Madara Tropa is a visual artist living in Latvia, Mexico, and the United States. In her paintings, installations, and videos, Tropa constructs dream-like spaces where the sense of human vacancy is uncertain and nebulous. She studied at the National University of Latvia and the National School of Art in Mexico City. Recent exhibitions have been at The Museum of Mexico City, The Cultural Institute of Aguascalientes, The Modern Art Museum of Toluca, and The Daugavpils Regional Museum of Art in Latvia. She was awarded the 2019 Elizabeth Sloan Tyler Memorial Award for Fine Art.
Wen Yu is a multi-media artist from Suzhou, China, who now lives in Boston where she creates research-based projects that integrate art, technology, story-telling, and tangible materials. Yu explores the line between digital and handcrafted. She currently works as the principle artist at ArnoX in Boston. Her work has been exhibited at the M.H. de Young Museum and Asian Art Museum in San Francisco; the San Francisco Art Institute; the Lens Gallery in Boston; Boston University; and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. She co-founded Mo+CA Projects, an arts organization for contemporary artists in China. In 2017, she graduated from Boston University with a degree in arts administration. See her work in WTP Vol. VII #10.
Christine Olmstead is an abstract painter living and working in Northern Virginia whose clients include tech companies in San Francisco, Marriott Hotels, and home furnishings store West Elm. Christine’s mixed-media paintings focus on movement and mood, as well as the use of color, metallic, and reflective elements. In 2015, Olmstead graduated from Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, VA, and released her first painting collection. She’s currently pursuing an MFA in Painting from Savannah College of Art & Design. See her work in WTP Vol. VII #10.
Five years ago, painter Sandy Sokoloff left Boston to live in the more serene and isolated environment of Grand Isle, Vermont. On a whim, he’d earlier visited Lake Champlain, and when the opportunity arose to work on the waterfront, he grabbed it. He was drawn to the area’s natural beauty, as well as its majestic skies and the distant Adirondack Mountains. “I’ve never looked back,” says Sokoloff. “Winter is especially inspiring—isolation and silence.”
Eileen Murphy has spent most of her life along the Hudson River, first in Westchester and Columbia Counties, and now in Brooklyn, where she has lived for the past fifteen years. Murphy has shown widely in New York City and in Hudson, NY. She has been awarded residencies to the Vermont Studio Center and Yaddo. She’s also been featured in publications such as Harper’s Magazine. In 2017, she received the Individual Artist Award from the Santo Foundation and was invited by the US Department of State to participate in the Art in the Embassies program. Her work is currently on view at the American Embassy in Algiers, Algeria. She is currently represented by Garvey|Simon in New York City and Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson, New York. Murphy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Holyoke College and a Masters of Fine Arts from the Pratt Institute.
No matter what season, artist Alex Egan finds inspiration and comfort in her home-based studio in Norfolk, England. Outside the studio in her brick farmhouse stretches open fields and woodland where sugar beet, barley, and potato crops grow and animals abound. In summer, she spots dragonflies and butterflies, while in the fall she hears stags roaring. Herds of red deer gallop through the marshy water at the bottom of the field, their hooves creating an intoxicating noise. Hares, pheasants, and wading birds roam the area that’s near the Norfolk Broads, a network of navigable rivers and lakes.