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BOUNDLESS is an exhibition that explores the concept and practice of infinite expression through the work of eight women artists representing all forms of media that include painting, photography, video, installation art, scratch board art, 3D printing, textiles and mixed media.

These women form a cohesive vision of what it is to actualize boundlessness through their art forms by challenging the norms of personal physicality and standards of beauty, arts as social practice, autobiography and otherworldliness.

BOUNDLESS will be on view at the Kramer Gallery from Friday, September 13 through Friday, November 8, 2019.

 
 

About the Artists:

 

Hsin-Hsi Chen is known for her exquisite, illusionary pencil drawings on unique complex constructed 3D forms of paper and wood.

Hsin-Hsi’s initial mission was to use only these basic materials and see how far they would take her. Her recent work has evolved beyond 3D drawings to include a variety of scales, two/three-dimensional work, large-scale/full-room installation, and collaborations using 3D modeling/printing and interactive digital projection. Hsin-Hsi assembles new work that considers the space as a site where light, shadow, space, drawing, and discovery merge.

Hsin-Hsi disorients viewers with actual and imaginary planes of drawing, light, shadow, illumination in illogical sequences of complex 3D structure, installation, and interactive dimension - to present her interest and vision in riddled paths of existences, the unknown of the universe, surreal, geometric and architectural constructions. The untouchable and invisible time overlaps the unpredictable occurrences and growth in space as the light illuminates those mysterious elements and source of life. The shadow within reflects its subject as the soul to the human being.

 
 

Alyscia Cunningham is an entrepreneur, author, filmmaker and photographer who has contributed to the Smithsonian, National Geographic, Discovery Channel and AOL.

After the success of her first book, Feminine Transitions, a photography book and encompassed with portraits of raw feminine beauty, Cunningham published her second photography book and upcoming documentary film, I Am More Than My Hair. The book features 138 portraits of 46 females and stories of their experience with hair loss as well as females who cut their hair in solidarity of a loved one. The film includes interviews and dives into the connection of their emotions concerning the media's portrayal of beauty standards. Cunningham creates these, and future projects, with the consideration of art for social change.

Cunningham leads the Washington DC Metro Chapter of Moms-In-Film, the VP of the MD chapter of American Mothers Inc., and also one of the FrontLine Voices for Stop the Beauty Madness, a campaign focused on changing the dynamics of beauty globally.

Her work has been featured on Fox5 News, The Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, APlus, and Proud2BMe. To learn more about Alyscia and her work, visit Alyscia.com.

Alyscia also invites you to view her video instructions to Feminine Transitions and I Am More Than My Hair.

 
 

Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi explores the notion of duality, which is closely related to her multifaceted identity as an Iranian American immigrant.

Her paintings function as metaphors for the complexities that emanate from such polarized cultural experiences and reflect an interest in the fusion of visual conventions of Western abstraction and Persian Art. Ilchi places an emphasis on the ornamentations of “Tazhib”, or the art of illumination. The resulting synthesis of Persian and Western artistic practices evokes allegories of intrusion and invasion, moving beyond the personal and referencing the historical and contemporary sociopolitical conflicts.

Hedieh was born in 1981 in Tehran, Iran and currently lives and works in the Washington DC area. Hedieh received a BFA with honors from the Corcoran College of Art + Design in 2006 and an MFA in Studio Art from the American University in 2011. She has been awarded residencies at the Ucross Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, The Jentel Foundation, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Her work has been featured in Hyperallergic, Blouin ArtInfo, The Washington Post, the Washington City Paper and DC Modern Luxury. She has exhibited in New York, Switzerland, Washington DC and Winston- Salem, NC, and her work is included in several private and public collections. 

 
 

Shana Kohnstamm is originally from Nashville, Tennessee, and is now living and working in Bethesda, MD.

Departing from formal art education, she pursued a variety of creative careers, including stained glass design and fabrication, bead and jewelry making, theatrical painting and even briefly apprenticed as an ocularist before turning her attention once again to fine art-making. Her passion for felted soft sculpture began in 2010. Since then, her work has been published in books and magazines worldwide and included in exhibitions at the Mobile Museum of Art (Mobile, AL) and Creative Crafts Council Biennial Exhibition (Bethesda, MD). Her pieces have garnered awards at the 2013 Nexus Sculpture Exhibit (Knoxville, TN) and the 2014 Fine Contemporary Craft of the Southeastern US (Raliegh, NC). Her love of the artform was actualized in October 2015 when as a curator, Shana hosted the critically acclaimed international soft sculpture exhibit "Touched" in Nashville, Tennessee. She regularly teaches Sculptural Felting at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts and is a current member of the DC Arts Center’s Sparkplug artist collective.

