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Published May 31, 2023

Team Highlights: May 2023

By The Testudo Team

Each month, the team at Testudo selects exciting artworks we love to highlight. Here are some of our current favorites for May.

Karen Jaimes, Bananaman, Ecuador, Quichua Descendant, 2020. Custom Clay, Glaze, Decals.

"I feel a deeply personal kinship to this work. When we brought Karen's pieces into our offices to photograph, I was tasked with wrapping this for safe transport. Swaddling the work and caring for it gave me a deep appreciation for the intensity of its emotions. The environmental and sociopolitical themes Karen explores feel so prescient, and Bananaman is, to me, a showstopper."

- John Dennehy, Co-Founder

Kelsey Tynik, The Most Important Things Are the Hardest Things to Say, 2021. Acrylic on canvas, found fabric, pastels, beads, polyester filling, and hand carved wood

Kelsey Tynik’s The Most Important Things Are the Hardest Things to Say is a clear example of the ways in which Kelsey is able to activate her installations by connecting elements that occupy space in diverse ways and playing with our expectations of how they should function together. Traditional notions of the way in which certain mediums 'should' be displayed are called into question as a carved wood form normally reserved for a pedestal is hung on the wall and experienced as an image, and a canvas painted in acrylic is laid on the floor without its support able to be experienced as an object."

- Connor McNicholas, Director of Curation

Natan Lawson, Black Flower on a Sunset with a Floral Border, 2021. Acrylic on canvas

"What looks like a patterned floral tapestry, a throwback to a bygone era, appears beneath graphic graffiti-like strokes of black paint that outline big bold flowers. There is more to Natan's work that meets the eye. Simultaneously resembling an old-fashioned textile and an ultramodern digital image, Black Flower on a Sunset with Floral Border (2021) is in fact a painting—one rendered by a machine, though monitored and guided by the artist's deft hand. Natan treads this fertile ground between these various forms of craft, art, and technology, venturing across such diverse territories to find intersections between tactility and virtuality, tradition and rebellion, death and rebirth."

- Julie Reiter Greene, Brand & Business Development

Hanna Washburn, Daisy, 2019. Recycled textiles, thread, batting, acrylic paint, doll chair.

"Constructed from recycled textiles, clothing, and household items, Hanna Washburn’s sculptures are a patchwork of previous lives and functions. Her handsewn forms often depict a figure in process of morphing or changing: 'they droop, gesture, and hold space,' Hanna says. I’m immediately drawn to the cheerful patterning and bending gesture in Daisy, a piece that embodies the hard and soft nature of Hanna’s materials. The entire form here is covered in a bright pink acryclic paint, adding a stiff, cement-like outer shell to the figure’s soft interior. To me, Daisy is a perfect ambassador for spring. Holding multiple textures and emotions in balance at once, the piece ushers in a new season of growth and movement."

- Kate Parvenski, Director of Content

Kim Garcia, I Measured the Shadows, 2022. Metal, plaster, epoxy resin, acrylic paint, oil stick, and half-empty sake bottle.

"Kim's piece, I Measured the Shadows, is part of a greater series called, she haunts, which explores how narrative can transform trauma into power. Kim expanded upon this exploration in her current solo exhibition, Smoking in the Garden, at Phase Gallery in Los Angeles. I appreciate Kim's talent to embody personal folklore and shared histories within this sculpture."

- Kirby Voigtman, Co-Founder


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