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BECon 2013: Judy Tuwaletstiwa & Erik Whittemore

Tuwaletstiwa and Whittemore presented this lecture on Saturday June 22, 2013 in Portland as part of BECon 2013: CHROMA-CULTURE.

It's Not Me. It's Not You. It's a Process.

For more than 20 years, Judy Tuwaletstiwa painted exclusively with variations of the colors black, white, and red. It was time to move on, but how? In January 2012, Bullseye Glass offered her a one-year residency at Bullseye Resource Center Santa Fe. She began her year as a student in Painting with Glass, taught by Erik Whittemore. It provided an opportunity to look at color through the lens of glass. Tuwaletstiwa and Whittemore went on to collaborate in the studio to develop a systematic palette of glass colors by mixing powders in specific increments. They created over 2000 distinct and subtle hues in an effort to better understand the unique color properties of low-fired powders. In this video, they share their collaborative journey from the past, into the present, and on to the future.

Judy Tuwaletstiwa is a mixed media painter, writer, and teacher based in New Mexico. Her most recent book, Mapping Water, seeks to embody the creative process through visual imagery and words. Tuwaletstiwa received her BA in English Literature from UC Berkeley and her MAT in English literature from Harvard University. She writes: "My work is to integrate the dark and the light into a harmonious whole that speaks directly to the soul." Her art resides in numerous public, private and corporate collections. She is represented by William Siegal Gallery in Santa Fe.

Erik Whittemore earned his BS in art with a focus in sculpture from Eastern Oregon University. From 2004 to 2010, he was an instructor/technician at Bullseye Portland, where he taught courses, developed kiln-glass curriculum and educational videos, and assisted a number of world-class artists. From 2010-2013, Whittemore was the Studio Coordinator for Bullseye Resource Center Santa Fe. Whittemore continues to develop new works in his private studio.