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By Casey McLerran
Doors open at 6 p.m. for the tenth installment in the Conciliation Series at the Black Wall Street Gallery, located at 101 N. Greenwood Ave.
Black Wall Street Arts’ mission is to create platforms, grant access, and bridge the gaps in Tulsa.
“My inspiration comes from aerial photography, satellite images, and textures and shapes found in natural environments.
From high above, the details of a place are stripped away leaving only an elegant design of intersecting, shapes, colors, and lines. I look at thousands of miles of land and turn it into mere inches of stitched felt, providing a unique overview of an expansive space that cannot adequately be seen and understood from the ground. I am particularly interested in representing landscapes where natural and man-made environments intersect and have a compelling influence on each other.
I often use as inspiration areas affected by climate change, natural disasters, and human use. My intent is to create a simplified and thought-provoking way to view land, our impact on it, and relationship to it while leaving the work open to interpretation, putting no demands on the viewer to see one particular type of landscape over another.“
Taylor Painter-Wolfe is a fiber artist and art teacher from Tulsa, Oklahoma. She majored in fiber art at the Kansas City Art Institute where she learned how to make handmade, hand-dyed felted wool, which she used to create clothing, costumes, and fine art pieces. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Art in 2003, Taylor traveled extensively in Australia and Southeast Asia which greatly influenced her development as a fiber artist and inspired her to use elements of texture, shape, and pattern found in natural environments.
Later Taylor lived in Washington State where she worked creating wearable, handmade felt items to sell at boutiques and craft shows. She also attended The University of Washington and received a Masters of Education in early childhood special education in 2011. She then returned to Tulsa where she has taught special education, preschool, and art in various Tulsa Public Schools.
Tai Tindall is a self-taught mixed media artist born and raised in Queens, New York. Growing-up in a culturally diverse environment, her paintings would later be informed by an innate curiosity on matters of human nature, spirituality and changes experienced throughout the life cycle.
For the past decade Tai has practiced a balanced combination of rhythmic drip pour techniques and mixed media layering. The result is unique texture and dimension which provide an ease of access to the creative process for the viewer.
Tai currently resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is a member of the Black Moon artist collective. Tai has spent several years working as a clinical social worker helping men and women in crisis. Her paintings have also served to raise awareness and funding for local non-profit organizations.
In February 2019, Tai’s solo show featured a series of paintings which evolved from several readings of Booker T Washington’s autobiography “Up From Slavery.” This series is a meditation on the guiding principles Washington employed and obstacles overcome on his journey to becoming a great American educator, reformer and leader. Tai’s “Cadence” series celebrates the rhythms of life and the concept of which Bob Marley sang, “every little thing, gonna be alright.”
“I paint because I love it. I share my work because I believe it is rooted in concepts which bring about positive change. My action paintings are likened to snapshots of creative motion. This creative motion is intended to serve as a parallel to internal catalytic change. I am a social worker. I believe in and seek to uphold the dignity and worth of the individual. What better way to celebrate this than with color, dancing lines, and symbols of hope.”
This twelve-month series will pair black and white artists from Tulsa of various media to build personal and group relationships that cultivate meaningful, lasting bonds.
THE CONCILIATION SERIES UPCOMING EXHIBITS
June: Tailynn Tindall and Taylor Painter-Wolfe
July: Boomintree and Cheyenne Butcher
August: Melody Allen and Julianne Clark
PAST FEATURED ARTISTS
September: Alexander Tamahn and JP Morrison Lans
October: Monarch Jones and Andrea Martin
November: Diamond Walker and Laura Elisabeth Voth
December: Abdallah Alislam and Frida Cornelio
January: Elizabeth Feahther Henley and Nicole Donis
February: Christina Henley and Western Doughty March: Stacie Monday and Marjorie Atwood April: nosamyrag and Austin Gober
May: MOLLYWATTA and Matt Phipps