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1994-2004

A. Bills-Levi

FRESH WORK: COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON ALUMNI EXHIBITION, 1994-2004

1994-2004

A. Bills-Levi

FRESH WORK: COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON ALUMNI EXHIBITION, 1994-2004

Vanessa AlburyA. Bills-LeviGayle BrookerLisa ChouMargaret ClarkeT. DavidsonSteven DavisJohn DuckworthMeghan HenleyKrist MillsSue MurrayDorothy NetherlandsRachel O’NealLarissa PatelLynn PattersonMatt SmithsonJonathan Walsh

To create an exhibit drawn from works by Studio Art graduates may seem to be a daunting task; faced with so many choices, the result could become merely arbitrary or too disparate to cohere as an exhibition. But in fact, my experience was quite the contrary. All artists have at least one thing in common—they all have influences. And for all of these artists, one of their most influential experiences was the time they spent as Studio Art students at the College of Charleston.

In this exhibit, I see the influences as well as the individual accomplishments of artists who studied here at the College. Whether faintly or pronounced, the impressions of their Studio Art professors resonate in these works. The goal, however, of myself and Dr. Marian Mazzone was to choose a select group of Studio Art alumni whose works have continued to develop, becoming their own unique creations and contributions. By limiting the selection to Studio Art graduates of the past ten years, we were able to look at the work of artists who are still developing their sense of “self” in the art world, while also still having some identity with the College.

Amylynn M. Bills-Levi was born and raised in the Midwest. Ms. Bills-Levi attended the College of Charleston and graduated in 1999 with a B.A. in Studio Art. After graduation she moved back to northern Kentucky for further study in printmaking, and gallery management. Currently Ms. Bills-Levi is continuing her study in various art media such as fiber arts, photography, and screen- printing.

A. Bills-Levi

FRESH WORK: COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON ALUMNI EXHIBITION, 1994-2004

1994-2004
ARTIST STATEMENT

My images in the exhibition are created using Polaroid film. As I began transferring the film images to paper I became aware of other possible manipulations. At first the images were colored using pencils, graphite, and watercolors. Later more surface transformations were done using a brushed-on coating of bee’s wax. I made another discovery when I realized the “throw away” portion of the film could be collaged to create a new image. The possibilities of this process seem to be endless.

My recent body of work is layered. The base is a transfer or manipulation. On this base I created a “quilt like image” by free-hand machine stitching on fabrics such a silk, lace and tulle. Pockets are formed that reveal hints of the piece’s meaning.

My work is an exploration through many media. I want the viewer to question the process. As I continue to study, my work continues to evolve.

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