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    • Anne Buckwalter, A.Mellifera
    • Heather Godlewski, Tether
    • Jen Nugent, Pilot + Projects
    • Andrew Pinkham, Scrutiny
Images: Anne Buckwalter, A. Mellifera, oil painting on paper, 22”x30”, 2016 | Heather Godlewski, Tether, collage, 4”x5”, 2013 | Jen Nugent, Pilot + Projects, installation view of Foreword: Hannah Doerksen and Kristen Neville Taylor, 2016 | Andrew Pinkham, Scrutiny, archival pigment on cotton rag, 20”x 6”, 2015

 

CCAHA’s staff members have a thorough knowledge of the science of conservation; the chemical processes of degradation, reversible treatment options, safe cleaning methods, and so on. This technical knowledge dovetails with their artistry. They have the hand skills and aesthetic eye necessary to carry these treatments out—to mix the exact shade of watercolor for inpainting, meticulously resew a book’s binding, or apply delicate mends. Considering their skills, it's not surprising that many of CCAHA’s staff members are also practicing artists and makers.

 

Conservation Assistant Heather Godlewski uses many media and materials. “I am always excited to try out new techniques,” she says, “And mixed media allows me to do that.” She says that her work has been influenced by her 12 years at CCAHA. “I use better quality adhesives and take a more considered approach to housing and framing. Though I fully embrace the ephemeral nature of many of the materials I use, I attempt to use best practices and materials when possible to give the work a fighting chance for a long life.”

Heather creates narrative works. “At times, I think of my pieces as haiku,” she says. “Other times, they feel more like science fiction or romantic comedy, but there is always a story I am trying to tell.”

Learn more about Heather’s work at www.laidleyroadartanddesign.com.

 

Registrar Jen Nugent, a practicing artist herself, recently opened a gallery with co-founders Jacob C. Hammes and Zachary Rawe, thanks to a grant from the Ilya and Emilia Kabakov Fellowship. Pilot + Projects, in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, focuses mainly on two to three person exhibitions, showcasing the work of emerging and established artists. Along with exhibitions, their programming includes performance, readings, zines, and lectures on the works presented. Pilot + Projects is free and open to the public.

“We believe in the gallery as a space that encourages contemplation, sensory experience, experimentation, and learning,” Jen says. “We want to create opportunities for ourselves and the artists we love, while feeding our own independent practices through conversations, collaboration, and critical engagement.” The gallery focuses on small, intimate shows to encourage concentrated, extended viewership. Jen says: “The practical training is fantastic because a director at an artist-run gallery is also a carpenter, plumber, electrician, accountant, IT technician, preparator, fabricator, registrar, art handler, archivist, photographer, and writer.”

Learn more about Pilot + Projects at http://pilotprojectspilotprojects.com. Learn more about Jen’s personal work at www.jennugent.com.

 

Housing Technician Anne Buckwalter works mostly with oil paint on paper. “There is a fleshy tactility to oils that is satisfying to manipulate,” she says. “It’s tricky because any part of the bare paper that comes into contact with the oil paint needs to be prepared. It’s laborious, but I like the results.”

Anne considers her works narrative paintings. “I’m interested in how narrative is contextual and conditional—it shifts based on who's experiencing it,” she says. “For this reason, I intentionally make whatever’s going on in my painting ambiguous.” Most recently, she has been depicting human figures taking on the roles and behaviors of animals that use matriarchal social structures. “In species with females inherently at the top of the dominance hierarchy, masculine stereotypes are often subverted in really interesting ways,” she says. “It’s a fun project because it marries two of my favorite things: narrative painting and animal facts.”

Learn more about Anne’s work at www.annebuckwalter.com.

 

Manager of Digital Imaging Andrew Pinkham is a photographer. His digitally-altered photographs mimic 18th-century painted portraiture. “My portraits challenge what we consider historical or authentic, whether it was made yesterday or hundreds of years ago. They blur the lines of time and engage the viewer in how we interpret the idea of history itself,” he says.

Andy recently had a show at Paradigm Gallery + Studio called Theater of the Mind. “With this project,” he says, “I confronted what I fear most and utilized it as an instrument of enlightenment and personal growth. I set out to visually construct what I am most afraid of through staged portraits. The images are autobiographical and based on my personal insecurities, although portrayed through others.”

Learn more about Andy’s work at www.andrewpinkham.com.