Artist: Christina Kwan Location: Atherton Square-Side wall About the Artist: Christina Kwan is an Atlanta-based artist known for her abstract and floral works on paper. Her interest in creating art began from a young age and was always, for her, considered a natural pursuit that was secondary to her academic achievements. It wasn't until college that she realized she couldn't deny the power of her passion. She continued to develop her voice through drawing, painting, and experimental installations inspired by floral imagery and the fragility of human relationships. Christina is now a freelance media and creative consultant, in addition to being an artist. She continues to explore imagery that moves the spirit through calligraphic strokes, fluid movement and precise marks. Website: christinakwanart.com
Artist: Leigh Ann Culver Location: Trailside wall of 31 Mill Street Building About the Artist: Leigh Ann Culver grew up in the Southeastern United States. Born in Florida, she moved to Atlanta Georgia in her adolescence. The historical and cultural significance of the American South, in its varying attributes, has greatly influenced and shaped Culver’s work.
In her mural, Interwoven, Culver tells the story of the Civil War from women’s point of view. The woman on the left was inspired by Susie Baker King Taylor, who was an enslaved woman from Georgia who escaped to freedom and taught other enslaved people. She organized a school for the children on St. Simon’s Island, became a combat nurse, and a social activist. Of Taylor’s depiction Culver says, “I tried to get a likeness in the portrait but I also wanted to keep the subject anonymous so that she can represent free women of color in general.”
The woman to the right is one of the Roswell Mill women who were working in dangerous cotton mills during the war, captured by the North as prisoners of war and taken away from their homes, most of which never returned.
Interwoven represents the hardships shared by both communities. The subjects are portrayed as strong and confident women. Culver tries to depict every detail, flaw and emotion as she tells their stories through her art. The two women are pulling on a loose thread from their dresses causing it to unravel into a pool of strings that flow from the bottom and spill out onto the surface of the arch. This is symbolism for an 'undoing' of the past, the string of time that connects us coming undone to then weave a new start.
Using life-like detail, Culver creates large scale, charcoal drawings of people with untold stories. She is fascinated with historical photographs, and how one still moment can translate the story and emotion of human life. By examining human life across spans of time and space, she has found common threads of struggle, love, pain, and courage that tie us all together. Through exploring the diversity of people, Culver uncovers human unity. -by Gina Duncan Website: www.leighannculver.com
Nature is Watching You
Artist: Angie Jerez Location: Trail-side wall of Two Birds Taphouse About the Artist: Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Angie Jerez moved to the United States 7 years ago, and since then she has been transitioning from design to illustration and painting. Jerez fell in love with the amount of art exposure that Atlanta has. She creates drawings with detailed line work. Jerez draws everyday objects and random abstract subjects surrounded by organic shapes. Sometimes they reflect memories and random silly ideas, sometimes a little bit of her South American culture. Website: www.angiejerez.net
If You Don't Stop, Then You Won't Get Caught
Artist: Matthew Mederer Location: Hansell Street-Side Wall at House of Lu About the Artist: Matthew Mederer is a solo artist based in Chicago who has painted murals for 19 years. He primarily works in the styles of realism and surrealism.
Artist: Lindsey O’Shields Location: Mil Street Wall at GMDT About the Artwork: For 6o years little dancers with dreams of one day dancing on Pointe have taken ballet classes at Georgia Dance Conservatory (GDC) on the Square. Marietta artist Lindsey O'Shields has three daughters and friend's children who have taken classes with Ms. Irene, Ms. Kathy, Ms. Ellen, Ms. Ashleigh or the other dance teachers at GDC. O'Shields took this passion and the dedication of the young dancers at Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre, the non-profit dance company, housed within GDC, as inspiration for her mural, En Pointe. Website: www.ironthistlestudio.com
Artist: Donna Barnhart Location: Trail-side wall of Kiosco Colombian Restaurant About the Artist: Donna Barnhart is a non-representational artist who expresses herself using a variety of media, including acrylic paint, collage, inks, and pencils. Her art embraces the use of bold contrasts and energetic lines. As a resident of Marietta, Barnhart loves seeing the expansion of the art community here, and is excited to be a part of it in such a big way this year.