studio e, Seattle
“I create work that references how I think. It's built from nature, systems, invented forms and various formalist observations. The process of making the work is what triggers the response. I want the work to generate familiar yet perhaps unknown associations to our world. My studio practice involves drawing, painting, printmaking and found materials.”
— Brian Cypher
“Exploration of my immediate environment, usually on foot or on bike, is integral to my process. I paint, draw, and collect materials on these outings, seeking out sites that reveal hidden histories through repeated investigations–often a history of human interaction with a landscape in flux. I regularly work on Seattle’s beaches and in wooded areas, such as Discovery Park and Carkeek Park.
I use my memories of a place–the colors, the light at a certain time, signs of seasonal transition, the clothing I was wearing or someone else was wearing–when I work in my studio. I’m interested in how these places peripheral to the urban environment are vital sanctuaries in a city undergoing massive and rapid development. In Carkeek Park I observed the salmon as they returned to Piper’s Creek and the movements of herons as they fed in the creek. I have recently been focusing on the diversity of plant life in an area of North Seattle, near my house, called Llandover Woods. I have been working there over a year now, both from memory and direct observation, recording my observations of a variety of flora throughout the seasons.”
— Sarah Norsworthy