Photography

Jessica Caldas

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Jessica Caldas, Mixed Media Artist

Medium

Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Mixed Media

Bio

Jessica Caldas is an Atlanta based artist, advocate, and activist. Her work deals with connecting personal and community narratives to larger themes and social issues. Caldas has participated in numerous emerging artist residencies, including the Atlanta Printmakers Studio in 2011, MINT Gallery's Leap Year Program from 2012-2013, and WonderRoot’s 2013-2014 Walthall Fellowship. She is currently a 2018-2020 Creative Project Resident. Caldas was awarded The Center for Civic Innovations 2016 Creative Impact award, named Creative Loafing's Best of ATL Artist for 2016 and 2015, received the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs Emerging Artist Award in Visual Arts for 2014, and was a finalist for the Forward Arts Foundation's Emerging Artist Award in 2014. She has shown work nationally, internationally, and throughout the city of Atlanta at various galleries and through several public art programs. Her work has been featured at Burnaway, ArtsAtl, Creative Loafing Atlanta, Atlanta Magazine, Simply Buckhead, and more.

Prior to working full time as an artist, Caldas worked with the Atlanta based non-profit, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, coordinating their Domestic Violence and Guardian ad Litem programs and continues to volunteer for the foundation. For several years was also the volunteer director of Hollaback! Atlanta, the local chapter of an international movement focused on fighting against the harassment and assault of women and the LGTBQI community in public spaces.

In her advocacy work, Caldas spends time lobbying for policy at the local level and spent time with the YWCA Georgia Women's Policy Institute at the 2016 general assembly to assure the passage of the Rape Kit Bill and in 2016 to stop HB 51 in 2017, a bill that would have harmed the safety of sexual assault survivors on college campuses.

Caldas is currently pursuing her Masters of Fine Arts degree at Georgia State University and received her BFA in printmaking from the University of Georgia in 2012. She lives in Atlanta, GA.

About

Jessica comes to Paint Love through her leadership on a 5 part series of civically engaged art at Clarkston High.

Adam Forrester

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Adam Forrester, Digital Media Artist

Medium

Photography, Film, Videography

Bio

Adam Forrester (b. 1980) received his MFA from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia.  His work has been screened and exhibited nationally and internationally as well as featured by NPR, The Bitter Southerner, and VICE Magazine.  His recent documentary film, Eat White Dirtwas distributed via World Channel to public television stations across the U.S.  Adam makes work about bizarre myths and mumbled truths. From time to time, he reminisces about the moment when jelly shoes and reebok pumps were popular.  He is currently, most likely, somewhere between Atlanta and New Orleans.

About

Adam comes to Paint Love through his residency with The Creative Project. 

Kristan Woolford

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Kristan Woolford, Digital Media Artist

Medium

Video, Film, Photo, Projection

Bio

The one undeniable truth that I base my work in is that we all have souls, and we are all connected on a spiritual level. I strive to interrogate, explore, and encourage sense making about the process of creating more equitable circumstances for all. What I ultimately aim to create are the conversations surrounding social justice and Black experiences in America that begin to percolate among individuals after they have experienced my work. I am inspired by the fact that the tools of production are lower than ever in this digital age, and with determination and an awareness that almost anything can be repurposed and used for creative expression, I hope everyone can dare to see that there is an artist that resides within us all.

About

I believe the arts speak a universal language which has the ability to transcend barriers like class, culture, age, etc. Paint Love is a wonderful vehicle for social bonding through a shared love of artistry and creativity.

*Kristan comes to Love Paint through his residency with The Creative Project.

Tim Merritt

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Tim Merritt, Photographer 

About

My wife Ellen Gadberry is a Paint Love artist and introduced me to Paint Love's vision and amazing work. I'd like to help people better understand the terrific cameras they carry every day in their smartphones. Unprecedented numbers of people carry these great cameras with them all the time! I want to help them express their vision with great photographs.

Medium

Photography 

Bio

I've always been fascinated with photography, especially candids, street photography, light and texture. Influences include my grandmother, an amazing amateur who did it for pure love of it, and the intimate examinations of shape, light, and texture of Cartier-Bresson, Eisenstadt, Adams, Vivian Maier, Abelardo Morell. A good photograph makes the familiar unfamiliar, prompting a renewed vision in the viewer.Art and its creation needs to be shared; we all have a need to reflect and express what we experience in some way, and to engage with those kinds of expressions from others: words, music, movement, drawings, paintings, photographs, sculpture, all the arts. My art, the creation of it, takes me into the world with my eyes open. I welcome company on that journey.

Laura Asherman

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Laura Asherman, Sculptor, Filmmaker

BIO

As a lifelong creator, I use film as a mechanism for exploring the world around me, and ceramics to look within. Since childhood, I’ve been making films—first on my parents video camera, then at the local public access TV station in my hometown of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and now as a documentary filmmaker and owner of Forage Films.

Creating allows me to slow down and focus with a clear head, foregoing any sense of time. I live for the challenge of documentary storytelling, and often find that sculpting is the best way for me get past the roadblocks of an edit. I love the familiar feeling of a fired piece in my hands; how I can hold it and remember where my fingers fit to make each indentation, protrusion, and fold. The process of turning a lifeless lump of clay into an emotive, one-of-a-kind being is magical and never ceases to intrigue and center me.

My inspiration for sculptures stems from my curiosity about humanity, love for creepy things, and gory sense of humor. As a lifelong animal enthusiast, cartoony creatures always seem to find their way into my ceramic creations. As someone constantly developing and redefining my relationship with the world around me, I’m inspired to create my own features the way I see them—often silly, strong, and hilariously grotesque.

As a documentary filmmaker I am inspired by ordinary qualities in extraordinary people and extraordinary qualities in ordinary people and lean toward a character-driven approach to filmmaking. As a feminist and social justice advocate I have found that film is my mechanism of choice for creating awareness and impacting positive social change.

Morgan Corbett

Morgan Corbett, Photographer and Painter

I met Julie through our small group at Decatur City Church and quickly found out about Paint Love! I am such a believer in the impact art can have and that is a major part of why I chose to pursue a career in art education for several years. Now that I pursue my photography business full time, I love that Paint Love gives me opportunities to incorporate both of those passions to help make a difference. 

MEDIUM

Digital Photography, Acrylic

BIO

Morgan graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.F.A in Studio Art and Art Education. For the past 5 years she taught drawing, painting, photography, and design classes to high school students every day. She now pursues her photography business full time, but loves that Paint Love gives her opportunities to still incorporate her passion for teaching. In addition to photography, Morgan uses a variety of mediums and subject matter, and tries to incorporate a whimsical and colorful perspective into all of her work. She has a passion for design, and sharing her love of art with others. Morgan currently lives in Conyers, GA with her husband Shane and is expecting a baby boy in December! She enjoys creating, decorating her house, and going on adventures.  

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