This March and April, guest artist Lisa Rybovich Crallé facilitated the second part of Hiding in Plain Sight, a two-part workshop exploring the theme of camouflage. Crallé's first workshop took place at Creativity Explored's second studio in 2015.
Studio artists worked with Crallé to create coordinating backdrops, t-shirts, and hats, and then donned their new gear for portraits. On April 10, participating artists shared the portraits with the studio, which were warmly received by artists and instructors alike. Artists praised the bright colors and whimsical patterns.
“The idea was to think about how we can inhabit our artwork,” explained Crallé. In her own work, Crallé creates tableaus and invites audiences to jump in and act out scenes or pose for still portraits.
“So many artists here are interested in repetition and patterns,” Crallé noticed, so she began this second part of her workshop by showing artists work by Keith Haring and Yayoi Kusama. Studio artists Elana Cooper and Marcus McClure became particularly engrossed in the project, finding ways to use layering and three-dimensional media to enhance the camouflage effect of their works.
Cooper expressed, “I did animals and my favorite color was purple.” She adds, “The best part was getting to wear my own t-shirt design.”
Vincent Jackson reflected, “This is not usually my thing, but I decided to try.” He is glad that he did and is particularly pleased with the portraits that Crallé manipulated with Photoshop. Jackson says that seeing the results have inspired him to try his hand at using computer software.
We are grateful for Crallé’s commitment to Creativity Explored and for this fun opportunity to experiment with making artistic habitats!
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