutional advancement.
Suzanne Silver, an assistant professor at Ohio State University, uses gold leaf and another traditional material — newspaper — to play with ideas of censorship in “Untitled (Newspaper Series).”
Meanwhile, Jenny Fine, another Dresden Residency recipient, populates the gallery with a memorable cast of characters through her mixed-media works titled “Daddy” and “Grandmother.” The silver-haired subjects are her family members.
“Jenny Fine’s pieces set up these tableaus on the family farm. They are very personal. She uses photography to create intimacy and explore family relationships,” Rogers said.
Starkly contrasting the mature subjects in Fine’s photos are the bright, youthful faces in Sanders’ oil paintings — faces that Sanders describes as “defined and distorted by … the primitive glow of fire.”