Jill Taffet and Judith White Marcellini are featured in our March exhibit, Bio-Genesis. Opening Reception March 8, 2018 6pm-8pm What do art and science have in common? Almost everything, from my point of view. This exhibition joins two artists exploring the moment of creation and consciousness. Immerse yourself in the moving imagery of Jill taffet’s hand-drawn cel animation. And explore, up-close paper sculptures of Judith White Marcellini’s creatures of the Cambrian Explosion. More on that here.

Jill Taffet

Inspired by the mysteries of existence, I research scientific positions, experiments and theories, particularly relating to biology and the science of life. I explore what lies beyond the material world, perhaps to chance upon or even discover new ways of looking, thinking and experiencing the universe in which we live. My intention is to create phenomenological experiences that evoke wonder and provoke inquiry.

Jill received her BFA (Studio Art) from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art & Science in New York and her MFA (New Genres) from The San Francisco Art Institute. She is an exhibiting artist who creates large-scale immersive video installations, motion drawings, GIFS and New Media. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including The Unpainted Media Art Fair in Munich and Interrupting Entropy: Selections from The Betlach Collection in California. She has also exhibited at large outdoor public venues of light-based art including InLight Richmond in 2013 and 2017.  Previously Jill was an EMMY® Award-winning Creative Director recognized for experimental motion and new media projects with multiple awards from the AIGA, The Art Directors Club, SXSW, The Type Directors Club, Graphis and The Broadcast Design Assoc. Jill served as Chair of Motion Media at Savannah College of Art and Design where she created the annual Inspire Motion Media conference and currently she is faculty at Ringling College of Art and Design, where she teaches classes in Experimental Concepts, Projection Mapping and History of Motion Media.   Judith White Marcellini

The subject matter of my artworks is focused on the natural world, from fossils to the cosmos. For many years I worked at the Smithsonian’s natural history museums where I encountered beautiful, strange and fascinating objects. Today I create artworks that are inspired by my experiences there and an appreciation for the science knowledge I acquired.They are made from traditional media: acrylic and watercolor paint, glues, canvas and paper, but I employ these media in non-traditional ways. I form canvas and watercolor paper into sculptural shapes and three-dimensional platforms for paintings. I thicken acrylic so it can be applied like frosting. What I am after is the dimensionality and tactile quality of real objects.

A published author of many children’s books, Judith graduated with distinction from California College of the Arts. She has exhibited in group and juried exhibitions in California, Washington, and Virginia. In 2011 and 2013 she awarded commissions from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Oakland. She lives in Berkeley.

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