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Kathy Wen (left) working with Alison Pebworth (right)
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CE Artist in Residence Alison Pebworth

Posted on August 4, 2016

During her residency (April 25 through September), Creativity Explored Artist in Residence (AiR) Alison Pebworth is taking art lessons from Creativity Explored artists! Participating artists include Peter Cordova, Charles Cruz, Camille Holvoet, JD Green, Vincent Jackson, Hung Kei Shiu, Ka Wai ShiuKate Thompson, Kathy Wen, Gerald Wiggins, and Yang "Buurin" Yu-Zhen.

As a fun twist, studio artists are teaching Pebworth how to draw or paint in their own unique style. Then Pebworth and the Creativity Explored artist create potraits of each other. The improvisational nature of Pebworth's residency enabled her to work with many studio artists in an open ended format.

Pebworth explains, "the best part of working with people is getting to know their style and how they make marks." Working with Charles Cruz was particularly inspring for Pebworth. She mirrored the way in which Cruz holds his pen which allowed her to work more freely and succcesfully capture his signature style. 

Pebworth and participating artists are now working on a communal drawing project inspired by Gerald Wiggin's own drawing of a face on the studio table butcher paper. Setting up a large piece of paper on the sidewalk outside of Creativity Explored, artists take turns drawing shapes in which a second artist uses the outlines of the shape as the contours of a face. Passersby are invited to participate in this group drawing excersize, furthering the social component to her residency. 

About working at Creativity Explored, Pebworth says, “It’s very much about the different forms of communication because you’re dealing with people who have all different communication levels. You can sit down, have conversations, and learn from people that are non-verbal. As an artist, that is an interesting practice to do the non-verbal forms of communication. Art is the means of communication and brings art to the forefront. We often fall back on language to express ideas or techniques, so removing language from the equation and learn how to communicate in new ways pushes the artist. I’ve always found that Creativity Explored encourages other forms of communication. This is ultimately what art is – alternative forms of communication."

Completed artworks on view in the Creativity Explored studio
Artworks by Kate Thompson and Alison Pebworth
Artworks made with Peter Cordova (top) and Yolanda Ramirez (bottom)
Artworks by with Camille Holvoet (top) and Buurin Yu-Zhen
Art by Yolanda Ramirez (top) and Ka Wai Shiu (bottom)
Artwork made with Hung Kei Shiu
Portraits by Alison Pebworth (left) and Kathy Wen (right)
Communal face drawing outside the Creativity Explored studio
Communal face drawings
Artists working on the exterior Creativity Explored wall

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