Artists

Fall 2019
August 29 – February 3

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Hayley Morrison

“Born and raised in the Beehive state, Hayley has since lived in Chicago, Santa Fe, Sydney, and Austin. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Brigham Young University in 2008 and has created custom murals across the Wasatch Front, contributed to Comic Con San Diego and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, led Dancing Moose Montessori’s Art Program, and shown in a variety of group and solo exhibitions.” –Hayley’s Artist Bio, http://www.hayley.co/about-hayley

Statement

My work deals with the formation of core beliefs and discovery of new truths that have the power to change us. Each newly-discovered truth comes with a decision to accept and incorporate it into one’s beliefs or reject it and persist in existing beliefs. Truth can lead the open mind through a personal evolution that contributes to a more accurate and sympathetic world view.

Discovery, truth, and belief disruption take shape in my work as surreal settings of disparate styles. Elements of the natural landscape, vintage children’s books, sacred geometry, and my imagination as well as a variety of techniques and media such as monoprinting, paper marbling, spray paint, watercolor, acrylic, oil, and collage coalesce to unfold a reality that is reflective of the curiosity, intensified perspective, and playfulness of the impressionable mind.

 

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Rebecca Dias

Rebecca Dias graduated from Scripps College in 2010 with a B.A. in Humanities: Interdisciplinary Studies in Culture, Concentration: Issues of Globalization. She is currently working on her M.A. in Business Design & Arts Leadership through Savannah College of Art and Design. Since graduating from Scripps College, Rebecca has lived in Shanghai, China where she became a founding member of Basement 6 Art Collective and taught art in several capacities both in the states and abroad. While she has enjoyed these experiences, Rebecca is ready to focus on expanding her platform and portfolio as professional artist.

During her residency at the Horlock Art Gallery, Rebecca hopes to expand her portfolio, learn more about gallery operations and representation, and advance platform as a professional artist. Rebecca is excited to use her role as a Navasota Artist-in-Residence to promote arts within the Navasota community, and to support the Horlock House and Arts Council of Brazos Valley.

Artist Statement

In my acrylic and water-based media paintings, I seek to bring a viewer’s subconscious experience to a conscious reflective surface through presenting a tension of abstraction and form. For purely abstract paintings, this tension may emerge through color, shape, size, or texture of visual elements. For abstraction of recognizable forms, visual elements contrast with a habitual or expected experience of a recognizable subject to engage the viewer’s perception at an emotional or spiritual level. I allow my own experience during the painting process to direct the flow of paint and composition, through factors such as motion and method of paint application. In showing up to my own blank canvas, I become a child again. The final product is a tangible, reflective expression of my own conscious and subconscious experience during the painting process, in a form accessible to viewers as a childlike invitation to their own reflective experience.

 

Caroline Faye

Shortly after graduating from Washington University in St. Louis, Caroline Faye became represented by the Grove Gallery in Miami, Flordia. She has since collaborated with the renowned artist Hernan Bas and participated in the famous exhibition Context: Art Miami. She hopes to use the close proximity to the other artists as a means to facilitate creative collaboration.

Artist Statement

Each of my paintings is created through an amalgamation of source materials ranging from 1960s Italian sculpture, to sinuous excretions from a 3D pen, but with every work I aim to expand my inspirations and knowledge base. As a resident, I hope to create 8-10 large-scale abstract oil paintings, whose base layers respond to the colors, forms, and ideas that surround me both in the museum and in the small but culturally rich town of Navasota. I aim to transmogrify these paintings and my surroundings through layering and transparencies that mitigate, emphasize, or alter juxtaposed information, and explore the ways the discordant can become harmonious.

This notion is integral to me as a painter on the autism spectrum. I have explored how the functions of my disorder translate into paint through a conflation of intuitive mark-making and behavioral introspection. However, the transformation of paintings in connection to my own functionality occurs not in a vacuum, but in conversation with how others relate and take up space. I hope to use the close quarters and opportunity to work amongst two other artists to facilitate collaboration and conversation, accelerated and inspired by the remote, focused setting.

It is my hope that this will provide me with the opportunity to deepen my work’s consideration of others’ artistic hands and psychological operating spaces. I hope to make work that celebrates idiosyncrasy and considers a variety of perspectives in doing so.