Carly Drew, Katelyn Chapman, and Kolton Miller are all Drawn South through their childhood immersion in and reverence for South Carolina's culture and landscape. Their images explore and narrate their home landscape with layers of media that present a "compression of history" according to Carly and "multiple perspectives" says Katelyn. Kolton may speak for all three when he says, "It is important that the work questions the time, place, and realness of your standard landscape, pushing something normally thought of as concrete into an unearthly event." While studying together at Clemson University, the three became friends and colleagues.
Carly builds bucolic Appalachian landscapes explaining, "My work examines our ever-changing relationships to place through the layers of personal history, industrial changes to the terrain, and the rich American landscape painting tradition. The reason drawing is my media of choice is that it parallels these layers by always holding evidence of decisions made during the working process and showing changes in the work that have taken place over time."
Katelyn comments "through drawing and painting mediums, I layer line and pigment to capture the authentic in-between moments of life in the American South; the moments before, the moments of, and moments after, in order to initiate the act of looking from all perspectives to discover ourselves in the truth of the world." Katelyn's painting "A Good Plenty" is a familiar detail of a "mess" of fish, an integral image of the rural South.
Kolton continues to utilize linear and geometric elements of drawing in his paintings and explains, "My paintings capture the past, present, and future through abstracted landscapes imbedded with psychological connections. Within my work I combine vectors between solidity and transparency through layering imagery and place."
Carly, Katelyn, and Kolton are Drawn South as artists and friends who continue to live in, work in, and interpret the South. Carly, a Greenville Technical College graduate, received her BFA from Converse College in 2011 and her MFA from Clemson University in 2013. She is an adjunct instructor at both Clemson and Greenville Tech and exhibits widely. Katelyn received her BFA from Clemson University in 2014 and is a MFA candidate at the University of Georgia. Kolton, also a Greenville Tech graduate and 2014 Clemson BFA alum, lives and paints in Charleston.
RIVERWORKS Gallery is operated by and for the faculty and students of the Department of Visual Arts at Greenville Technical College. RIVERWORKS Gallery is located at 300 River Street, Suite 202, along the scenic Reedy River in downtown Greenville, SC. The Benson Campus Galleries are located at 2522 Locust Hill Road in Taylors, SC.
For more information, call:
Fleming Markel, Director
(864) 271-0679 or email