What to see at EAST: 13 women artists

It’s hard not to have a few favorites. And with each iteration of the East Austin Studio Tour, I find myself inevitably circling round to visit certain artists.

Each year with our coverage we aim to highlight tour stops that are largely different than stops we’ve highlighted in previous years. And this year we’re challenging you to branch out and explore the entirety of the tour’s current footprint.

READ: A guide to the ever-expanding East Austin Studio Tour

Here’s an additional list of 13 women artists whose work I admire and whose studios I will try to get to.

I’ve had the pleasure of writing profiles of several of these women artists or reviews of their work. And links to the those articles are included.

Tammie Rubin’s intricately detailed porcelain sculpture is potent with symbolic and conceptual meaning, and her Austin debut solo exhibit is the highlight of this fall’s gallery scene.

READ: In delicate yet trenchant sculpture, Tammie Rubin traces family history

Tammie Rubin. Photo: Dave Creaney/AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Tammie Rubin. Photo: Dave Creaney/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

• In meticulous drawings — many of which are mural-sized — Hollis Hammond charts the destruction of natural and man-made disasters with a kind dream-like nostltalgia.

READ: In a solo exhibit, Hollis Hammonds reconciles with a childhood fire.

ollis Hammonds’ 16-foot wide drawing “House on Fire.”
Hollis Hammonds’ 16-foot wide drawing “House on Fire.”

Jenn Hassin creates installations and wall-based sculpture from thousands of conceptually symbolic pieces of rolled paper.

READ: Jenn Hassin’s military service just one inspiration for her art

Jenn Hassin in her studio at Canopy. Photo: Tamir Kalifa for American-Statesman.
Jenn Hassin in her studio at Canopy. Photo: Tamir Kalifa for American-Statesman.

 

Elizabeth McDonald‘s potent paintings examine the dynamics socio-political or interpersonal power struggles and their inevitable rituals.

READ: Elizabeth McDonald’s art of scapegoating

Elizabeth McDonald, "Pool Crowd."
Elizabeth McDonald, “Pool Crowd.”

What to see at EAST: These artist warehouses and co-working spaces are home to many

 

Elizabeth Chiles
Elizabeth Chiles brings uncommon elegance to photographs that capture an evolving universe.

 

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Susan Scafati combines old and new photography technique in her mixed-media fabrications.

 

Emily Cayton and Andrea Hyland work collaboratively on immersive fusions of painting, sculpture,collage and drawing.
Emily Cayton and Andrea Hyland work collaboratively on immersive fusions of painting, sculpture,collage and drawing.

 

Jana Swec's detailed ink and pencil drawings always beguile.
Jana Swec‘s detailed ink and pencil drawings always beguile.

 

Rachel K Bury, No Need for Other Worlds (for precisely the same reason)
The compelling painterly sculptures of Rachel K. Bury challenge  pre-conceived notions of painting. “No Need for Other Worlds (for precisely the same reason)”

 

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Caitlin G. McCollom uses vibrant, watery acrylic to paint plastic paper. “A Cavern Within Your Heart Flooding With Water”

 

 

 

Rachel Wolfson Smith, "Underdog."
Mural-size drawings of motorcycles by Rachel Wolfson Smith echo Renaissance battle paintings. Rachel Wolfson Smith, “Underdog.”

 

Cheryl Finfrock's paintings are rich with enigmatic stories.
Cheryl Finfrock‘s paintings are rich with enigmatic stories.

 

Court Lurie's exuberant abstractions are as spontaneous as they are defined.
Court Lurie‘s exuberant abstractions are as spontaneous as they are defined.

Author: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. She writes about visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.

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