june 2018 exhibition
Working Pots III juried by Liz Pechacek. Mixed media work by Janelle Gramling
Working Pots III Participating Artists:
Christina Bendo, Nara Burgess, Amanda Bury, Clare Burson, Allee Etheridge, Jena Gilbert-Merrill, Seth Green, Laurie Harris, Dane Hodges, Carla Hughes, DeVan Jimenzez, Harrison Levenstein, Nikki Lewis, Chris Lively, Antonio Martinez, John Masello, Scott McClellan, Jacob Meer, Avra Messe, David Morrison, Sarah Nikitopoulos, Paige Otoole, Gretchen Quinn, Shana Salaff, Chanakarn Semachai, Brianna Shimer, Sarah Steininger, Kyla Strid, Lee Stuurmans, Samuel Thompson, Hannah Thompsett, Sara Truman, and artist duo Carly Van Anglen and David Ferro.
My current sculptural work often uses gravity as an important element in the form. Pieces are designed to be placed on a wall, usually by one singular hanging point, activating my intended drape and balance. Taking inspiration from studying Sacred Geometry, I explore the patterns in nature and apply significance to them by using symbolism. Forms that are mathematical and perfect in concept, become flawed,natural, and human when brought to life in real materials. Geometric shapes are
slightly imperfect, and surfaces bear blemishes including my own fingerprints. I choose materials that feel familiar and close to their natural origin. Stoneware clay, found driftwood, and natural fibers colored with plant-based dyes are currently my
favorite materials. These components are combined in very deliberate and simple ways intended to make the viewer ponder it’s construction. Themes of ecology, balance, and interconnectedness speak through the ways in which strands of fiber weave their way though geometric forms in clay and wrap around branches of found driftwood.