Bliss Home is pleased to present print maker, Callie Farmer Goss, for July’s First Friday. Bliss Home, located at 29 Market Square, will host an opening reception on Friday, July 4th from 6pm to 9pm. Complimentary Steamboat Sandwiches will be provided and Callie's art will be featured for the month of June.
Callie’s July exhibit will feature nature-inspired art that incorporates the techniques of both printmaking and gouache. Callie creates enhanced depth and movement with each piece by observing the colors, textures and patterns found in nature. While etching her plates, Callie has learned how to vary the size and scale to create another level of depth in her work. The awareness of Callie’s objective and added knowledge challenges her to achieve different levels of transparency and layering.
Learn more about Callie in our exclusive interview below or RSVP here!
Can you tell me a little about your background and what you are currently working on?
After these last three years developing and growing as an artist and an individual my style and ideas behind my work has changed. I began to experiment with working abstractly and combing various printmaking techniques but also painting techniques also. I intend to continue working abstractly but adding some intaglio plate drawing techniques to the mix. The consideration of the scale of my work is something I am taking seriously and thinking of going smaller. I do enjoy working on both paper and on wood paneling in my work.
Which piece are you most excited about for your upcoming First Friday show?
I couldn’t say that there is a specific piece that I am excited about because I am more excited the show as a whole. The individual pieces stand well on there own but seeing the visual impact of all the pieces together is beautiful. When putting my show together I wanted to assemble the pieces so they would read well in a group but also individually. Keeping in mind the colors and the visual movement in the pieces helped guide me in how to assemble the show.
Can you tell me about the theme for your show?
The theme for my show is relates to nature and my personal views of it. I am extremely interested in the various textures, colors, patterns and the process of how nature layers these various characteristics. This body of work is my personal visual expression of how I am inspired by nature and how I see the natural world around me. Something that sets this body of work apart from past series is that this series also has a humanistic quality to it from the actual printmaking layers to even the patterning having a “man made” quality to it.
This past year my husband joined and deployed with the army leaving me alone on Peoria Illinois to finish my Masters degree at Bradley University. I spent this year growing and developing who I am as a individual, an artist and a wife. Being with out my husband forced me to deal with my emotions and the idea of being on my own. I didn’t really have an idea of how much I missed him until I critique I had with my professor where he mentioned that my work was visually different from my past work how it had human and nature characteristics. Looking back on that critique and at my work I realized that my work had elements of my husband’s work and my husband in it. The more I created the better I felt and the better I began to understand my process and my artistic inspiration.
What do you like or dislike about your show? Any frustrations during production?
I would have to say out of everything I wish that I had better considered my frame size choice. The frame color and the wood type go well with my work but I feel the size could have been bigger to give more breathing space around the work. One of my favorite elements about my work would be the color usage and how all the work plays well together. My frustrations with my work was in the experimentation process of combing the printmaking techniques with the Gouache painting technique. Printmaking ink is oil based except for in silk screen where there are some water based inks but the gouache paint is water based to combing oil based ink with water based paint was hard. I had to work with the inking ratio of the additives so that the gouache and the chine colle’ would work well. That was the big frustration was combing the different disciplines to have a successful result.
What advice would you give young artists?
My biggest advice is to never stop making work, constantly experiment with different techniques. Also make new contacts, talk with different artists non stop. The art world is changing for the better in my opinion, forcing artists towards social media but to also become better verbal communicators. Always challenge yourself and your skills. Also try new things be risk takers what is the worst that can happen? Your idea doesn’t work, well at least you learned something from it. There is no such things as failures, pick yourself up and keep creating!!!
Who is your favorite artist? How do they influence your work?
Currently I have been looking into Rebecca Rutstein and William Holton, both work abstractly and have a strong use of color. Rutstein is influenced by similar natural elements such as myself. However our work does differ be the use of patterns and textures but also with color. Rutstein is a bit more limited in her color palette where with my work I have various hues, tones and tints with in my work. My work was influenced by Rutstein’s work and her use of pattern but more importantly how to successfully layer the various patterns and textures to create depth and spacial qualities instead of creating a muddy colored mess.