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In 1996-97 the RAIR Program hosted five outstanding visual artists at its residence facility in Roswell, New Mexico.
above from left to right: Deborah Brackenbury, Nancy Johns Fleming & daughter Sienna and RAIR Director Stephen Fleming, Laurel Farrin, below: Anne and Scott Greene, Sue Wink, Yoshiko Kanai.
Photographer and mixed-media artist Deborah Brackenbury joined
us from Florida by way of Ball State University where she had recently begun teaching in
the Art Department. Deborah is a photo-based artist working with divergent materials
including computer-generated digital images, rubber, found objects
Scott Greene. Scott came to us from a little closer to home, right here in New Mexico. Mr. Greene is a painter and printmaker who runs a fine art press in Bernalillo. Working with images of violent, automotive destruction against lyrical, 19th Century landscapes, Mr. Greene creates spontaneous and forcefully made paintings that find their roots in Goya, Turner and Inges.
Washington, DC area artist Laurel Farrin works on large-scale mixed media installations that combine a powerful mixture of materials and images. Laurel now teaches painting at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.
Yoshiko Kanai is a Japanese artist who had been living and working most recently in New York City. Ms. Kanai's sculptures are compelling figurative images made out of unexpected combinations of materials. Yoshiko spoke about her work and was a panelist at the Women's Caucus for the Arts 1997 National Conference. She followed up the RAIR residency with a residency at Kohler.
Sue Wink spent a unique year in Roswell as the commissioned artist for the inaugural Art In Public Places Program developed in conjunction with the City of Roswell, the State Arts Division, and the Roswell Interarts Organization. During her residency, Ms. Wink created a site-specific "earthwork" for the new Brainerd Plaza on Main Street.
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