Laurie Shapiro, Mixed Media and Installation artist
Artist in Residence April 7, 2017 through June 25, 2017
Laurie Shapiro is a mixed media artist. She is a former native New Yorker who now calls California home.
Her work employs various methods such as screen printing and sewing on large pieces of muslin. Her work is visceral and intuitive. She reflects upon the physical and psychological. Shapiro holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University.
““Sketchbooks and journals are a big part of my process... Writing has always been a way for me to openly express my ideas and emotions, which often influence my artwork. My pieces always begin in my sketchbook, often with loose concept-based drawings – either from memory, life, or both. It’s important for me to have the freedom to explore and be intuitive, to let the piece go where it wants to, yet somehow relate back to that original idea.” -Laurie Shapiro
"I am creating many different worlds based off of the physical world and the internal world. Using the walls of my studio, I work with muslin, screen printed drawings, fabrics, and many layers of water-based paints."
Artist in Residence January 2017 through March 2017
Cristina Velazquez spent her early years as a child in the State of Michoacan, Mexico. After arriving to the United States in 1987, she began to think critically of gender roles and expectations determined by her culture. Today her work addresses various ecological and feminist concerns. Velazquez provides the viewer with her own personal critique on religion, gender roles and cultural traditions. She explores stereotypes and expectations imposed on women through a variety of discarded and undervalued materials. She received her BFA from San Jose State University and completed her MFA at The San Francisco Art Institute during her residency at SJMQT.
Keep up with Cristina and her art work by visiting her website here
Amy Ahlstrom, Urban Quilter (First Artist in Residence at SJMQT)
October 2016 through December 2016
Amy Ahlstrom is a Quilter inspired by urban environments. Ahlstrom takes inspiration from the streets such as text, signage, graffiti and popular culture. Utilizing photography and digital media, Ahlstrom samples these subjects, creating vibrant compositions that reflect the visual chaos of cities. She uses traditional quilting techniques while incorporatin her own contemporary spin to each piece. Ahlstrom received her MFA in Fiber from the School of Art institute of Chicago and a BFA from Northern Illinois University.
Keep up with Amy and her art work by visiting her website here