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This exhibition features artwork relevant to truths and uncertainties faced in this era of global climate change. As artists we pay attention, synthesize and reimagine.  In this way we can see what is possible and save the world. 

65 pieces, clay individuals embody a tiny mime, an emotive narrative spark that is human and recognizable.

pulled water and clay

Clay is malleable, able to follow our impulse, record an action or show the force of gravity.  We create structure, clay changing from liquid to solid and transforming  over time and  by fire.  Studio practice is the  dance,  the give and take between aesthetic intent, action  materials and technique.

The last time I worked in clay I was in a studio that was an industrial workshop;   Bethune Studio University of Buffalo, 1980 - 1983.  You can see these influences in the clay-work from that time, this theme of the contradictory nature of materials is seen throughout this gallery of my sculpture work from that time.  

Chalk pastel, vibrant colors, and soft edges let me turn up the volume on the landscape. The camera lets me troll around and really look at the marks close up. 

Given the materials and the methods, they imagined a community. Over the  days The town became laced together by paths crossing  the river, up ladders and over bridges  The strong social aspect is something that surprised me. 

 

Not everyone learns how to sew. Many adults can't do it. They would be able to sew  if someone had showed them how, but nobody ever did. Andrea taught sewing in her workshop.  She caught children's interest with an invitation to make their own sweet mouse and she set them in motion to sew.

It is very useful in workshops to take a week to consider a single idea.The animals and insects build by instinct, with finesse, coordination and great engineering. Do we also have instincts for building, templates for what is required? In the studio, we are imitating the animals.

Workshops start with having a picture of who will be attending and then a  general idea, an inkling.  It is something compelling or useful to that group of kids, a set of visual skills and experiences to take forward.

This was a good day for bugs and people in the studio.  This includes both spiders and insects, which are not the same thing.  Besides all of us people,big and small, there was a walking stick with 5 legs, who stuck around, a cockroach laying eggs and hissing, tarantulas pouncing on crickets, assassin bugs and a centipede. 

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