WAM Expo 2016

On January 28th,  twenty-five local female artists, writers, and filmmakers displayed their work in an exhibit by Spoken WAM.  Guests circulated through the gallery and theater to view the cross-disciplinary exhibit. Participants in the expo were selected through an open call for submissions. A committee comprised of local artists, academics, and art administrators curated the work.

Contributions were made by international artists who had previously worked in Spokane, recent transplants, from outside the region, and by  locals whose practice has remained here.  Despite the diversity of media, subject matter, and perspectives, cooperation and support were felt by all. The expo peaked at the Bartlett with an hour-long series of live readings by local poets, including Poet Laureate Laura Read, Ellen Welcker, Maya Zeller, Nance van Winckel, and others.  Printmakers and graphic designers offered smaller handmade goods, while Batch Bakeshop and Spaceman Coffee provided pastries and beverages.  Spokane WAM hopes to continue the process of establishing a supportive presence within the community.

Featured Artists

Nile Livingston is immersed in community building, entrepreneurship, and art. She was featured in Philly Voice’s Historic Philadelphia Ten–a selection of 10 women making bold statements through art. Her artworks are in the PA Convention Center’s permanent collection, and are frequently displayed in galleries across the nation. She enjoy demonstrating her creative process to others and collaborating with different communities.
Nile holds true to the fact that there is so much to discover in this world. Consequently, her passions are extremely charged and her art is the by-product of human consciousness. Biographic interpretations of growing up in a home filled with rolls of drafting papers, collections of teapots, and acoustic instruments have inspired her to explore endless aesthetic propositions. She produce artworks in various mediums that include painting, drawing and sculpture. Themes present in her art range from genealogical dementia, loss, character encounters, decadence, and poverty. Similar to a public diary entry, each installation reveals pieces of an evolving story of who we are as people.

Nile Livingston

Digital Media

Rebecca Adams

Rebecca Adams, Spokane WAM, Spokane Art

Origins of Palette
Acrylic on Canvas
24in x 30in

“There are many things in life I value deeply: nature, health, family, and my dog; although, not necessarily in that order. My investigations include the exploration of relationships, patterns in chaos, humor in the absurd, the human impact on the natural world and vice versa, and personal experiences. The subtle contradictions found in modern life have always interested me. Something as simple as a tiny piece of candy molded into the shape of a fruit it is intended to mimic, saturated in an unnatural color and infused with artificial flavors into seductive illusions that play on our senses and our choices.

The surprising similarities between naturally occurring things and human invention inspire me to create a world infusing the two. Utilizing tiny details, hidden imagery and meaning I enjoy intertwining the precious with devastation. As functional objects formed by human hands are reminiscent of a flower’s natural shape and beauty, what speaks to me is the ability to make connections within these things as an expression of my amusement, fascination, deep regard, utter frustration and sometimes disgust as a pure expression of creativity and problem solving in pursuit of making sense of existence with visual representation. When the intuitive creative process takes place I find myself in a state of truly living a life of meaning.

I use variety of mediums used by mixing, blending, and layering as much as I do with imagery and meaning while hinting at nostalgia. I enjoy painting with acrylics and illustrating with graphite, colored pencils, charcoal, pastel and ink, printmaking processes and photography. Basically anything I can experiment with in a variety of ways. In a world filled to the brim with an array of options I love to embrace as many as possible.”

Priscilla Barnett was born in Barbados, West Indies. She came to New York at the age of 15. Priscilla obtained her BFA at Parsons School of Design. She later moved to Alaska before ending up in Spokane, WA. She has shown her work in New York, Alaska and Spokane. She currently runs an art group for youth called ‘Recovery Through the Arts’ at Passages Family Support. Priscilla’s art speaks from the heart and life experiences.

Priscilla Barnett

Priscilla Barnett, Spokane WAM, Spokane Art

Life’s Circle
Acrylic on Canvas
24in x 24in

Ashley Vaughn

Conscious Cluster
Acrylic on Canvas
30in x 40in

“For the same reason a person endeavors to experience nature, understand a dream or bond with an animal, I partake in the act of creation. It is in the moments of connectedness and understanding that the essence and reason of ‘being’ percolates into existence. I seek to create qualities that exist within those moments; qualities that impart the notion of an unseen existence while maintaining a connection to the physical world.

Ethereal wonder is apparent in my use of color in relation to the generation of whimsical and atmospheric content. Qualities of light, air and energy coalesce to support the unseen existence of the metaphysical while still providing a narrative. Within my paintings, there is a relationship that moves between certainty and ambiguity, providing the viewer an opportunity to contemplate my creative choices.”

“I grew up all around the Seattle area and started my journey in 2003 when I got my first camera. In the beginning, I photographed mainly self portraits but realized I’d found a hidden magic of capturing instant memories and feelings of not only myself but of friends and events and grew more and more interested in showcasing a hidden nature of people in photographs. When I moved to Spokane, Washington in 2006, I found many like minded individuals who wanted to share in this creative adventure with me.

Since then, photography has been a huge part of my life. How I see the world is created by what has inspired me throughout it. Things like early photographers Edward Steichen, Pierre-Louise Pierson, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, among others. As well as dramatic and visually stunning movies like The Piano, To the Wonder, Children of Men and Inception. Especially eclectic and talented fashion designers like Elie Saab, Zuhair Murad, Alexander McQueen, and Marchesa.

