Martinez Studio Welcomes Neva Sills for Guest Artist Weekend
Door County Style Magazine
Aug, 2011 by Melissa Ripp
Jacksonport’s Martinez Studio is excited to announce that painter Neva Sills will be featured as guest artist for the gallery weekend of Friday, August 12 through Monday, August 15. The reception for the weekend will be held Saturday, August 13, with Sills on hand to speak about her newest works.
Sills’ new painted and drawn collages look to calling cards – the “social media” of the Victorian era – to study the interactions people have with one another as well as the natural world. Borrowing this imagery, Sills’ works show highly-rendered hands holding organic arrangements executed in an array of styles, from brisk charcoal gestures to flattened stencil shapes. Smaller works that appear to be formal exercises in color, shape and form reveal themselves as a further examination of human relationships.
In looking at the past in order to contemplate the present, Sills plays with artistic devices that highlight one another, such as representation versus abstraction. The media is chosen to support the content of the work – mechanical processes such as printmaking or stenciling combine with hand-drawn and painted marks to speak about humankind’s continued removal from nature.
“Removal as well,” Sills explains, “from the meaningful relationships and interactions that people have with one another as caused by the increasing dependence on technology for communication.”
In Sills’ hands, the collage form is used to heighten the understanding of identity and nature as constructed ideas rather than concrete realities. A native of Door County, Neva Sills lives, teaches and maintain a working studio in Chicago.