VIRTUAL RESIDENT ARTIST TALKS WITH ABBIE PRESTON EDMONSON & HONG HONG

Time
Saturday, April 17, 2021 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft's Facebook Live Page
https://www.facebook.com/crafthouston/live_videos/ (Map)

Discover the artistic processes of working craft artists at this virtual event, featuring talks by current resident artists, Abbie Preston Edmonson and Hong Hong. Tune into our Facebook Live page promptly at 3:00 PM to learn about the artists’ works of art, influences, and materials.

About Abbie Preston Edmonson
Abbie Preston Edmonson is an object maker. She is continually experimenting with ways to evoke a painterly surface on a three-dimensional object. Holding the tension between form and surface, Abbie’s ceramic pieces become a spontaneous layering process, with a nod to Abstract Expressionism, by exploring intuitive mark-making and gestural brushes of color. During her time at HCCC, Abbie will cultivate a new sculptural body of work exploring the theme of mental illness, focusing on narratives depicting darkness and isolation in hopes of inspiring open dialogue.

Abbie attended Valdosta State University in Georgia, graduating in 2009 with a BFA in ceramics and a secondary in painting. She was an artist-in-residence at Mudfire Studios in Atlanta from 2010-2011. Abbie is the owner and creator of Box Sparrow Studio, a Houston-based brand creating functional ceramics out of Hardy and Nance Street Studios. Recently, she was selected to participate in two celebrity design collaborations through Etsy. You can find her work locally at Forth and Nomad, The Flora Culture, and Manready Mercantile. Abbie is currently serving as vice president on the ClayHouston board and teaches wheel-throwing at Third Coast Clay. To learn more about her work, visit www.boxsparrowstudio.com. 

About Hong Hong
Hong Hong is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice sits at the intersection of craft, painting, and earthwork. Born in Hefei, China, she immigrated with her mother to North Dakota when she was 10 years old. Hong earned her MFA from University of Georgia in 2014 and her BFA from the State University of New York in 2011. Since then, Hong has traveled across the United States to make site-responsive monumental paper works. In her nomadic practice, traditional processes of Tibetan and Japanese papermaking coalesce with feminist rituals and performances.

Hong’s artwork has been exhibited at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Georgia Museum of Art, Real Art Ways, Penland School of Crafts, Madison Museum of Fine Art, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Jewett Arts Center, and New Mexico History Museum. Hong is the recipient of fellowships and grants from MacDowell, Yaddo, National Endowment for the Arts, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Vermont Studio Center, Center for the Arts at Wesleyan University, and Connecticut Office for the Arts. Her work has been reviewed by Art21, Artnet News, Hyperallergic, Art New England, Hand Papermaking, and Two Coats of Paint.

To learn more about Hong’s work, visit https://www.honghong.studio/.