Featured Artist Profiles

Curious about the artists whose work you’ll be seeing at Art from All Angles? You’ll have to be there in person to connect with them and see everything on the night - but we figured we’d highlight a couple really exemplary artists to get you stoked on the festival!

Read their thoughts below, and chat them up at the Mission Theater on March 16th.

 
 
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Nastasia Govozda - illustrator, painter, tattoo artist

Tell us about yourself and what you make.
My name is Nastasia, I am an artist from Russia. Mostly, I like to create with my hands, art, tattoos, my own sketchbooks. My art is always changing, transforming. I do what I am inspired to do. At the moment, I am taken by painting on glass and using recycled fabric scraps as backgrounds. I think I am intrigued by this medium because I don't see the result until I flip the glass once I've finished, so it's never what I expect and it keeps me excited, always.

How does community play a role in your creative practice?
I have a very supportive community around me, as I choose my community, so I feel I get to express myself in whatever ways I'd like to. I am pretty comfortable with myself, so I like to spread it to people, perhaps they can feel a little more comfortable with themselves too.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve drawn inspiration from?
The most recent, strangest thing I've drawn inspiration from would be the one and only Hitachi Wand. I'll add menstruation and body hair too. None of these really get talked about, that's what's strange.

Check out Nastasia’s work online through her Instagram (@phistashia).


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Zachary Loren Jones - Filmmaker & animator

Tell us about yourself and what you make.
My name is Zachary Loren Jones, and I make animated films. I use simple animation and design, but aim to tell complex stories about our media-saturated lives. I'm from Arizona and I miss the sun sometimes.

How does community play a role in your creative practice?
I rely on an open source collection of 3D models called the SketchUp 3D Warehouse. Without the generosity of the SketchUp community, my work wouldn't exist. I also co-directed a film about the virtual world Club Penguin, so the idea of communities in the digital age is very much an inspiration of mine.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve drawn inspiration from?
I've been thinking about making a film about the default Windows XP background (you know, the shiny green hill with the blue sky). We'll see :)

Find Zachary online through Instagram (@zalojo) & Vimeo


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Check out Ian’s work online on his Instagram (@claymudfia) and Facebook.

Ian Wieczorek - Ceramicist & object based scupltor

Tell us about yourself and what you make.
I’m currently a part of the Emerging Artist Program at the Ash Street Project in south East Portland. I graduated from Sierra Nevada College in 2016 with a Bachelors of Fine Art and a minor in Business Management. I make sculptures that reference single use plastic containers, purposely using specific mixed media elements such as to-go containers and styrofoam to reference toxic products that are sold to us as accessories to our daily desires. I create biomorphic forms from the containers that I find interesting and complex. I like to give the viewer a new perspective of looking at an egg carton or looking at the tray that holds the frozen pot stickers. For me, It’s that shocking moment when I realize how complex a small plastic container really is.

How does community play a role in your creative practice?
At the Ash Street Project we host community lunches from 12-1pm Tuesday-Friday. This is a time to stop making, take out the headphones, put away your phone and have lunch with people. When I’m focused on a project, I tend to skip lunch and just graze on snacks all day. Having a planned hour to stop everything and come back to the world is great. And often visitors come in to do the same as well. We just chat about our days or upcoming art shows in town, or past art shows we saw. It keeps the day fresh because you never know who will come for lunch that day.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve drawn inspiration from?
Oh man. We had a mouse colony take over our house one spring. Ended up catching 53 mice… It felt wrong to kill them and throwing them in the trash. So I decided to use them in some of my sculptures. I dipped some in slip and made casts of their bodies, poured glazes over others and incased their bodies in glass. I even placed some on platters and fired them. The cool thing I discovered was even though their flesh burned away, the bones stayed intact and were incased in glass. So you were able to see the tail and the spine very well. Through this, I discovered that there are many ceramic artists that have gone through this phase of firing carcasses with their ceramic pieces. 


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Jason Rosenblatt - Filmmaker

Tell us about yourself and what you make.
My name is Jason Rosenblatt and I make narrative short and feature films as well as the ongoing YouTube comedy series Ted Tantrum: the Self-Reliant Man.

How does community play a role in your creative practice?
Clips from my films are often used in Demo Reels for the talent involved.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve drawn inspiration from?
The actor Dan Considine is the strangest thing I have ever drawn inspiration from.

See Jason’s work on Vimeo.


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Check out her Instagram (@bejaflorart) to see some of her work.

Beija Flor - Interdisciplinary artist & maker

Tell us about yourself and what you make.
I think all colors and textures and smells are important and deserve some thought. I received my BA in Physics and Studio Art because one didn’t make sense without the other to me. I focus my art on my experience and try to solve my problems with material. I hope that my art can help others through similar problems too.

How does community play a role in your creative practice?
My art can’t exist without my community and their reception of my work. Much of my inspiration has been drawn from the support and love that those around me have provided me. I strive to make work that gives back as much as possible.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve drawn inspiration from?
I got really obsessed with the hyperboloid (a shape that appears in mathematics) and I couldn’t be stopped from making different variations of it with gold thread and wood. They are fantastic shapes and I couldn’t help myself.


Last Featured Artist To be Announced Soon!