We are an Artist Collective, the cross-fertilization of ideas and approaches in the heart of the Great Smokey Mountains. We are local artists who work together to promote creativity through every available medium.
Our objective is to facilitate artistic collaboration between artists while providing a platform for collectors, young or experienced, access to original affordable art.
We’ve been conspiring collectively since 1999 with the sole purpose of making cool images and telling strange stories. IZEM Studios provides a space for us to harvest ideas and foster our collective and independent creativity. The artists work in a variety of mediums including writing, drawing, design, large-scale oil paintings, and more recently, printmaking and screenprinting. Incorporating themes of language, nature, and curiosities, our works are meant to provoke a wide spectrum of untapped emotions, from playfulness to self-reflection, enabling both personal and shared experiences.
Amidst trials of tribulation, it is common to find ourselves looking inward in order to escape the propelling thresholds of our perceived reality. As ruddy and ready rovers we press on and delve deeper into an exploration of internal strife- a slight grimace here, a missed step there, a deviation in the routine, we strive ever forward to find the source of it. It is in the quiet of our darkest moments that we search for the comfort and reassurance of our truest friends, and it is in the gentle tickle of a tail or the subtleties of a suggestive flick of the eyes towards the treat jar that we often find ourselves most welcome.
The X-Ray Collection is a collaborative project between Emily Bintz & Isabelle Klauder that explores the complex internal workings of our furred partners in crime. We investigate by photographically exposing and inverting radiograms that were originally created by exposing photographic film to electromagnetic radiation. This process utilizes darkroom methods of exposing and developing light-sensitive photographic paper, the outcome of which is a fascinating display of the intricacies of our beloved comrades. The structure of the skeleton glows in an articulated display shadowed by the transparency of muscles, organs and veins. The defects are sometimes obvious, but often subtle; a badly broken bone or a sprained, wounded paw. Either at our leisure or when circumstance strikes, it is paramount that we consider the internal mechanisms that drive our closest confidants and to try to fix them when they are broken; in return, we receive the immeasurably profound endowment of their infinite and unconditional love.