We are excited to announce our third featured artist who is showcasing her work as part of Factory Mark Gallery’s Look Here exhibit: Isabel Beavers. Isabel is a multimedia installation artist that creates experiences for people to learn something about current environmental issues. Here are five things you should know about her:
1. Scientific research drives her artwork
Isabel’s uses digital animation, drawing, sculpture, and light to visualize scientific findings related to climate change effects, like the melting of sea ice. She utilizes artificial materials to represent real landscape, and uses specific ecosystems as microcosms to study what is happening on a global scale within her art installations.
2. She started out as a painter
When Isabel was young, she would often paint with her grandma while visiting her in Mississippi. Years later, when she joined the art world, Isabel started out painting landscapes. She’s always been drawn to reinterpreting what she sees in the world, so it made sense why landscape became an interest of hers right from the start. Over the years, her work has evolved to include many more mediums including video and audio, to challenge herself to find ways to represent recent scientific research into her artworks.
3. What inspires her
The number one influence on her work is environmental science, and in particular, marine biology. Isabel is also inspired by the history of science, and by the ideas of exploration and expeditions. She works to stay cognizant of the way we as a culture think about the world and incorporates that into her work. On top of all of this, music, poetry, and books are all major inspirations for Isabel and her art.
3. Her favorite medium to work with
The fact that sound is Isabel’s favorite medium to work with shouldn’t come as a surprise. She has always loved music, and has also played music throughout her life using instruments including the flute, saxophone, and piano. She has begun to use sound more recently in her work, which is different from the visual media she usually uses. While this might be the medium she is least proficient in, it’s a favorite because it’s challenged her to learn how to create an experience with data using only sound.
5. The best piece of advice she’s been given
One professor taught Isabel the importance of learning to get to know yourself and your studio, both your good and bad habits. This has helped her to know both who she is an as artist, but more importantly who she is not. One of the most crucial lessons she learned from this professor’s advice is that you shouldn’t try to be an artist you are not. Having a better understanding of this has allowed Isabel to get better at the process of making art.
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