AUSTIN, TX — Coronado Print Room invites you to join us for the opening of our new South Austin location with an inaugural exhibition during this year’s Austin Studio Tour. Curated by Austin-born and based artist, Paloma Mayorga, Tales from the Garden features four women printmakers exploring narrative, myth, and nature through playful approaches to storytelling and whimsical imagery.
Exhibiting Artists: Annalise Gratovich, Kill Joy, Junli Song, and Qiaoyi Shi
Exhibition Dates: November 4, 2023 - January 6, 2024
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 9, 7-9 PM
Austin Studio Tour Hours: November 4-5 & 11-12 from 12-6 PM
Fall Gallery Hours: Saturdays 12-4 PM or by appointment
New Location: 4201 S Congress Ave, Ste 323, Austin, TX 78745
Our new South Austin location shares space with
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Annalise Gratovich (Austin, TX) — In her prints, Gratovich explores themes of home, history, culture, family stories, and the formation of all of these things. As the daughter and grandaughter of Ukrainian immigrants living in Texas, she utilizes androgynous characters, cultural iconography, and local plant imagery to create a sense of identity and place when physical objects are lost.
Gratovich was awarded the title of Creative Ambassador of Visual Arts in 2019 by the City of Austin and exhibits extensively nationally and internationally, most recently in Buggenhagen, Germany, New York, NY, Dawson City, Youkon, San Antonio, TX and Austin, TX. She was most recently a guest artist and lecturer at Egress Press, Edinboro University, Pennsylvania, and a guest artist and juror at New Leaf Editions in Vancouver, B.C. Her most recent publications were produced by Mixed Grit in Denver, Colorado, at Egress Press in Pennsylvania, Evil Prints in St. Louis, Missouri, and Cannonball Press, Brooklyn, New York. She has work in numerous private and public collections, the most recent acquisition going to the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of PrintAustin.
Image credit: Annalise Gratovich, Drift Apart, Etching on hand dyed paper, collage. 18” x 14”.
Kill Joy (Houston, TX)— Born in West Texas, Kill Joy explores mythology from around the world and studies ancient symbols. Her research is infused in her art practice, which includes printmaking, mural painting, bookmaking, and puppet making.
Inspired by her family’s Filipino background, Kill Joy’s work is grounded in honoring the earth and seeking environmental and social justice. Throughout her work, there is a belief that the deliberation of all human beings corresponds to the freedom of the land, water, and air, where greed and contamination are replaced with love and compassion.
Image credit: Kill Joy, Colima volcano, Woodblock relief print, 30” x 22”.
Junli Song (Iowa City, IA) — Utilizing lithography and pochoir techniques as well as animation and ceramics, Song’s most recent works feature a female reimagining of the mythological headless Chinese deity, Xingtian, a symbol of resistance. It is through this character that Song creates visual narrative that challenges Western perspectives in the construction of space and the self.
Song grew up in Chicago, but lived abroad from 2012-2018 in South Korea, England, Italy, and South Africa. Her studies are similarly widespread: she originally majored in economics and international development at the University of Chicago and the University of Oxford, respectively, before returning to the creative path. She completed her MFA at the University of Arkansas with a concentration in printmaking in 2023, and is the current Grant Wood Fellow in printmaking at the University of Iowa. As an artist and storyteller, she works across a range of media from printmaking and painting to sculpture and animation to explore imagined worlds and personal mythologies
Image credit: Junli Song, Game of Catch, Pochoir (stencil), 22''x 30'', 2021.
Qiaoyi Shi (New York, NY) — Chinese American artist, Shi draws from pop culture iconography to create worlds within her prints that reveal something playful and hidden from her experiences traveling and living between cultures. Her abstracted representations of fruit and anthropomorphized characters are based on edible delights.
Shi received a BFA from Parsons School for Design, New York, NY, and an MFA from Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Blanc Gallery, Chicago, IL; The National Museum of American Illustration, Newport, RI; and Vox Populi, Philadelphia. Shi teaches at Parsons School of Design, New York, NY and Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. She is co-owner of YUI Gallery, New York, NY.
Image credit: Qiaoyi Shi, 1255#2, Etching, 5.5” x 8”, 2023.
ABOUT THE CURATOR
Paloma Mayorga (b. 1989, Austin, TX) is a Mexican American independent curator and interdisciplinary artist often using her own body as medium to explore movement and place in relation to landscape and ancestral uses of plants.
Mayorga’s curatorial and administrative work has led her to work with organizations like Serie Project, Mexic-Arte Museum, PrintAustin, Big Medium, and currently she acts as Curator and Exhibitions Coordinator for Coronado Print Room.
She earned a BA in Painting from the Sarofim School of Fine Arts at Southwestern University, and has gone on to exhibit her work across Texas and nationally. Mayorga has received the Emerging Artist Award from the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, Best Visual Artist by the Austin Chronicle Reader’s Poll, and Southwestern University’s 18 Under 40 Award.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR
This project is supported in part by the City of Austin Economic Development Department.