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SARAH KRIEHN & KATHY TAYLOR Dreaming a New World By Constance McBride Two art teachers were looking for a new project to tackle together. When one was approached to curate a group show at the Herberger Art Gallery, they talked it over and decided to do it together. The director gave the OK, and in return for their service, they were awarded a show of their own; hence, Dreaming a New World, an exhibition by Sarah Kriehn and Kathy Taylor. They had shown together before and recognized a common thread in the organic elements of their work, so they created a show with this commonality in mind. The result represents an exploration of ideas that they’ve both been mulling over for some time. Sarah Kriehn taught art for a long time before becoming a full-time artist. She worked primarily with clay and taught every medium but printmaking. In the mid oughts, she took her first printmaking workshop and quickly realized that this was the medium she wanted to explore. For her, the thrill was in the possibility of combining lots of familiar techniques into the making process. After a few more classes and renting space from another printmaker, she realized that she needed a space of her own. She had a studio built, invested in a press and honed her skills. Kriehn takes pride in doing it all. She taught herself how to mat, frame and photograph her work. She also started a blog that eventually led to having a website built. Before all this, she didn’t even own a computer. Kriehn creates etchings, collagraphs and monoprints that are rich in color and texture. To enhance her pieces, she utilizes a variety of finishing techniques, and each work ends up becoming one of a kind. At times, her artwork is minimal and fluid; other times, it’s all about repetition and geometric patterns. She follows convention and exhibits work in a traditional gallery setting but has also enjoyed exhibiting in alternative spaces, including a post office, medical school and airport. Kriehn has approached her practice as a business, and that mindset has served her well. Her work can be found in public collections including the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix, the Sam Fox School of Design at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale. Kathy Taylor’s practice includes making 3D works utilizing ceramic, wood and found objects, but her primary focus is mixed media on canvas. She begins by layering bits of paper and paint, then adds form and color until something emerges and becomes visible. From there, she follows what she sees and continues until she feels the piece is complete. Taylor uses spirit horses a lot in her work — to represent inner strength and power. She says they just appear on the canvas. Given a recent turn of events in her life, they are surely around to help her over this hurdle. In a case of what can only be considered a tragedy of bad luck and timing, early last month, Taylor’s house was burglarized and set on fire. Her cats 18 JAVA MAGAZINE

were injured and her home was left in ruins, with most of her belongings and some of her artwork damaged. Many friends came to her aid, and for that Taylor is extremely grateful. She is touched beyond words at the outpouring of love she received from the community. Luckily, most of her work was stored in her rented studio space she calls Studio 6020, where she also teaches art to adult professionals from other fields. Taylor exhibits in galleries throughout the Southwest and Northwest, as well as in Europe. Her work is in public collections including Chandler Center for the Arts, AT&T and Juhl Marketing Inc., in Arizona. She is a popular instructor; her Creative Development courses at Studio 6020 are always full. Layering is one of the common threads for both of these artists. Their practices are all about building up materials to convey the unseen. They want viewers to look deep for new discoveries. Up next for Kriehn is making a new series of work in the studio. For Taylor, it’s a five-week teaching gig in China. Dreaming a New World opens at Herberger Theater Art Gallery on Friday, April 7, with a free opening reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sarah Kriehn Veiled Violet, collograph, wood, resin, metal, courtesy of the artist Pine Cone, etching, courtesy of the artist Kathy Taylor Female Spirit Horse, ceramic, steel, 14” x 12”, 2013, photo courtesy of the artist Emergence #6 (Free Spirit) mixed media on canvas, 17” x 21”, 2016, courtesy of the artist Dreaming a New World April 7 through April 30 Herberger Theater Art Gallery 222 E. Monroe Street, Phoenix JAVA 19 MAGAZINE

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