The Rochester Hills-based artist states that for this show, which runs Aug. 2-26, her “inspiration is based upon the environment, endangered species, and recently, architecture. “Using an ancient art form for contemporary images is an appealing aspect,” Ford says. “I feel a deep connection to the places where I grew up, and convey those thoughts and feelings in my current work. Returning to places in Detroit from an earlier time, buildings that are no longer used or have been destroyed are rediscovered. Additionally, continued studies of nature offers further exploration in flora and fauna. I have chosen these pieces in particular because I believe they represent my personal love for both man made beauty as well as natural beauty.”
Ford has taught batik classes at Studio 1219; it’s a medium she truly enjoys. “My personal feelings about the medium of batik range from wondrous to unsure anticipation, ending with a surprising reveal of the finished product due to its unpredictability,” she explains. “The uncontrollable aspect of the technique is exciting and new every time.” Her exhibits and awards include a solo exhibition and first prize in the Color, Art, Life and Love exhibition at Studio 1219 in 2015 and 2014, respectively. She also earned two honorable mentions in 2013: Art on the Bay in New Baltimore and Peace, Love, Rock ‘N Roll at Studio 1219.