Art workshop | Limpopo, South Africa

With 9 other artists, I learned traditional wood carving with local Venda artists in a spectacular setting in the Soutpansberg, near the northern border of South Africa. The days were spent under the trees, tapping out small figures from wood with chisels and hammers surrounded by a primordial landscape with wild creatures on the edge of our camp (and sometimes in the camp).

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Cut. Fold. Interrupt. Repeat. @ Linksoul

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From the press release

Linksoul Lab is pleased to present CUT FOLD INTERRUPT REPEAT, a two-person show featuring new work from Peter Howells and Angela Rose Voulgarelis. The show runs from September 25 -October 23, [2010]…

Here’s the bit about me.

PETER HOWELLS’ “Rearranged World” serves as an analogy to the destructive and creative processes of both nature and humanity. Using obsolete objects and found imagery, Howells carefully and systematically rearrange[d] their parts by inverting the grid, creating unexpected and engaging forms. The “ground” for each piece is a discarded letterpress typeset tray found at a junk shop. Inserted within each niche are strips of out-dated maps. A discourse on how we all process the world around us, Howells inter[wove] simple geometric patterns that disguise additional  layers of order and information.

And about Angela’s work.

Paying homage to a series of texts, ANGELA ROSE VOULGARELIS translates Marianne Williamson’s poem Our Deepest Fear as read by Nelson Mandela at his 1994 Presidential inauguration, poetry by Ingrid de Kok, John Donne, and writings by Agnes Martin. These texts are meticulously beaded into strands of quartz, jade and coral using morse code. The artist describes the making as a form of meditation. Similar to prayer beads, repetition and pattern allow for the translation of text to occur automatically, and with minimal amount of conscious effort, which in turn allows greater attention to be focused to the meaning of the texts themselves…

Rearranged World: Alaska

Rearranged World: Alaska is a mixed media installation created expressly for my fall 2010 show in Oceanside, California and consists of note-sized pieces of topographical maps of Alaska, an area of the world rich in intricate patterns carved into the landscape by nature. On each square I printed vintage drawings of strong men and wrestlers, representing humans struggle for dominance amongst each other as they conquer a new frontier.

The composition was inspired by the Rearranged World type tray works in the show, which also used grids and nested rectangles to create minimalist forms.

Water Project @ Thoreau Gallery

© 2008 Catherine Haley Epstein

The “Water Project” visually explores one of our most precious resources and one of the most overwhelming forces of nature. Inspired by water’s depth, colors, energy, mystery and physical properties, the artists have created work using a range of media from film and photographs to wood, canvas and paper.

Curated by Catherine Haley Epstein

Opening reception: Thursday, June 19, 2008, 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Exhibition date: June 19 through August 8, 2008

Thoreau Center for Sustainability
The Presidio of San Francisco
1014 Torney Avenue at Lincoln Boulevard (directions)

Participating Artists

  • Veronica DeJesus
  • Seth Dickerman
  • Rebecca Haseltine
  • Peter Howells
  • Kimberlee Koym
  • Caroline Lovell
  • David Long
  • Aondrea Maynard
  • Daniel McCormick
  • Carrie Minikel & Josh Levine
  • Elizabeth Pepin
  • Jeff Petersen
  • James Sansing
  • Margaret Silverman
  • Tessa Sutton
  • Marcia Teusink
  • Jennifer Starkweather