2017 residency artists
Colleen Sullivan @ The W.O.R.K.S. with Thomas Wojak
In my CSP AIR of July-August 2017 with Thomas Wojak, I printed two large-scale screen prints under his guidance. His W.O.R.K.S. studio in Vallejo is efficiently outfitted for printmaking, and he was extremely generous in opening up his space, offering his materials and equipment to me, and sharing his time and knowledge with patience and enthusiasm.
The two prints I produced were challenging large, 30″ x 40″, editions of at least 10. They are part of my projected and ongoing series dealing with the endemic failings of our humanity and its consequent reverberations on a global scale; we are hurting each other and ourselves. One of these screen prints highlighted global financial inequality and its hopeless imbalance; the second focuses on gut-wrenching immigration issues growing out of racial discrimination and self interests.
In my travels I have been absolutely struck by the sheer volume, artfulness, and intelligence of street graffiti. I have incorporated some of these actual voices in this series through photographic reproduction. Some of the imagery is from historical records while some of it is my own art. These are the voices that rarely find their way into the upscale galleries and museums.
This opportunity has made a huge difference in my thinking and working as an artist. It opened up yet another avenue of possibility.