SchoolArts Magazine

March 2015

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24 March 2015 SchoolArts All Levels als. Those collages are then com- bined on-site to create a much larger assemblage she hopes will bring her to the "edge of what I am capable of, because I don't know what that edge is." Chance plays a huge role in creating these sculptural palettes of color, for the finished piece is yet to be determined. After attaching her colorful collages directly to the wall, the day's work is photographed, ana - lyzed, "to see the truth about it," and adjusted the next day by adding or subtracting specific elements. Exploring the Unfamiliar After earning a degree in English lit - erature, Hoke traveled, what was for her, an unfamiliar path. Having only taken one high-school art class, she enrolled in Virginia Commonwealth University's art program because she was curious about discovering her found in cardboard packaging creates a dichotomy: Hoke acknowledges she "benefits greatly from recycling, but I am inadvertently reproducing the scale and surplus that we all encoun - ter daily when we enter a mall, department store, or grocery store." Assemblage on the Edge Hoke's process begins in her studio, where she collects and sorts materi - als by color and size, then creates small collages from those materi - U pon encountering an installation created by artist Lisa Hoke, you feel engulfed in a tsunami of undulating color swelling outward from the walls that support it. A spectral ocean wave sweeps over the viewer's eye and around cascading curves, angled forms, and repetitive patterns to create an overwhelming sense of excitement. An Ocean of Found Objects This ocean of vibrant color is created using ordinary found objects such as packaging materials, paper plates and cups, and other recycled objects procured by the artist and the com - munity in which she lives. Hoke uses these materials as a vehicle for color, which is the element that makes her heart beat. The lure of the bold array of colors THE ART OF A spectral ocean wave sweeps over the viewer's eye and around cascading curves, angled forms, and repetitive patterns to create an overwhelming sense of excitement. Mary Coy ABUNDANCE

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