The upcoming exhibition NOVA, opening November 10 with a preview and benefit event at 691 West Whitehall Street, will showcase the work of the seven new Atlanta-based resident artists of The Creatives Project.
Through its residency program, TCP provides visual artists with two years of studio space at the Goat Farm Arts Center. In exchange for housing and training, the selected artists serve as mentors and teachers through TCP’s Community Arts Program.
The 2018–20 resident artists, who joined TCP in January — Jessica Caldas, Andrew Catanese, Adam Forrester, Maria Korol, Sara Santamaria, Zipporah Camille Thompson and Kristan Woolford — will show their work together for the first time in the upcoming exhibition. Saturday night’s benefit event raises money for the expansion of TCP’s residency program via the “ARTFORCE” housing at the Academy Lofts at Adair Park.
“Currently, I am focused on the daily lived experiences of women; their triumphs, their struggles, and everything in between,” says 2018–20 resident artist Jessica Caldas. “Drawing on personal narratives, collected stories, literature, and social movements, I have built a body of work which explores the complicated spaces, both personal and public, that women inhabit and move through.”
“Uprooting and ceaseless change have been constants in my life,” says Argentinian-born artist Maria Korol. “I find impetus for my artwork in the metropolis, especially in Latin America, and the yearning to know cities I don’t live in. I try to imbue my drawings with a sense of search and discovery, and the enthusiasm I feel when moving around Latin America.”
“It is my belief that knowledge about our space gives us the power to claim our spaces,” says Andrew Catanese, whose tapestry-like paintings of mythological scenes often incorporate native plants and flowers. “So often, we must live in places that never quite feel like home, but learning, naming and finding beauty in every corner of our neighborhoods gives us license to change that.”
“I aim to examine the interdependence of history and mythos as they both pertain to place,” says filmmaker Adam Forrester. “I borrow from narrative cinematic language as I perform and construct my own reality for the camera.”
“As an immigrant that has dived in different cultures, my artwork relates to the essence of who we are, where we have come from and where we are journeying,” says Sara Santamaria, who arrived in Atlanta in 2014 from her native Spain by way of Canada, France and England.
“It is my goal to touch as many people as I can through my work and to give underrepresented marginalized people of color a voice and a vision of hope, advancement and transcendence,” says TCP artist Zipporah Camille Thompson. “I hope to provide a moment of refuge and peace, enlightenment and philosophical reflections upon nature, coexistence, life and humanity.”
“The one undeniable truth that I base my work in is that we all have souls, and we are all connected on a spiritual level,” says Kristan Woolford. “What I ultimately aim to create are the conversations surrounding social justice and Black experiences in America that begin to percolate among individuals after they have experienced my work.”