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Exhibit : Cultivated on Dry Land
August 23, 2019 - September 21, 2019Free
Artist Reception: Saturday, August 24th, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, August 25th, 2pm
Cultivated on Dry Land explores the visual relationships between land based flora and marine life. My artistic observation of such forms leads to a process of combining physical attributes of a number if species into a given sculpture, resulting in abstracted representations. I look to the manner in which certain plants and sea creatures grow and generate their structures and take note of how several visually overlap despite having no apparent common ancestry. This fascination deepened after living on Kauai, an island which offers a botanical abundance while surrounded by semi-tropical ocean life. Within this unique setting it is easy to notice qualities in common among seemingly disparate life forms. The simple beauty we observe in familiar environments repeats and expands when exploring new and unfamiliar places. I wish to share my realization of how distant species interrelate in the complex orchestration that is nature.
When forming my work fluidity is created by building and stacking textural bits, similar to how plant life grows in repeating layers. Thin slabs of clay stack or curl to form an interesting outer surface, while blending on the inside to form a vessel level by level with no armature or framework to rely on. To convey new growth such as a sprouting tendril/tentacle, I implement terra sigillata to create a burnished, satiny porcelain skin. For rougher, rockier surfaces heavily grogged stoneware is used with multiple layers of thin glaze washes which seep into the crevices and lowlight dark corners. I look to these visual and tactile contrasts to invigorate the work and convey movement, energy, growth and transformation. Clay provides the ideal medium with its range of expression, from earthy solidity to sensuous liquidity.