Moving Forward
Moving Forward is an exhibition pushing forward into new digital exhibition spaces in order to amplify plural artistic voices. As global dynamics are morphing daily within the post-pandemic paradigm, we have experienced seismic shifts - shifts in our relationship to distance, reevaluations of our relationship with what’s “essential, and a phenomenal shifting in our relationships with one another, catalyzed most recently by the fatal injustices against George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Rayshard Brooks killed principally for the fact of their Blackness. Although the theme was originally conceived in response to the COVID-19 public health crisis, this exhibition radiates healing power through exploring the state of possibility, and this healing remains vital to our ongoing collective struggles under the most palpable hegemonies of race, class, and gender. Moving Forward is a polyphonic and polyvocal conversation composed of artists living in the US, Taiwan, Greece, Italy, and the United Kingdom. - Zoma Wallace
 
 
About the Juror:
 

Zoma Wallace is an independent curator, published art writer, and artist from Washington, DC. She served the District of Columbia’s municipal government as its first curator for nine years while on staff at the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. While there, she contemporized the city-owned collection of fine art, began a robust practice of producing city-funded exhibitions for the specific benefit of District residents, and developed a new grant program to support emerging curators with funding and gallery space to realize compelling ideas. At the close of 2018, she decided to work independently in order to more effectively collaborate with artists to produce transformative and visionary projects. Zoma is an alumna of Spelman College, holds a Master of Fine Arts in painting from Howard University, and is currently working towards a doctorate in Art Theory & Philosophy at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA).

 

Exhibiting Artists:
 
We each experience art as we do the world, in a unique way, influenced by our countless interactions in the world that impact our evolving perspectives. Whether or not an artist’s inspiration or intended message is apparent, it is the viewer who must decide how any work of art impacts them. An abstract painting should be experienced, without preconceived opinions about what it should be. If the art touches their heart, moves them to smile, brings them a sense of peacefulness, helps them see the beauty of the world, conveys a meaningful message or otherwise transports or impacts them in a significant way, then they will have experienced it fully. "It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see." Henry David Thoreau
 
I began painting in mid-life after a first career in International Education and several years spent living and working in Japan.  I have studied and painted furiously for the past several years and committed to painting full-time in the Fall of 2019 with the establishment of my art business ArtworkbyIngrid.
 

I love painting, both plein-air and in my home studio.  My approach is to paint what makes me happy, or calls my attention, in a very loose and carefree style using bold brushwork.  I paint mostly in oils but in the Fall of 2019 I began experimenting with abstract acrylics. 

 

In creating I first try to connect with my subject, capture the energy of the place or living being, and transfer that into the painting itself.   I do not draw first but dive right into the painting and mold the shapes and colors as I move across the canvas.  As I paint I usually hold an intention for the painting, especially if a painting is meant for a particular person.   

 

​Most of my art inspirations relate to nature and a nostalgia for the homeplace. I often paint plein air scenes of the Washington D.C. area and I love the Virginia countryside; farms, barns, winding country roads, open space, trees, creeks, rivers and pastures. 

I live in Arlington with my husband and two teenage sons.

 
江峰 Jiang Feng is a non-gendered and multi-disciplinary artist working across-genres in movement/dance, theatre, performance art, voice, text, modeling, film, photography and theory. He attained her B.A. in English and Chinese literature from National Taiwan University in 2016. In 2019, they graduated with an M.F.A. degree in Performance and Performance Studies from Pratt Institute. They are the receiver of the R.O.C. Government Fellowship to study and research dance abroad and “Grants for 20-40-Year-Old Writers” from Ministry of Culture in Taiwan. In September 2019, her new work "臺彎 Bent-Tai(www)" won the "Genuinely Fringe" award, the third prize, in Taipei Fringe Festival.
 
Michelle Rinow is a London based designer with a Masters in Textiles (Knit) from the Royal College of Art.  Her designs are a cross-application of textiles, technology, and material futures.  Placing research and innovation at the core of her practice, she combines bold use of colour, material, texture and form with strong technical skill. Her design methodology places emphasis on human interaction, connection, and engagement through colour and materials.
 
Marian Willinger

I received my visual art training at the Washington Studio School in Washington D.C. and graduated from the Certificate Program in 2013. I retired from a career in biomedical research in 2017 and am working on art full time.  I am pursuing abstraction, with an emphasis on line and color, attempting to communicate the beauty I see and feel. Works from the Renaissance through Modern Art and indigenous Australian art serve as my inspiration and often as the basis of composition.  I have exhibited in several student and alumni shows at the Washington Studio School gallery and in the last two years in group exhibitions at the Yellow Barn Studio in Maryland.

 

Shana Gillette
Shana Gillette is a beginning artist who had her start with a drawing workshop at Glen Echo’s Yellow Barn two years ago. She credits the Yellow Barn instructors with giving her the confidence to put down marks and explore ideas in ink, oil, watercolor, and charcoal.
 
Julia Casimira Sacasa is a Latin American artist born in Washington, DC. Her abstract landcape paintings and wearable sculpture jewelry have been forming part of private art collections around the globe for more than two decades.
 
I grew up surrounded by books and storytellers. Each piece I create tells a story and invites others to tell their stories. Mountains of journals contain seeds that eventually flourish into various forms of artwork including: clay, textile, metal, collage, mixed media and wearable sculpture (jewelry). Dreams, nature, dance, yoga, travels, meditation and personal mythology influence all of my creations.
 