My specialty is creating visual poetry to your life story. To give an outlet for your look, your voice, your passion and your heart as well as mine and integrating both yours and mine into something that we both can be proud of and wow’ed by.

Meeting you is a good day for me, photographing you is a better one.”

Sarah Katherine

Till the Night Comes
(2) 16in x 20in

Jenny Hyde

Overland Routes (from Passageways)
Video project and digital print on polyester cloth
50in x 30in

“My work is involves many processes, from traditional to experimental, but always engages the use of digital technology. To me, the process of creating, saving and then using digital matter emulates how our own experiences are translated to memory and stored in our brains. Just as there is a balance between the mind and the body for our existence, I find a balance between the physical forms of my work and the digital process it took to make it.

Though my work seems varied in medium and content, there is always a connection to American history, physicality and an emphasis on everyday lives. I like to find clues of inner psyche through the display of physical evidence. Like a forensic scientist looking at bones to discover how someone died or lived, or a cultural anthropologist looking at the remains of a civilization for historical truth. I do this but on a much smaller mundane scale. I’m interested in the stuff of contemporary lives, the things in the present. These observations can be piles of trash or the books on a bookshelf or subtle twitches of body language.”

“If there is a general message I hope people take away from my paintings, it would be simply ‘Be kind.’ There is so much pain involved in simply living, that I believe we should spare each other as much as we can.”

Karen Swanson

The Cruelest Animal is Man
Acrylic on canvas
24in x 36in

Remelisa Cullitan

Down There
Fabric, paint, wood
4ft x 5ft x 1ft

“I expose myself, other female bodies and bodily functions, along with external objects in relation to the female form. Through exposure, it normalizes these everyday topics surrounding women’s lives that are all too often stigmatized. My work aims to desexualize the body. Even though genitalia are presented or inferred, there is nothing sexual about my work. I work with 3 dimensional objects in order to create a direct connection between my sculptures, and the bodies of my viewers and other bodies around them. My sculptural works become anchoring points in the viewer’s reality. And much like my sculptures utilize an element of space, the methodicalness in which I approach creating also evokes an element of time. The carefully thought through placements of features on my work points towards a sense of repetitive action, which informs the viewer of the amount of time that goes into each art piece. When it comes to materials, Human hair is something that finds frequent use in my sculptures. The idea of, ‘this was once on another living human being,’ gives my work life of a sort. There is a connection to be made between the artwork I have created, and the actual, anonymous person whom I have acquired this hair from.”

“I am interested in movement and nature, in particular, landscapes. I am drawn to the organic sinuous line. To me it represents this unstoppable moving force. The curves and edges are a constant reminder that all living things are always moving, breathing and growing. I try to bring this thing which is bigger than any of us to a small manageable size; something tangible that we can perhaps understand. My work explores this feeling of change and movement and the loneliness that we are sometimes left with when things change.”

Erin Mielcarek

5in x 5in x 12in

Rebekah Wilkins-Pepiton

A Tribute to Dahpne
Mixed media with linocut and woodcut
18in x 24in

“My work explores our current, collective, and ongoing relationship with the natural world. More specifically, I take up the potent effect(s) this relationship has on human-to-human connections. Toward this end, my practice involves the illumination of naturally existing phenomena such as a quartz inclusion in a granite boulder, poppies in a minefield, or an ant trapped in water mold, considering them to be visual metaphors for the human condition. I combine a variety of printmaking methods and often work in collaboration with writers and other artists to flesh out the fullest potential of these discoveries and to create unified works where text and image exist in dialogue.

As an art educator, I am dedicated to helping people of all ages find their unique voice and imagine possibilities for their artistic interventions. My concern for the natural world causes my active engagement with questions over the influence of place. As such, my pedagogy invites students to explore how art expands our understanding of a particular place, helping them to see, appreciate, and experience the fullness of our built and natural worlds.

I am based in Spokane, WA, where I teach visual art and serve on the Spokane Arts Commission.”

“I have a passion for photography.”

Katie Hartwig

The Unfortunate Answer
8in x 10in

Ceilan Hunter-Green

Weightless / Blameless
Mixed media
5in x 8in

Ceilan Hunter-Green is a printmaker, zine editor, writer, and freelance proofreader from Spokane, Washington. She received her B.A. in English and French from Gonzaga University, where she began her involvement with the local writing community as a fiction reader and proofreader for the journals Willow Springs and River Lit. She has participated in panels on zine production as well as race and whiteness in education, and has presented research on feminist film theory and commodification and Facebook. She recently resettled to Edinburgh and is exploring, learning, and coveting other peoples’ dogs.

Michaelanne Foster

Hand-colored giclee print of original pen and ink
22in x 15in

Amia Art

Punk’s Not Dead
17in x 11in


“I live and work in Paris. Two arms, two legs, one head, three eyes.

Swiss knife of the image, I prefer a multidisciplinary approach: digital arts, photography, video, graphics, installations …

I followed a classical curriculum. After having practiced, since childhood, various modes of expression, it is by self-taught that I have been learning the graphic arts since 2007. I did this learning “on the job”, with nevertheless the Advice, reviews and criticism of various professionals. This path may have disadvantages. It nevertheless has the advantage of freeing itself from technical constraints and having a more instinctive, freer approach. I quickly turned to the general design and visual formatting of multimedia media. In parallel, I developed activities in photography, video, VJing and digital arts, which bring a more creative aspect to my work.”

Dorianne Wotton

Digital Media