 
 

Mariama McCarthy is a self-taught artist and has been painting self-expressionist artwork for just under twenty years, since her stroke in 2000.

She was born into the nomadic Tuareg tribe, located in Tchin-Tabaraden. She explores the aftermath of child marriage, poverty, and the life of African women in general, albeit with a modern twist. Making use of unique tribal symbolism, she hides subtle wisdom in plain sight, basing her works off of true stories of various African women, such as herself. As she works on a piece, she fills the canvas with feeling, as if she is writing a story with the brush.

 
 

Arpitha Parthasarathy, Ph.D., MBA is a trained artist, jewelry designer, skilled that hand embroidery, fabricating, is a yoga teacher and a Biomedical Scientist. 

She has been making paintings for her passion since the age of 3 using various media. She was trained in watercolor and oil on canvas from India and learned the ancient form of traditional India art (Mysore art/Tranjore art). She currently specializes in scratchboard art portraying wildlife art and human portraits of significance depicting various culture and tradition. One of her scratchboard art called “Devotion” has been published in peer-reviewed arts and humanities journal. 

Arpitha is a resident of Maryland, USA and uses her extensive creative abilities and skills to continue her passion for Fine Art. She enjoys making her own scratchboard (with x-acto 11) only when time permits and loves the ampersand white and blackboard medium with either watercolor or clayboard inks.

She believes that art as much as science has no boundaries of expression. In every art, she delivers a deep inner message displaying a high level of integrity and serenity. 

You can follow her YouTube tutorial channel for her unique techniques used to make clay board and scratchboard work.

 
 

Nicole Salimbene holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Northern Colorado and has worked in the social service fields and as an arts administrator in the performing arts.

In 2007, she began exhibiting her art, with her first group exhibitions taking place in France. She has continued to exhibit her work in various venues, including the New Orleans Photo Alliance, (e)merge Art Fair (D.C.), Arlington Arts Center (VA), New York Affordable Art Market, and New Image Gallery at James Madison University. Her 2016 solo exhibition at Flashpoint Gallery received recognition from The Art Newspaper (London), Washington PostAl Tashkeel (Dubai), and Sculpture Magazine. Also, her work has been reproduced for publications and purchased for private collections. She has twice been a recipient of an Individual Artists and Scholars Grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County and awarded a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Visual Arts: Sculpture/Installation. In 2012, the Washington Sculptors Group awarded her the Tom Rooney Prize. She received Second Place for the 2018 Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards. She also has led workshops in art as a contemplative practice in affiliation with American University, Clark University, James Madison University, the Lama Foundation, The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, Wesley Theological Seminary, Ghost Ranch and the World Wildlife Fund.

 
 

Rosa Vera is Peruvian-born but grew up in Washington, D.C. and Latin America.

She is an award-winning artist who paints in acrylics, encaustics, watercolor, mixed media and oils. She currently lives between Bethesda, Maryland, and Lima, Peru. Rosa has exhibited in national shows including the National Arts Club, the National Watercolor Society Show, International Society for Experimental Artists (ISEA), Watercolor USA, and The Art League of Alexandria. 

Rosa won the Presidents' Prize at the ISEA's International Juried Art Exhibit, and First Place in The Artist's Magazine, the 2010 Board of Directors Award at the International Exhibition, Watercolor Art Society-Houston, and the Gold Medal, Mid-Atlantic Regional Exhibition, Baltimore Watercolor Society. Her work is in private collections in the US and internationally, as well as the permanent collection of the National Institutes of Health.  

Her paintings appear in the books: AcrylicWorks 4Incite 2: The Best of Mixed MediaIncite: The Best of Mixed MediaAcrylicWorks: Best of AcrylicThe Art Lovers' Cookbook–San Antonio EditionThe Artistic Touch 4, and Splash 12: Artistic Vision.