Paxton is inspired by math, science, philosophy and the pursuit of an understanding of reality. He works with no bounds utilizing disparate parts to create the greater whole. Paxton creates installations that pose questions of perception to the viewer. He became aware of his culturally indoctrinated conception of reality through experience in pottery making.
Yard sales, thrift shops, free boxes, dusty photo albums, and musty clothes inspire Mankins. Working with photography and textile printing, her work is about the idea of family and layered histories. It is about loss and life and the threads that hold us all together.