McCobb - I
grew up in rural Massachusetts, and studied creative writing and filmmaking
at Emerson College in Boston, MA. Since this was pre-digital, and color
film was expensive, I was only allowed to use 8mm and 16mm cameras,
shooting in black and white film. Though I have long been a fan of plenty
of filmmakers and photographers who work in black and white, I felt
severely deprived of not being able to use color to help tell my stories.
I already drooled over the set design and art direction in movies by
directors Douglas Sirk and Pedro Almodóvar, and knew that I was
not the kind of artist who would thrive in a monochromatic palate: I
looked forward to the day that I could blast my color up to “11.”
Flash forward years
later, and you can probably see what I mean: as a photographer, I work
in bold, multi-toned colors, and use the visual blast of that color
to light up the eye and spirit. My work splits almost equally into two
realms: narrative, which comes from my love of telling and sharing stories,
and visual, which encompasses my appreciation for design, patterns found
in nature, and graffiti art. Though these are technically photographs,
in that they were made with a still camera (some even with 35mm film),
I think of them as single-frame compositions in a movie or a novel I
have yet to create. www.rosiemccobb.com
and Ann McGillicuddy - Cornelius
makes furniture, wood carvings, saunas, guitars, violins, tools, wood
sculptures, and more.
shown here at his forge
Ann McGillicuddy: These
traditional Scandinavian rag rug weavings are inspired by my Finnish/Swedish
roots. After graduation from SUNY Purchase in 1989 , I travelled around
Europe and then moved north to Stockholm to live with my mother’s
mother and finally crossed the Baltic Sea to live with family in Helsinki.
There, I studied Swedish language at the University of Helsinki and
Weaving at the Espoo Center School. I learned how to weave on a traditional
4 harness loom using “rags”. The first piece I wove was
made out of the old curtains that had been hanging in my grandmother’s
Stockholm apartment. They were faded from many years of strong summer
suns, and I ripped them up and created my first weaving. It is unconventional,
in that it is not a straight back and forth weft weaving. I created
shapes in the warp with the weft , using my hands only . The preceding
rugs I have woven have been traditional. Many of these rugs have been
made out of old sheets that I have scavenged from different places,
and then hand-dyed ; they were cut up and recycled for weaving. In this
sense they are very traditional rag rugs.
The elements of nature are embodied in my weaving …… I see
each piece as a reflection of my natural surroundings.
About my Artwork:
Sometimes I look at things in decay - what someone else might consider
old and useless - and I try and figure out a way to bring it back to
a new life, to transform it into something useful or Nice to look at
or just cool. I'm a craftsman, so naturally building things comes easy.
I love soft colors and the beauty of Flowers in our world. I like to
paint them in a child-like style. Children are as close to Primal Art
as you can get - they see things very simplisticly. They are as Pure
as Angel's That Fly! And Why would I want to shoot for anything Less
Perfection? I make work in pastels, handmade paper, wood, tile, glass,
copper and use all found objects! I Believe it's time to make do with
what we have and stop making the planet any sicker than it is.