HCCC is pleased to present Resident Artist Talks by Molly Koehn, Hannah Oatman, Angel Oloshove and Liz Robb, as part of our Saturday Salon Series.
Discover the artistic process of working craft artists at this afternoon event. Learn about the artists’ works of art, influences, processes, and materials. After the talks, explore the artists’ studios, where visitors are encouraged to ask questions.
HCCC’s Saturday Salon Series explores the many facets of craft through artist talks, curator-led discussions, demonstrations, and more.
Molly Koehn is an environmental artist from southwest Kansas. She received an MFA with an emphasis in fibers from Arizona State University (2017), and her current bodies of work carry on the delicate, expressive qualities of her background and BFA in drawing from Fort Hays State University (2013). Melding a practice of drawing, weaving, and sculptural installation, Molly’s work examines idealizations of nature. She responds to city landscaping and structure through material and construction, exploring why we choose to seemingly improve the aesthetic appearance of our surroundings by eradicating the “natural” in favor of the artificial. While at HCCC, Molly will explore Houston’s natural and built environments, creating works to better understand a place. Molly’s work has been published in Surface Design Association Journal; Expose; Shuttle, Spindle, and Dyepot; and many others. She has shown her work extensively in Arizona and Kansas and several other locations nationally. For more information on Molly’s work, please visit http://www.mollykoehn.com/
Hannah Oatman was born in Austin, Texas, but grew up primarily in Colorado. After attending Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and falling in love with jewelry making, she transferred to SUNY New Paltz, where she received a BFA in metal in 2017. She has exhibited in national and international shows and worked as a studio assistant for esteemed metalsmith, Myra Mimlitsch-Gray. Hannah’s current work explores the power of color and form using enameled copper, steel, and silver. Her colorfully enameled components, combined with stark black armatures, encourage an exploration of the surface and of the piece as a whole. She makes objects that are playful and curious, urging the viewer to handle and consider them as objects first and then as engaging adornments. During her nine-month residency, Hannah intends to continue her work in enamel, while experimenting with new techniques, in order to create a diverse body of work that appeals to a wide audience. For more information on Hannah’s work, please visit http://www.hannahoatman.com.
Angel Oloshove studied painting at California College of the Arts and later worked in graphic design and toy development in Tokyo. In 2009, she turned her focus to developing her studio practice in ceramic sculpture. Her work often experiments with painterly glazes to express feelings of transcendental experiences through form and color. She has balanced a fine-art practice of sculptural ceramics with having her own line of functional design pottery, which is stocked in design boutiques throughout the United States. Her exhibition, Floating Worlds, was selected as a “Critic’s Pick” for the April, 2015 issue of Artforum. In 2015, she was named one of “Ten Modern Ceramists Shaping the Future” by AnOther Magazine. Angel’s ceramic designs and artworks were shown at the inaugural Texas Design Fair at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. She has also exhibited at Gallery Hanahou (New York), Front St. Gallery (Oakland, CA), and several arts institutions across Japan. For more information on Angel’s work, please visit http://www.angeloloshove.com/.
Liz Robb’s art practice focuses on soft sculpture. Based in San Francisco, she works sculpturally to create textured surfaces and forms with natural materials such as wool, cotton, jute, and indigo. Currently, she is creating a new collection of work inspired by the colors, textures, history, and life in desert landscapes. After spending time in Joshua Tree, California, and Oaxaca de Juárez, México, she is looking forward to exploring and creating work influenced by the Chihuahuan Desert in Texas. This new collection will break the two-dimensional grid in favor of more fluid, three-dimensional concepts that consider negative space and light. She will be pulling from the extraordinary natural environment of the desert, layering ideas, imagery, sound, and traditional textile techniques such as weaving, wrapping, and dying. For more information on Liz’s work, please visit https://www.lizrobb.com/.