Artists Spotlight #3 — The Imaginary Million 2017

Written by WonderRoot Intern Grace Coltrin


Ashley Anderson has been an active participant in the local art scene for years now. His illustrations have made appearances in spaces all across the city, including murals in cabbagetown and local pizza shops, album covers, and even the high museum. Ashley’s art tends to explore ideas of combining everyday objects to create a whole new, cartoonish creation. Anderson spends his days working at Fellini’s, constantly coming up with new ideas and sketching them out on every little thing, including those good ole Fellini’s cups.


Chris Chambers has been creating art in Atlanta for over 10 years. Chambers tends to cross over multiple mediums, all while slightly revolving around his one major style/theme. Chamber’s art, whether it be a collage of old VHS reels displayed on old TVs or an illustration of an edited combination of renditions of children’s portraits. Chris’ work seems to serve as a reflection on the past while also expressing a clear individual style from the artist himself.


Maddy Barreto is an active member of the local Atlanta art community. Focusing mainly on ceramics and illustrations, Barreto also tattoos her work on the side. Most of Maddy’s illustrative work is of female characters, animals, and universal symbols. Barreto has described her work as a true form of expression for her. She has displayed and worked on her work on all types of platforms. Not only is she an active working artist, but she also co-manages the WonderRoot ceramics studio!


Alessandra Hoshor is a very dynamic artist who seems to handle multiple mediums effortlessly. Alessandra’s art is often shifting between the world of visual art and music, and sometimes even merging the two. Not only does Hoshor create music videos for other musicians, her band Pamela and Her Sons plays shows all around Atlanta. Alessandra recent work features hand painted text on silk flags. These flags display quick-to-the-point but emotive sayings like “Everything Must Go” and “Hot Coals In A Fire.”


Jessica Caldas is both a performance and 2-dimensional artist that uses both mediums to deliver powerful messages about social issues. Through her public performance project, #3everyday, Caldas is devoted to erasing stigma and creating necessary dialogue around domestic violence and sexual assault. In her visual art, Caldas uses color as a beautiful way to intensify the severity of the topics and to evoke emotional and personal reactions. She also recognizes the community itself as a tool in which to express her messages. Caldas was named Creative Loafing’s Best of ATL Artist for 2016 and 2015, received the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs Emerging Artist Award in Visual Arts for 2014, and was a WonderRoot 2013-2014 Walthall Fellow.                                                     

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