ANDREA BUDU-INSPIRE + MARK TREZISE
DOLLS & GUYS
JUNE 6 - AUGUST 18
Dolls & Guys is an exhibit of two contemporary artists, Andrea Budu-Inspire and Mark Trezise, who work with Milk River Arts, a working studio in Richmond, VA designed to support a neurodiverse community of artists. Inside the studio is a magnificent world of images and ideas from artists who have different ways of experiencing daily life. Andrea and Mark both have a flair for fashion and a distinctive style; each is dedicated to creating what they feel is most important. They invite us into spaces open for reflection and wonder.
Andrea Budu-Inspire has lived all over the world and speaks four languages: Romanian, Hebrew, English, et un peu de Français. Her dolls and her friends come from the many places she has traveled.
"I want people to know that I love them, that I miss them, that they are very good. I like to draw people from my memory so I don't forget them, like Josef, he's a nice guy. And Angel, she has pigtails. And Jo, she's a secretary. Leonora has brown eyes and brown hair. Mariam was in Philadelphia, but she's not anymore. I include myself in my drawings because I'm in the picture, too. I see myself there."
Mark Trezise studied graphic illustration and prepress imaging at Montgomery College, and his keen sense of design translates directly to his work. He waits until a full idea comes to fruition and releases it onto paper with thick, calculated lines. Each mark is permanent, on the first go. Never erases.
"I create images on paper and place them under a large sheet of glass, then cut and arrange smaller pieces of colored glass to create two-foot guys. When working with glass, sometimes it's easy and sometimes it's hard, but I always manage. They turn out exactly the way I want them to. I know when they are finished."