This year we have two Artists in Residence, Jason Rogalski and Cat Chiu Phillips, as well as a Team Artist in Residence (Joan Green and Ann Chaitlin). Listed below are some information about each of them.
Jason Rogalski is a conceptual artist who combines obsessively practiced traditional techniques with compulsively explored experimental media. He uses a scientific understanding of these materials to create work that is structurally sound & archival.
Rogalski is a lifelong artist and a graduate from the San Francisco Art Institute. Through years of practicing social sculpture combined with life art, he achieved his master’s in education. He now teaches both fine art & science at the high school level in classes that twist both together. Much of his art reflects these interests in art, science & education.
His current art follows three main branches of exploration: Walk-in-Paintings, 2-dimensional mixed media and traditional Baja-style mosaic. These branches curve, knot and smaller side branches sprout everywhere.
Cat Chiu Phillips
As a resident of the city of San Diego and a frequent visitor to Cabrillo, I am dedicated to the preservation of its natural beauty and rich history. I hope to encourage visitors to take part in their own ecological and environmental responsibilities. Several artist led workshops will be held to encourage community participation and interaction. Debris Den is playful yet also offers an ecological interest that inevitably enhances public awareness to pollution caused by plastic materials.
My intention as an artist working in this space, is to bring awareness to the plastic ocean pollution problem through my art. I’m passionate about creating with reusable materials. I would love to collect reusable materials found on the park’s grounds and then repurpose them into works of art. I can imagine colorful plastics, interesting metals, wooden pieces, and more, all ready for a new life in my art. I’m interested in the materials that are in the park’s waters, those that wash up on the park’s shores and what is found on land. I’d also like to reuse materials that would usually be discarded from the Monument’s daily business. I would collect reusable materials from the different activities and departments of the park such as the visitor center, bookstore, construction areas, etc. Then these things that would usually be thrown away could now be repurposed into art. My artwork will depend on which materials I find, but will most likely be sculptural and three-dimensional.
Mixed media lends itself to working with varied textures and multiple layers, thus becoming a metaphor for the diversity and complexity of our own lives and our environment. The relationship of art and memory has been central in my work, thus much of my work is a series of reflections and connections with people and places, culled from the past and looking toward the future. For me, various natural objects often bring to mind a moment in time, and speak to me of the timeless, elemental nature of home. Our connection to the world around us, the places we seek as touchstones, those that remind us of the glory of nature and the peace of untouched spaces, is an underlying element in my mixed media pieces. Current work with a variety of handmade papers, paint, and found objects strives to express a subtle, harmonious richness that indicates depth, without sacrificing an underlying simplicity, exploring the use of these layers and textures to express the ever-changing nature of personal landscape.
Tim West AIR 2014