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
• 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.
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.
• 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.”
What to see at EAST: These artist warehouses and co-working spaces are home to many
Elizabeth Chiles brings uncommon elegance to photographs that capture an evolving universe.
Susan Scafati combines old and new photography technique in her mixed-media fabrications.
Jana Swec‘s detailed ink and pencil drawings always beguile.
The compelling painterly sculptures of Rachel K. Bury challenge pre-conceived notions of painting. “No Need for Other Worlds (for precisely the same reason)”
Caitlin G. McCollom uses vibrant, watery acrylic to paint plastic paper. “A Cavern Within Your Heart Flooding With Water”
Mural-size drawings of motorcycles by Rachel Wolfson Smith echo Renaissance battle paintings. Rachel Wolfson Smith, “Underdog.”
Court Lurie‘s exuberant abstractions are as spontaneous as they are defined.