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Charmaine Ortiz
updated: 01/12/2014
website: www.CharmaineOrtiz.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Graphite Grade: Raw Material Mix
Wedge Table: Raw Material Mix
Pencil Coil (Part of Bound Group Installation)
Bound For Stability (Part of Bound Group Installation)
Stabilizing Cord (Part of Bound Group Installation)
Installation (right to left): Bound Group, Plumb Line, and In the Navy
In The Navy
Installation (right to left): Ritual Space (Erased Graphite from Studio Floor), Handmade Pencil Objects (in window), In the Navy, Factory Filled, Carpenter's Tool, and Working End
Carpenter's Tool
Carpenter's Tool (Detail of Handmade Pencils)
Factory Filled: Core-Lock Failures (Detail)
The Working End
The Working End (Detail)
Shepherd's Cloak and Wadd
Shepherd's Cloak and Wadd (Drawing Performance)
 
Portfolio Keywords:  historical, conceptual, information, process
 
 
Graphite Grade: Raw Material Mix by Charmaine Ortiz
Graphite Grade: Raw Material Mix
Mixed Media and Glass Jars
2012
Dimensions variable
Wedge Table: Raw Material Mix  by Charmaine Ortiz
Wedge Table: Raw Material Mix
Handmade Pencil on Paper
2012
22 " x  30 " 
Pencil Coil (Part of Bound Group Installation) by Charmaine Ortiz
Pencil Coil (Part of Bound Group Installation)
Handmade Pencil and Paper
2012
Dimensions variable
Bound For Stability (Part of Bound Group Installation) by Charmaine Ortiz
Bound For Stability (Part of Bound Group Installation)
Handmade Graphite Pencil and Cotton Cord
2012
Dimensions variable
Stabilizing Cord (Part of Bound Group Installation) by Charmaine Ortiz
Stabilizing Cord (Part of Bound Group Installation)
Handmade Graphite Pencil, Cotton Cord, and Red Cedar Wood
2012
Dimensions variable
Installation (right to left): Bound Group, Plumb Line, and In the Navy by Charmaine Ortiz
Installation (right to left): Bound Group, Plumb Line, and In the Navy
Handmade Graphite Pencils, Red Cedar Wood, Paper, and Cotton Cord
2012
Dimensions variable
In The Navy by Charmaine Ortiz
In The Navy
Handmade Graphite Pencil, and Paper (Handmade B grade rounded Pencil)
2012
Dimensions variable
Installation (right to left): Ritual Space (Erased Graphite from Studio Floor), Handmade Pencil Objects (in window), In the Navy, Factory Filled, Carpenter's Tool, and Working End  by Charmaine Ortiz
Installation (right to left): Ritual Space (Erased Graphite from Studio Floor), Handmade Pencil Objects (in window), In the Navy, Factory Filled, Carpenter's Tool, and Working End
Handmade Graphite Pencils, Red Cedar Wood, Cotton Cord and Paper
2012
Dimensions variable
Carpenter's Tool by Charmaine Ortiz
Carpenter's Tool
Handmade Graphite Pencils, and Red Cedar Wood (Handmade H and B Grade Pencils)
2012
Dimensions variable
Carpenter's Tool (Detail of Handmade Pencils) by Charmaine Ortiz
Carpenter's Tool (Detail of Handmade Pencils)
Handmade Graphite Pencils, and Red Cedar Wood (Handmade H and B Grade Pencils)
2012
Dimensions variable
Factory Filled: Core-Lock Failures (Detail) by Charmaine Ortiz
Factory Filled: Core-Lock Failures (Detail)
Handmade Graphite Pencils, and Red Cedar Wood
2012
Dimensions variable
The Working End  by Charmaine Ortiz
The Working End
Handmade Graphite Pencils, Red Cedar Wood, Cotton Cord Dyed with Graphite Powder, and Paper
2012
Dimensions variable
The Working End (Detail) by Charmaine Ortiz
The Working End (Detail)
Handmade Graphite Pencils, Cotton Cord dyed with Graphite Powder
2012
Dimensions variable
Shepherd's Cloak and Wadd by Charmaine Ortiz
Shepherd's Cloak and Wadd
Handmade H and B Graphite Pencils and Performance
2012
0" x  0" 
Shepherd's Cloak and Wadd (Drawing Performance) by Charmaine Ortiz
Shepherd's Cloak and Wadd (Drawing Performance)
Handmade H and B Graphite Pencils and Performance
2012
0" x  0" 

Artist Statement

Graphite is significant to me due to my childhood introduction to the material and to drawing as an encouraged creative process. In a commercial setting my father drew and worked with graphite, until the digitization of his trade rendered his materials obsolete.  Despite the increased digitization of societal forms of visual communication, I believe in the supremacy of hand drawing and of graphite’s material power which has the ability to reclaim lost territory. 

In my practice I deconstruct the act of drawing to reveal the interconnections between the performance of mark making and the resulting object, drawing vs. the drawing.   In my process I examine the history of graphite to remove key information: geographical discovery, factory fabrication processes, and its chemical structure.  This data dictates the specific material choices (red cedar, clay, graphite powder, cotton cord, and paper) and the compositional arrangements I utilize.  In my work I recompose these specific materials into an appropriate format that celebrates graphite’s materiality but also provides an insight into its unique history as a drawing, painting, and sculpting medium.

Artist Bio / CV

Charmaine Ortiz is a visual artist based out of Carolina Beach, North Carolina. She received the Combined Honors Fellowship earning her MFA in Painting and an MA in Art History from Savannah College of Art and Design. She has earned other merit awards including SCAD’s Encore Award as well as fellowships and residency grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, and The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. She has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally and has also presented her art historical research at Universities across North Carolina and Georgia.