- By Tess
Tess Felix will be showing her work as part of the group show, Message in a Bottle – 4. An annual event produced by the San Francisco Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, this year’s focus is on debunking the recycle myth. Surfrider Foundation uses art to raise public awareness about marine plastic pollution and inspire change. Surfrider is an international platform with active chapters the world over. This years event is held at the beautiful Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco and has been curated by Lance M. Fung. The event runs November 1-3.
- By Tess
Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival: Dramatic portraits made from ocean garbage highlight plastics crisis
Publication: Marin IJ
Publication Date: 2019
- By Tess
I’m preparing to leave my home today and travel south to Chile where I’ll join Captain Charles Moore‘s team onboard the Oceanic Research Vessel, Alquita in Coquimbo. Captain Morre discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch or the Pacific Gyre. To research and collect data on the Southern Pacific Ocean Gyre he’s organized a seven-month journey.
For my time with them, I’ll be an active crew member on board the catamaran, Alquita. Aside from crew duties, I’ll be trained to collect plastics from the ocean and the coves of the Chilean coastline for science. Along with collecting debris and cataloging my findings, I’ll share in dissecting area specimen and examining the insides of fish bellies. All of this information or data will be logged for future study.
This experience is something I’ve been wanting to do for some time; seeing the plastic out at sea rather than the shore where I gather my resources for my pallet and artwork. It will inform my work on a deeper level, at once more personal and universal. As a ‘citizen scientist’, I will be completing the circle in my process. To keep track of my journey, follow me on Instagram: tessfelixartist. I’ll post when I have internet service so it might come in small bunches or be a little erratic.
- By Tess
I spend many long hours pouring over the fine details of a photograph to capture the nuance of a person and translate it into a likeness for a portrait.
My relationship to the subject is very one sided. I’m communing with an image, deeply thinking about that individual I’m portraying, connecting with that person, meditating on this person, familiarizing myself deeply with their essence. For months. But it’s only on my side. The sitter sat for a photo that was snapped months ago or more. A millisecond of time. That was the extent of our exchange. I’m out of mind after that, while here I’m laboring tirelessly over a shadow on the tip of a nose until I get it just right; hours and hours of looking.
This app, My Talking Pet, has given me a little joy in having a response from my creations. Like Geaseppo and Pinocchio, it makes them respond to me. I feel validated. Like, “Hey, I see you too.” To make your own, the app is available for both iPhone and Android and it’s free.
Jack Johnson detail, by Tess Felix, before it was completed.