THE ART OF PEACE
“The Art of Peace” is a collective of six Austin figurative artists including J. C. Amorrortu, Lawrence Jolly, Meena Matocha, Rhea Pettit, Kristi Standley, and Linda Wandt. Though the artists may have different styles (loose, alla prima to detailed realism), they do hold the desire to share a story through their art in common. They believe that this style of visual storytelling can mend a broken society and serve as olive branches extended to one another in peace.
"We believe that art truly does heal and can be used as a powerful force to unite that which has been torn asunder." — The Art of Peace Artists
Veronica Ceci is a Queer intermedia Artist based in Austin, TX, where she has worked as a Master Printer since 2004. The artist received her BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, certification from the Tamarind Institute of Lithography and completed her MFA at Kent State University. Ceci is the founder of the nonprofit organization, Flash Collective, which pays artists for their involvement in community art making events and pop-up exhibitions. Her current body of work, "Keeping House" reconfigures the viewer's relationship to the human element of institutional cleanliness by making undervalued labor conspicuous through intense materiality, repetition, iconography and live performance.
THE OTHER SIDE OF YESTERDAY
Lewis is an Austin-based artist and an emergency room nurse. Taught in the classical tradition of art and intrigued by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, he finds inspiration in Haiku poetry, minimalism, and the narrative that collage can offer. Much of his inspiration comes from looking through junk and used book stores in search of materials (primarily discarded books and magazines from the 1900-1960s). Lewis finds joy in the tattered and broken nature of these items riveting art pieces in and of themselves and the countless hours of cutting and application, cathartic. It's become his way to reflect, console, and forgive. The mixed media techniques used are traditional, but the stories he creates with them are new and touches on mythology, religion, relationships, and politics.