Ranae (Frogs, Latin)
Using the frog as an icon, we have embarked upon a largely unplanned adventure. We invite you to witness the migratory, transformative process of artmaking as we adorn three currently blank frogs. Throughout this journey, we hope to inform and enchant as we bicker our way along, weaving our various talents into a pristine, thought-provoking installation that will challenge the senses.
Anne John has loved frogs ever since she was a little girl. She spent her days playing beside a beautiful pond with three varieties of frogs. Walking through her garden only to find a frog hidden under a leaf was a magical experience for her. Frogs and other amphibians have porous skin and are so sensitive to pollutants in our ecosystems that they are the equivalent to a canary in a coal mine — warning us about dangerous changes in our atmosphere, water, and soil.
Cynthia Heise, a Minnesota transplant, is usually a 2D artist. Her paintings are meant to illustrate an imagined life in a graphic novel; however, for this installation she will be imagining a flight of flying frogs in 3D. A board member of Arts of Clark County whose work has appeared in galleries around the Pacific Northwest, Heise participated in the Arts of Clark County-sponsored Open Studios in 2015.
Anne John’s artistic roots began as a young girl growing up in Bellevue, Washington, where she had the unique opportunity to study under William Cummings and Liesal Salzer, who directly influenced her love of the painted figure. She attended three years at WSU Pullman, before moving to Vancouver where she continued her education at Clark College, PNCA, and Oregon College of Arts and Crafts. Between 1995 and 2002, Anne worked strictly in ceramics and sculpture, before returning to painting full time. She employs a narrative style, within a surreal framework. Her work is a commentary of contemporary issues, where she often uses humor as a mode of communication. Family members, pets and friends frequently find their way onto her canvases. Her surfaces comprise a multilayer of mixed media and transparent glazes. Anne has been active within the art community, as an instructor, jurist, and participating member of the Arts of Clark County. Her images are often featured in regional publications and newspapers. Public works may be viewed at the Fort Vancouver Visitors Center, The Kearny Breast Care Center (in both Longview and Vancouver), Peace Health Hospital, the Fort Vancouver Regional Library, and the Vancouver Community Library.
Kathi Rick: Born and raised in Seattle Washington I have been holding a pencil to a blank piece of paper ever since I can remember. I lived in Europe when I was 9 and 10 years old and went to every art museum I could wangle my parents into taking me to. Stand outs were the plaster death body casts of Pompeii and the black paintings of Francesco Goya at the Prado gallery in Madrid Spain, both of which have influenced my own art making and what I think the power of art and the link between life death and art can and should be forever after. I received a BA from the University of Nevada Reno with an emphasis on printmaking and photography, and an MA and MFA from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque in Fine Art Photography. Although my advanced degrees are in photography (a medium whose power still awes me), my MFA show introduced me to the joys of working in installation art. This show, The Daughters of Saint Catherine (a show addressing eating disorders, the cultural silencing of adolescent girls, and the patriarchal voice of authority) traveled nationally and was the invited opening exhibit at the newly refurbished CEPA Gallery in New York. Later installations have been Memento Mori, La Petite Mort, Imperfect Specimen and the infamous Pussy show. Thematically, fear, unease and injustice seem to lie at the heart of my creative self, with threads of rage, outrage and violence always ever present. Gender politics and socio-economic issues are also exceedingly important to me as a sounding board for the validity of my art making.