All in Artist Highlight


Lea Thomas is a multidisciplinary artist and musician living in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from the island of Maui, Hawaii, Lea moved to New York at 17 to further her study of audio engineering. Over the years she has incorporated the practices of traditional Western herbalism and weaving to build a healthy, rounded, and beautiful life. ‘Currents’ a solo exhibition of her fiber art, was on view at Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn in late spring. Her woven work, varied and responsive in its different iterations, is characterized by tonal harmony and connectivity of textures, and an abiding appreciation for the natural world: its beauties, its trials, its complexities, its resources. Her next album, a collaborative release with musician John Thayer, is entitled Blue of Distance and is due out October 4 via Spirit House Records.

Artist Highlight: Jessica Duggan

An explorative essay based on research found on the histories and meanings behind colour. Can colour be used to alter our perception to encourage a greener way of life? Jessica Duggan’s contextual report investigates multiple areas in which colour can be used to alter our ways of seeing.

Artist Highlight: Cathy Savels

Cathy Savels is a Belgian artist based in France. Originally trained as an interior designer, over the past eighteen years,  Cathy has been using her creative skill to produce original art works.

Cathy's works combine the traditional medium of painting with the use of other materials such as string, paper and cloth to create beautiful textured works which are both striking and accessible for the viewer.  Her paintings are always of a botanical nature and she shows the beauty of nature by zooming right in close to the subject.

Artist Highlight: Kit Porter

Kit Porter received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from the University of the South in 2005. In addition to creating her own art, she has held positions in various sectors of the fine art world locally and internationally. She has had a lifelong relationship to the coastal environment, combing beaches around the world during her travels, paying particular attention to the beaches she has lived near in Southeastern North Carolina, the Lowcountry of South Carolina, the Northeast of Scotland, and in Houston, Texas where she currently resides. 

Artist Highlight: Rithika Merchant

Rithika Merchant (b. 1986) received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Parsons - The New School of Design, New York (2008). Since graduating, she has exhibited her work extensively, including a number of solo exhibitions in India, Spain, Germany, and the United States.

Merchant's works are an exploration of epics and myths across geography. She create mosaics of myths that question received histories that are available to us throughout culture. Derived from an attempt at self discovery and aimed towards solving contemporary strife; created by what we may describe as a conflict of civilizations, which is negated by locating a mythical strain of unanimity.  

Artist Highlight: Maddy Minnis

Maddy Minnis is a photographer, videographer, and motion designer with a passion for adventure. From being a scholarship athlete in art school to working in tech in a small horse farming village in New Mexico, she thrives among all the absurdities that continually sculpt her life.

Artist Highlight: Paul Hoi

Paul Hoi is an experimental landscape photographer based in Oakland, California.


He is fascinated by the uncanny feeling of seeing a landscape that feel both alien and familiar, landscapes and spaces that challenge our foundational scale of space and time.  In that sense, sci-fi and the psychedelic movement have naturally informed his work. Hoi is especially drawn to the desert because these traits seem particularly pronounced in that environment.

Artist Highlight: Christopher Drury

Artist Highlight: Chris Drury is an environmental artist, creating site-specific nature based sculpture, often referred to as Land Art or Art in Nature. Drury also work in art and Science, making installations inside and creating works on paper. He also works with maps, digital and video art, and works with mushrooms. Dury’s work creates connections between different phenomena in the world, specifically between Nature and Culture, Inner and Outer and Microcosm and Macrocosm. He collaborates with scientists and technicians from a broad spectrum of disciplines and uses whatever visual means, technologies and materials best suit the situation.

Artist Highlight: Spencer Merolla

Artist Highlight: Spencer Merolla - Coal Comforts is a concept bakery in which traditional baked goods are replaced with inedible versions made from coal ash. An evocative material, ash suggests both personal mortality (ashes to ashes, cremation) and communal annihilation by way of mass destruction. On the face of it, these baked goods look just like the real thing, but close inspection reveals that they are not what they seem. The familiar forms of cookies and cakes generally evoke fond memories, but the confounding of expectations about what is on offer at the “bakery” invites the viewer to question the nostalgic impulse itself. Nostalgia persuades us that what is familiar is innocuous, and in so doing masks a harmful reality—that our overindulgence in fossil fuels has been—and will be—our undoing.

Artist Highlight: Ryan Dewey

Artist | Cognitive Scientist. RYANDEWEY.ORG. I do post-disciplinary work that addresses ecological and social issues by conjuring new tools and processes for collaboration with nature. But art is kind of a second career for me, I originally worked as an anthropologist, linguist, and cognitive scientist and I bring that history to my work as I look at embodiment, human systems, and ecological systems. I’ve always been fascinated with geology and geography and I starting thinking about ways people and cultures think about landscape and the environment and that sort of led into my current practice. I started off collaborating with architects and other artists to design installations with my collaborative Geologic Cognition Society ( and then I just started working more and more on my own. I guess I came to art through academics and research and I feel like that set me up to do the kind of work I do now.

Artist Highlight: Yuko Amano

I am a photographer and video artist based in Tokyo. I completed a Master degree in Photography at Musashino Art University,Tokyo. Most of my photographs find subjects in nature and animals. The images depict the subjects innocently and freshly, and each image has its own meaning and philosophy based on my interpretation of the world. I am also interested in ethnology and folkloristic, and aim to represent how the relationship between a certain place and human memory or recognition are changing in a long period of history. Since April, I am an artist in residence at the Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris.

Artist Highlight: Chiara Zonca

Chiara Zonca (b. 1982 in Milan, Italy) is a photographer based in London, United Kingdom. She studied photography formally after high school and that was enough to put her off the profession for a while. Ten years later, after a successful career in video editing and motion graphic design, she re-discovered her love for still pixels and exploration. She now seeks for remote and isolated spaces, documenting specific moments in time when changeable light or weather conditions alter her landscape perception.  This necessary shift enables her to see past the present and investigate the earth as a timeless, untouched-by-humans, dream-like entity. Colour plays a big role in her creative process and it is an essential tool to convey her emotions.

Artist Highlight: Roberto Fernández

I began photography in my thirties, building a darkroom at home and learning the craft by myself through books and magazines. Darkroom techniques were learnt via trial and error. My previous studies in Chemistry and my work for twenty-seven years in the chemical industry helped me a lot to formulate my own photographic mixings and to experiment in different processes.

Artist Highlight: Linda Finch

Linda Finch began painting while attending the University of California in Davis, California as a Biological Sciences major. After graduating, Finch moved to New York City where she continued to take art classes and later moved into children’s book illustration. Finch has illustrated several books with a focus on the educational market. In 2017 she entered the ranks of mature female artists and is now a full-time painter.