Current Artists-In-Residence

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Jonathan Clark

Mixed Media

Jonathan Clark was born in Williamsburg, Virginia, and moved to Houston, Texas, in 1996. He graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2007. Since graduating, he has worked as an artist, artist assistant, installer, design consultant, landscape designer and gallery curator.

The concept of Jonathan’s work is based on a strong interest in mathematical principles and scientific theories. He uses patterns and techniques of problem solving—such as ratios, fractals, tiling, proportions and correlations between macro and microcosms—that are found in the natural world. The Divine Proportion is the bass-line equation for his creative process to unfold. Found in nature from the furthest stars to our fingertips, the Divine Proportion can be used as a tool for discovery and understanding of regenerative and harmonious forms.

Jonathan uses mostly multiples of familiar materials, such as pencils, Q-tips, and matches, to create objects that have the ability to expand to seemingly endless shapes and sizes.

“I have nurtured my craft to be an experience of balancing the relationship of parts to the whole. The viewer can relate to the concept of the art form based on his/her own interpretation, experiences and interests. Often, there is more to discover the closer you examine the piece.” His intent for using math and science as a template is to provide an opportunity to learn more about our connection to the radiance of things.

Jonathan has completed artist residencies at Darke Gallery in Houston and in Breckenridge, Colorado. He had his first solo show, “Ratio,” at Darke Gallery in 2013. He has exhibited large-scale works—made from thousands of pencils–at the Houston Public Library and has been part of group shows at Anya Tish Gallery and Assistance League of Houston at Williams Tower. He has created numerous commissioned pieces of art, from small-scale collections to large-scale outdoor installations.

During his residency at HCCC, Jonathan wants to continue to create new components for his art and provide a clear correlation among his interests in math, science and nature through craft. He looks forward to interacting with the public to further his connection with the Houston community. He will be with HCCC through August of 2015.

For more information, visit: http://www.jonclarkart.com/

Above, from top to bottom: Jonathan Clark. Photo courtesy the artist. Jonathan Clark, "Super Pencil," 2014. Pencils. 5.5 feet long x 3 feet wide. Photo by Marisa Brodie.

Natasha Hovey

Natasha Hovey

Clay

Natasha Hovey was born and raised in New Hampton, Iowa. She received her BFA from The University of Iowa in 2011 and recently received her MFA from The University of Wisconsin-Madison.

As a sculptor working in ceramics, Natasha is driven to explore the body’s internal systems at a microscopic level, utilizing the concept of the multiple through a slip-casting process. Curiosity of human physiology motivates her to explore the unfamiliar workings and genetic mappings within the human body, specifically her own genetic variations. Her work is influenced by historical anatomical imagery, as well as contemporary computer-generated models that abstract raw organic matter into two-dimensional form.

Natasha has recently exhibited work at the MANA Contemporary in Chicago and the Glassell School of Art at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She has been awarded the University Wide Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin, the Iowa Center for the Arts Council Award, and The University of Iowa Emerging Artist Scholarship. This past summer, she attended a ten-week residency at Sunday Morning @ European Work Center in the Netherlands, through NCECA’s International Residency Program.

She will be with HCCC from September, 2014, through August, 2015. To learn more about her work, please visit www.natashahovey.com.

Above, from top to bottom: Natasha Hovey. Photo courtesy the artist. Natasha Hovey, "6P° 21’ DQ2’’" (detail), 2014. Casted ceramic, cement, foam, paper, cable, hardware,wood. 2014. Photo by Jim Escalante.

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Sarah S. Mallory

Fiber

Sarah S. Mallory is a multi-media fiber and book artist who has spent the past year creating artwork for exhibition and publication across the country and in the New York area.

Born in Seattle, Washington, and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Sarah received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013.  Upon graduating, Sarah was the recipient of the Fred A. Hillbruner Undergraduate Fellowship for her achievements in book arts, as well as the William Merchant R. French Undergraduate Fellowship for her achievements in fiber and material studies.

Influenced by off-campus study at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History, Sarah began to infuse her book arts and fiber practice with the complex patterns, textures, and details of the natural world. By intricately cutting, layering, and stitching various colors of paper, Sarah creates illustration series, books, and large-scale installations that provide a whimsical lens into our surroundings on Earth and, occasionally, other fictional lands.

During her eight-month residency at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Sarah will continue to pursue her book-making practice and investigate “unbound” formats and larger scale installed-paper narratives influenced by the natural world. She will be with HCCC through August, 2015.  To learn more about her work, visit www.sarahsmallory.com.

Above, from top to bottom: Sarah S. Mallory. Photo courtesy the artist. Sarah S. Mallory, “Arctic Ocean,” 2014. Hand-cut paper. Photo by the artist.

Colette Spears

Collette Spears

Clay

Collette Spears hails from Indiana, where she received her BFA in ceramics and BA in psychology from Ball State University in 2014. She worked as an educational assistant at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts during the summer of 2013 and has spent time assisting renowned kiln builder, Ted Neal, with kilns for various clay studios in Indiana, Kentucky, California, and British Columbia.

In her work, Collette explores how art serves as a therapeutic expulsion for the body and mind through process. As someone who has worked to cope with generalized anxiety, finding a healthy outlet for excess energy is essential. She translates psychological tension into clay work, via carving, pattern and form, placing great emphasis on precision and craft. She explores concepts of perfectionism, connection, and vulnerability and is learning to embrace struggle as a critical part of a fulfilling, productive lifestyle. During her one-year residency, she will continue to develop a balance of pattern and form in her work, strengthen concepts, and hopefully find inspiration within the other artistic disciplines represented at HCCC.

Collette has exhibited nationally and was the 2014 NICHE Award Student Winner of the Ceramics: Sculptural category. She was also a NICHE finalist in two other categories and a Windgate Fellowship nominee. She will be with HCCC from September, 2014, through August, 2015. To learn more about Collette, visit www.collettespears.com.

Above, from top to bottom: Collette Spears. Photo courtesy the artist. Collette Spears, "Kitchen and Jar Set" (detail), 2014. Clay. Photo by Serena Nancarrow.

Rena Wood

Rena Wood

Fiber

Rena Wood is a fiber artist from St. Louis, MO. She received her BFA in fiber from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2006 and earned her MFA from the Department of Craft/Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013. While in graduate school, Rena received a graduate thesis assistantship and a research grant for travel to London to participate in a workshop at the Royal School of Needlework. Rena has completed artist residencies at the Craft Alliance Center of Art and Design in St. Louis, MO; Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN; and the Stephen Pace House in Stonington, ME.

Working primarily with textile materials and processes, Rena’s work “gives physical form to the ephemeral sense of memory.” Often using vintage materials, she combines her own history with that of a previous maker. “The time I spend working is marked by each stitch, each knot, and each repetitive act of my hands. I construct and deconstruct my materials to show a suspension between formation and falling apart, the acts of remembering and forgetting, and to represent time passing and time stopped.”

During her year-long residency at HCCC, Rena plans to expand her studio practice to develop large installations with textile materials and spend time on her labor-intensive stitched work. She will be with HCCC from September, 2014, through August, 2015. For more information, visit www.renawood.com.

Above, from top to bottom: Rena Wood. Photo courtesy the artist. Rena Wood, "Fabricated Perspective" (detail), 2014. Vintage lace, thread, felt. 9 x 8 feet. Photo by Rena Wood.