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Artist Statement: Chris A. Owens
Studying Graphic Design led Chris to explore media with texture; ultimately to modern clays and working in polymer. Originally drawn to its capacity for texture and color, she found working in polymer a relaxing, healing process that produces versatile and durable art. It is now a mixed media journey that injects art into function, explores resins, is punctuated with illustrations, and draws on vintage and historical references or components along the way.
CABz is the artist signature for RetroVenue studio. The “Bz” and whimsical bees tucked into her illustrations honor the Polish branch of her family and English translation of her maiden name, “Beekeeper.”
Chris has been working in polymer since 2007. Her signature items are artisan veneered canteens and mini-kaleidoscopes. (The kaleidoscope components are assembled by the artist and enclosed inside her handcrafted veneers.) Each year a portion of her work is donated to support women’s organizations and other not-for-profit community groups.
Affiliations: International Polymer Clay Association, and Kentucky Tennessee Polymer Clay Guild (KTPCG). She credits The KTPCG annual retreat, which features regional, national and international artists, with expanding her ability to grow as an artist.
You can find her work at Edenside Gallery and in her art studio. Studio Location: Art Sanctuary – Studio 206 A/D, 1433 S. Shelby Street, Louisville KY. (Contact in advance for studio appointment / access.)