She has been a lifelong practicing artist; receiving her BA in Fine Arts, and launching a jewelry design and production business in NYC. She then took a hiatus from the professional art world, obtained a graduate degree in Information Systems Technology, and pursued a career in the corporate world. After working as a systems analyst for 15 years, she raised a family, and returned to the art world. She took her first glass fusing class in 1999, which ultimately led to her new career – she was completely smitten, and never looked back.

 

Janet specializes in creating nature inspired functional and sculptural glass art, as well as custom architectural glass in her home studio “Glass Habitat”.

 

“I’m strongly inspired by extremes of nature and geological phenomena. I’m intrigued, yet apprehensive by how my fellow humans choose to interpret the cause and future outcome of natural and man made cataclysmic events. I hope my work has the ability to engage the viewer, and spark reflection on the grandeur and fragility of our planet.” — Janet Wittenberg

 

Glass is a wondrous artistic tool.  It is both the controller, and yet, controllable, setting limits, conditions, properties, which, when understood and applied successfully, allow me much latitude in form and possibility of expression.  My art is message driven, providing me a way to comment, explore, recognize and challenge, without words. Success is achieving a dialogue with the viewer through my art.
 
A native of Washington, D.C., Michele began working in kiln-formed and lampworked glass in 2002 and has studied with many acclaimed glass artists in the US and Europe. In 2005 she established Trilogy Glass Art to explore and create both functional and non-functional glass art. In 2010, seeking the opportunity to teach kiln-formed glass, Michele joined the Art Glass Center at Glen Echo as a Resident Artist. She is also active in the National Capital Art Glass Guild and served as a director of the guild for several years. Holding degrees in Physics and Engineering, Michele has a special interest in the material properties of glass and spends much of her time experimenting and exploring its behavior and possibilities.

 

My work explores identity, control/chaos, deception/honesty. It examines the tension between one’s desire to create, control and project a sense of self—often in opposition to their internal reality. Some pieces explore emotional control and/or lack of control while other pieces explore the conflict between body and soul. An essential question being asked is, “how do we use our created identities to adapt and participate in society, to isolate ourselves and to utlimately attempt to control our environments, experiences and relationships.
 
The imagery, primarily created through intaglio and relief methods of printmaking, depicts bursts of intense emotion revealing glimpses of an interior, psychological landscape; as well as, being isolated in an interconnected society. Fluid line work, in varying widths and lengths, intermingle with shape and pattern to present moments of tension between stillness, uncontrolled expression and changing identities. Lines and shapes are echoed throughout a print to create a sense of movement, connection, continual adaptation and entrapment. Varying tones, with limited use of color also add to the chaos being depicted while helping to focus the viewer’s eye on select elements to construct a narrative. 
 
Hua Huang
Hua Huang is a photographer an freelance writer born in 1971 and started photography in 2001. His work has been included in:

June, 2019 - "Moments of Color" exhibition hold by Blank Wall Gallery in Athens,Greece.

August, 2019 -The 2nd Chania International Photo Festival, Chania, Crete, Greece.

December, 2019 - published photobook "Athens in the Shadow" on and reported by FTchinese.com

April, 2020 “Great,Big,Beautiful World”online exhibition hold by New York Island Photo Gallery,New York,USA.

April,2020 - published photobook "Wild Beijing"

 
Kanika Sircar
Kanika Sircar began to work in clay in the mid 1990s, making handbuilt vessels and wall tiles. Trained in anthropology, her multilayered surfaces contain words and diagrams, often faded and fragmentary, palimpsests of color, shape, and meaning attacked by time. She lives in Washington, DC and shows at Waverly Street Gallery (Bethesda, MD), Scope Gallery (Alexandria, VA), and in various regional and national group exhibitions. Reviews of her work include those in the Washington Post (10/26/18; 11/23/16 and 9/27/13).
 
Through handmade and custom-fabricated hardware, software, and enclosures, the electronic sculptures of Chris Combs respond to themes of surveillance, control, and algorithmic bias–and the viewer, using facial recognition and motion sensing. He works with a wide range of practices to create circuit boards, software, and enclosures for his sculptures, which both embrace and question technology.
 
Chris Combs is an artist and product manager based in Washington, D.C who creates provocative technology. His solo exhibition, Judging Me Judging You, at the DC Arts Center's Nano Gallery explored themes of surveillance and control, and his work Markov Radio was included in a one-day Sound Scene event at the Hirshhorn Museum. He was a photo editor for National Geographic for five years and has photographed autism, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and traffic cones. He is a graduate of the Corcoran College of Art + Design. You can find his work at chriscombs.net.
 
Giulia Spernazza (Rome, 1979) in 1998 graduated from the IV artistic high school "A.Caravillani" in Rome and in April 2008 she obtained the Academic Diploma in Decoration at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome.

Since 2011 he has been permanently exhibiting in Rome at the Galleria Faber, the first Galleria Spazio 120 and collaborates with the Galleria RvB Arts. In Bari with Vernice Art and in Forlì with Artistica snc.

 

Daniele Bongiovanni is an Italian painter. He was born in Palermo, Italy in 1986 and received a Bachelor (BFA) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) with honors at the Academy of Fine Arts of Palermo. Respectively with a thesis entitled ''Attraverso Kokoschka'', analysis of Oskar Kokoschka's Expressionism, and with a thesis entitled ''Bianco'', focused on a concept of deconstruction in western painting, from the 16th to the 20th century.

 

His painting focuses on the natural space and the human figure. His subjects, although inspired by the reality, have an idealized and rarefied configuration, characteristics motivated by a deep conceptuality. During his career he realizes several thematic cycles that he presents in museums and galleries in Italy and abroad. He exhibits also in numerous contemporary art events including the Venice Biennale.