Open Call Selections for SEEKING!

Last month, Raise Karma announced and opened our Open Call initative, an ongoing digital micro-residency that showcases innovative and emerging creative talent culled through crowd sourced applications. Each month, Raise Karma will highlight several  selected applicants whose work effectively speaks to each monthly theme. In January, we are highlighting artists from our previous month’s editorial theme: Seeking.

Seeking is a word that often slips through our lips without a complete understanding of its deeper meaning. Intuitively, humanity imagines seeking as a simple end-to-end quest. Society encapsulates profound objectives like purpose or passion into succinct, shiny consumer goods. We have 'made it' when there's a luxury car in the garage. We are 'in love' when we buy that princess cut engagement ring. However, anyone who’s secured the literal object of their desire might be inclined to divulge it’s never the simple thing itself that satiates the seeking. Oftentimes, what we’re seeking is something far more complex and slippery. 

This month’s open call selections each speak to the great mystery of seeking, an act which is constant, endless, and yet, fulfilling in its own right. Check out this sneak peek into their minds, talents, and careers and stay tuned for more in-depth interviews as January unfolds!

 

Pia Nicotra, Artist Residency, Raise Karma, Art Collective

Born in 1986 in Argentina, Pia Nicotra currently lives and works in Tuscany, Italy. After earning her degree in Fashion from  Universidad Empresarial Siglo21 in Argentina, Nicotra spent twelve years of working in the industry in Argentina and in Italy. In 2018, she pivoted towards visual arts and started her studies at Accademia d'Arte Ad'A in Florence. Her artistic practice is both the instrument and the result of a path of connection with inner consciousness, coming from the concern about the irrepressible experience of human life and its elusive nature. Her paintings include concepts taken from Kabbalah, Metaphysics, and cosmological theories. These are linked to sensations and visions inspired by her meditation practice. The slow working process of oil painting becomes itself an inner practice in which she develops and sometimes modifies the initial idea of each composition, as that idea slowly changes in her mind while she paints.

Pia Nicotra, Artist Residency, Raise Karma, Art Collective

 

 

 

Artist Residency, Raise Karma, Art CollectiveA native of Greece, Marilena Karagkiozi has resided in Italy since 2013. The artist studied history, archaeology, and art history at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens. Beyond this rich education, her creative work has also been improved by technical and design knowledge accumulated through seminars on design and classic and contemporary jewelry.  Her work has been exhibited in a large number of juried competitions, exhibitions, and fairs. She has been awarded the Bronze A’ Design Award as a member of the Urban Fiction design team as well as a Special Mention from the Italian Association of Contemporary Jewelry (AGC) at the competition Jewels in Ferment 2016. In 2018, she received a full scholarship from the Krama Institute of Contemporary Jewelry and participated in their advanced program.
Marilena Karagkiozi, Artist Residency, Raise Karma, Art Collective

 

 

 

Loralee Grace, Artist Residency, Raise Karma, Art Collective
Loralee Grace is an oil painter who finds inspiration in exploration. The artist grew up in West Michigan, but repeatedly sold her possessions to book one-way flights, traveling 27 countries throughout Oceania, Asia, Africa, North America, and Europe. As a result of this nomadic lifestyle, her artwork celebrates the cultural diversity populating our planet in this era of westernization and globalization.  Her style could be described as surrealist, combining landscapes and geometry. Her paintings find their motives in vibrant and ancient cultures, air quality, climate change, and socioeconomic injustices. Grace has been creating art for over fifteen years ,and she loves connecting with viewers by speaking at universities and painting public murals. When people see her paintings, she hopes they experience her sense of awe, wonder, curiosity, and appreciation for the environments and cultures of the vastly diverse world. 
Loralee Grace, Artist Residency, Raise Karma, Art Collective

 

 

 

Estelle Magnin, Artist Residency, Raise Karma, Art Collective

Estelle Magnin is a photographer and visual artist who holds a degree in Visual Arts from the University of Strasbourg and a Master in curating contemporary exhibitions from the Sorbonne in Paris. In 2019, she participated in an artist residency at the Shangyuan Art Museum in Beijing. Her style evokes illusory aspects of the natural world. The duality between fiction and reality finds its point of resonance in her paintings on photographs, which unites two mediums that she also works with independently. Magnin uses her camera as a documentary process, tracking color above all and focusing on themes such as street, landscape, and experimentation. Her paintings are more enigmatic and testify to more intimate research. She finds endless possibilities between these mediums: her printed photograph can become a new canvas that she photographs and shapes again.

Estelle Magnin, Artist Residency, Raise Karma, Art Collective

 

 

 

Halle Castille, Artist Residency, Raise Karma, Artist Collective

Halle Castille is an emerging pop artist from rural Georgia. Her interdisciplinary work includes sculpture, 3D printing, painting, and printmaking. She founded her studio Halley's Comet Designs in 2017. Since then, her work has been featured in Under the Bridge Magazine and Gumbo Pop Zine. Castille recently established the Atlanta Art Alliance, which promotes and connects working artists throughout the area. As a recent graduate from the University of North Georgia, she is excited about her future. 

Halle Castille, Artist Residency, Raise Karma, Artist Collective

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