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Again & again

Artists find solace in repetitive gestures

Allison Plean

— Christine Marie Noguere found a common thread between her past career in cinematography and filmmaking and her new passion of working with beads.

“Each involves joining many thousands of small pieces – frame to frame, segment to segment, bead to bead – to make one unified vision,” she said.

Her craft works well with the theme of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council’s new show “Repetitive Gestures; Seeking Solace in the Process of Making.”

Noguere’s necklace, named “Andromeda,” is composed of more than 12,000 Japanese seed beads and took about 300 hours to make.

“Beading is a very obsessive, repetitive gesture. I used 48 rubber O-rings with an off-loom bead-weaving technique,” she said. “You repeat making rings in different sizes over and over again and then you have to sew them together over and over again until you make a design.”

The process is a Zen-like activity for Noguere.

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“It’s very meditative,” she said. “The beads seduce you. They’re just gorgeous, and it’s a real organic pull when I just see the bead, like a movie would pop into my head fully blown. When making films, I knew what the end product would be, and that isn’t typical.”

Tonia Bonnell’s print-making techniques also aren’t the norm. Whether etching or engraving her repetitive marks, she uses particle physics theories to inspire her.

“The reason I started using the repetitive marks in the first place was to reflect my interest in the importance and realness of things unseen,” Bonnell said. “Nothing can truly be empty. Molecules that create us as human beings are very important, but we can’t see them.”

From a distance, her work appears atmospheric, but as you get closer, you can see that it’s made up of sharp and tiny lines, she said.

“It’s the little things we don’t see with our eyes that can have a big impact on us.”