AFTCP14 Featured Artist: Ilene Pearlman

pearlman1“My high school art teacher always told me to look, to always be looking, to observe the contrast and color combination of the calm blue sky against the rough ocean waves.”—Ilene Pearlman

This idea inspires Ilene Pearlman to create the breathtaking and refreshing work that she produces today. Pearlman currently resides in Ardmore, and although she primarily works with fabric, considers herself as more of a painter.

During high school, Pearlman made the big decision that haunts every high school senior: which college to attend. Pearlman decided on Tyler School of Art.

After experiencing the stressful college process myself, I could not help but ask how she decided on going to this one specific art school and which other colleges she had applied to.

“Tyler was actually the only school I applied to. I figured that if I didn’t get in, then I wasn’t good enough.”

Pearlman laughs over the phone as she remembers her own thought process as a high school student.

“Thankfully, I was good enough and got in.”

According to Pearlman, attending art school was very different from being an artist in high school. She was no longer the well-known talented artist as she was in high school, but was now part of a large pack of other artists who strived for the same talents, goals and dreams that she did.

pearlman2“You become nobody in a way…it was hard to remain confident because it was so competitive,” Pearlman remembers.

Because she was taking basic art classes such as foundations, it was not until Pearlman decided to study abroad for a year in Rome and was able to travel through Europe and Northern Africa that she began to grow and discover herself as an artist.

During her year abroad, Pearlman was able to experiment freely because the academic aspect was no longer in high demand.

“Being in a different place was freeing. It was sort of like starting over,” Pearlman explains.

Today, Pearlman creates detailed and intricate fabric pieces by utilizing layers, color, and image. She is currently focusing on simplifying her work.

“I want to find the yin and yang in my work, start focusing on the concepts rather than just the surface.”

Readers can view Pearlman’s artwork on June 8 and 9 at InLiquid’s Art for The Cash Poor 14, in which she will be participating for the third time. Prints of Pearlman’s original works will also be available for purchase at the event.

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Phyllis Anderson
Phyllis Anderson

Phyllis Anderson has been painting for nearly three decades, exploring process and outcome, meaning and metaphor. She approaches…

Phyllis Anderson has been painting for nearly three decades, exploring process and outcome, meaning and metaphor. She approaches her work like a lab experiment, a set of steps to see what will happen.…

Phyllis Anderson has been painting for nearly three decades, exploring process and outcome, meaning and metaphor. She approaches her work like a lab experiment, a set of steps to see what will happen. Her painting process…

Heather Ossandon, a ceramist who works in both the functional and decorative arts. Her work explores both the rituals of the everyday and special occasions.
Heather Ossandon
Heather Ossandon

Heather Ossandon, a ceramist who works in both the functional and decorative arts. Her work explores both the rituals of…

Heather Ossandon, a ceramist who works in both the functional and decorative arts. Her work explores both the rituals of the everyday and special occasions.…

Heather Ossandon, a ceramist who works in both the functional and decorative arts. Her work explores both the rituals of the everyday and special occasions.…

Jenna Hannum
Jenna Hannum
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Gerri Spilka
Gerri Spilka

Gerri Spilka’s award winning work has been exhibited in numerous art and textile shows in Europe, Canada, and the US. Trained…

Gerri Spilka’s award winning work has been exhibited in numerous art and textile shows in Europe, Canada, and the US. Trained in this order, as an artist, social scientist, and architect and urban planner,…

Gerri Spilka’s award winning work has been exhibited in numerous art and textile shows in Europe, Canada, and the US. Trained in this order, as an artist, social scientist, and architect and urban planner, not surprisingly,…

Carol Taylor-Kearney creates mixed media paintings and sculptures that are vibrant in color, adventurous in the mediums used, and playful in the open-ended stories or puzzles she presents.  Based on recognizable people, places, and circumstances, she adds a bit of imagination to collected debris to create worlds to touch and to visit.  Often, she takes advantage of combining real-life observations with art history and literature, and the subjectivity of time.  Taylor-Kearney wants observers to feel that they can find something new every time they experience the artwork.
Carol Taylor-Kearney
Carol Taylor-Kearney

Carol Taylor-Kearney creates mixed media paintings and sculptures that are vibrant in color, adventurous in the mediums used,…

Carol Taylor-Kearney creates mixed media paintings and sculptures that are vibrant in color, adventurous in the mediums used, and playful in the open-ended stories or puzzles she presents. Based on recognizable…

Carol Taylor-Kearney creates mixed media paintings and sculptures that are vibrant in color, adventurous in the mediums used, and playful in the open-ended stories or puzzles she presents. Based on recognizable people, places,…

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