All Things Fowl for A Hiding Place

All Things Fowl. Scratchboard, 10 x 8 inches, 2016 by Sarah Atlee All Things Fowl Scratchboard, 10 x 8 inches, 2016 by Sarah Atlee. $330 For purchase inquiries, contact [Artspace] at Untitled at or by calling 405.815.9995

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A Hiding Place: Artists Respond to Poetry

"As children we all played hide and seek. We learned through that game: the stillness of hiding and the necessity of being found. Both are essential to living the communal life. this collaborative project expolores these themes through poetry and art. We have generated a creative conversation of the senses, of image and movement and language, so that what is hidden can be known."

- From the statement by curator and poet Jane Vincent Taylor

All Things Fowl is based on Jane Vincent Taylor's poem, "Being Little Catholic Girls." A snippet:

We lit candles. It was dangerous. Incense smoked out all things foul.

About the Imagery

The composition is based on traditional Byzantine icon paintings. Guillem Ramon-Poqui's book The Technique of Icon Painting (Amazon) is a great resource on this topic.

Who's that hen? The nun's habit and background images are inspired by the early Christian mystic and polymath, Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179). You can read about her remarkable life on Wikipedia.

Among her accomplishments, Hildegard invented an alphabet and language known as the Lingua Ignota. The little hula doll in the corner is using Hildegard's Litterae Ignotae to say "Aloha."

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Scratchboard is a wonderful process of reductive drawing. It's all about what you take away. And the level of detail I can get with my x-acto knife is so pleasing.

A Hiding Place opens at [Artpsace] at Untitled on Thursday, July 28, and will be up through September 10. Visit the gallery website for more details.



Eggs (I Only Gave You Some) for Shopper!

Eggs (I Only Gave You Some), graphite on archival digital print,Eggs (I Only Gave You Some) Graphite on archival digital print 20 x 16 inches framed, $895 2014 by Sarah Atlee - some rights reserved

Shopper! The Art Show A Curious Collection of Found Shopping Lists & Artists' Renditions of Those Who Made Them

Curated by Tessa Raven Bayne

When: 16 August - 14 September 2014 Where: Hancock Creative Shop, 116 S 2nd St., Guthrie, Oklahoma (map link)

Take a decade's worth of found shopping lists, add visual artists to reimagine the lists' authors, mix with writers spinning colorful tales of these shoppers, and you get a collaborative summer art show that's sure to deliver.

The shopping list that inspired Eggs. The shopping list that prompted my imagined portrait.

Eggs (I Only Gave You Some), detail view, graphite on archival d A closer look at Eggs.

I created Eggs using an experimental process. I began by taking hi-res scans of ledger paper, moving the paper around during scanning to achieve interesting distortions. I printed the resulting scan onto several different high-quality inkjet papers. Using a range of soft pencils from 3B to 9B, I tested the tooth of each paper to see which surface held up best. I settled on Hahnemuehle Museum Etching.

The drawing is based on a collage sketch:

Eggs (I Only Gave You Some), collage sketch, 2014 by Sarah Atlee

Many different sources went into this conceptual mockup. Photographs of Evelyn Nesbit (who inspired the Gibson Girl image), the New York Public Library's Maps archive, and postcards from Google Earth, just to name a few.

As I predicted, the distorded grid of the ledger paper background image informed and melded with the shapes I drew. I'm very pleased with the results and will repeat this process for future drawings.

Ike, Mike and Mustard

Presenting Ike, Mike & Mustard: three new paintings created for the May 2nd Grand Reopening of DNA Galleries in OKC's own Plaza District. Ike, Mike & Mustard - Ike. Acrylic on wood panel, about 6 x 5 inches, 2013 by Sarah Atlee.

Ike, Mike & Mustard: Ike. Acrylic on wood panel, about 6 x 5 inches, 2013 by Sarah Atlee.

If you're a Robert Downey Jr. fan, you might recognise these names from a bit of dialogue in the 2005 film Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

Ike Mike & Mustard - Mike

Ike, Mike & Mustard: Mike. Acrylic on wood panel, about 9 x 7.5 inches, 2013 by Sarah Atlee.

A bit of Internet research reveals several possible origins for this phrase. "Ike and Mike" are diner lingo for salt and pepper. Next to which you will often see a bottle of mustard. There's also Mike & Ike the candy, perhaps named after a comic strip written by Rube Goldberg (but not officially connected).

"Ike, Mike and Mustard" is also a category of off-color jokes, often featuring characters by those names.

Ike Mike & Mustard - Mustard

Ike, Mike & Mustard: Mustard. Acrylic on wood panel, about 10 x 12 inches, 2013 by Sarah Atlee.

Ike, Mike & Mustard will each be available at DNA Galleries starting this Thursday, May 2.

DNA Galleries grand reopening flyer

See in-progress photos of Ike, Mike & Mustard here.

Ike, Mike and Mustard In Progress

Progress shots of three new paintings for the Grand Reopening of DNA Galleries in Oklahoma City's Plaza District. DNA Galleries grand reopening Ike & Mike in progress

Ike & Mike, in progress. Acrylic on wood panel, 2013 by Sarah Atlee.


DNA Galleries grand reopening blank panels

Dylan and Amanda Bradway cut these teardrop shapes out of wood, and invited artists to embellish them for the upcoming show. Here they are sanded and prepped for painting.

The teardrop shape is from DNA Galleries' new improved logo.


DNA Galleries grand reopening Ike & Mustard in progress Mustard & Ike, in progress. Acrylic on wood panel, 2013 by Sarah Atlee. I decided to reorient two of my three teardrop panels to point in different directions.


DNA Galleries grand reopening Mike in progress Mike, detail, in progress. Acrylic on wood panel, 2013 by Sarah Atlee.


I'll post more pictures when the paintings are finalized.

Mark your calendars; the celebration will be on Thursday, May 2! Details below. DNA Galleries grand reopening flyer