Honoria Starbuck is a professor of practice in the School of Design and Creative Technologies in the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas. She’s also an artist known for her vibrant watercolors, and especially for her Zen Chicken series.
Honoria studied art and art history at the University of Texas. She holds an interdisciplinary PhD in Fine Arts, Communications, and Education. She is influenced by art history stretching back to prehistoric cave art.
The Zen Chicken series is specifically influenced by contemporary calligraphic artists and the asemic writing movement. Zen Chickens also stem from the abstraction of Ikebana, the flowing flowers of Emile Nolde, the frottage of Max Ernst, the eye of Man Ray and Dada, the diffusion of ink by George Grosz, as well as current events.
In addition Honoria’s artwork is a form of moving meditation closely related to her 12 year practice of tai chi.
Honoria has decades of diverse experiences as a Mail Artist in the international Correspondence Art Network through which her work has been exhibited in over 400 exhibitions including three times in the Venice Biennale.
Honoria has also worked in Internet art creating the first Internet opera (1995) which was recognized by the Global Bangemann Challenge for innovation excellence.
Honoria’s theme is flow. Flow connects the molecules of pigment into patterns on the paper and intellectual themes flow from one individual artwork into the next. The Zen Chicken theme has a strong current of humor and flexibility as the dilettante rooster roams through a wide range of entanglements from Japanese flower arranging to modern art. Honoria is a professor of practice in the School of Design and Creative Technologies in the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas.
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