My work titled “Destroy/Create/Repeat” was was juried into the Best of 2020 show put on by the Ohio Designer Craftsmen in Columbus OH. The dates are a little squishy right now but I will update when we all know more. You can view all the pieces in the show on their website, http://ohiocraft.org
The title refers to the circular nature of not just life but everything. Every single thing that we humans make required the destruction and recreation of something if not many things. When you consider that every molecule in our bodies came from our food be it flora or fauna and that we will return all that we are to this closed system someday. Every single thing that a plant needs to sustain itself requires the destruction of molecules in the soil and the destruction of our sun in the form of photons that excite the photosynthesis process in every green leaf and stem.
I created this piece with recycled/upcycled bottles that I smash and reassemble in clay molds that I create and fire in my kiln. I then arrange the fired glass and add embellishments as needed. As with most of my work I discover the meaning? point? reason d’etre? after the fact. I follow my muse with questions on a gut level and she informs my understanding of myself and my place in the universe. This understanding percolates slowly into my consciousness sometimes many weeks, months after the fact. I sometimes feel that a piece isn’t done until I get the message. Your message will probably be different and that’s the power of art to communicate.
The piece looks a little like a geyser that hit a glass ceiling ;-D It is coming and going on the top side and the interior. I love the way glass melts and catching it in the act gives a most satisfying feeling of movement, something I’ve long been trying to imbue into my work.
It’s time again for the Women of Appalachia Project, a special show that is run by and for women in the Appalachian region. It brings together visual artists and poets in a traveling art show and poetry readings. Here are pictures of my entries.
Flower/Vase slumped glass
Untitled glass and clay
BROKEN WATER clay,glass,stone,shell
Go to womenofappalachia.com for a full listing of events.
What to do when the snow flies? Fire a kiln! I’ve been playing with glass again and I found a new rabbit hole to explore. I’ve entered a few of these pieces into juried shows. I’ll let you know if I get in anywhere. Some of them are so new I’m not sure if they’re done so they still reside on my work table.
Three more sculptures will be in the Ohio University Multicultural Center Gallery in Baker Center as part of the Women of Appalachia Project. I’ll be helping to hang the show with several other artists, this is one of the perks, getting to know other artists in a relaxed space where we all work together to put on a show. And quite a show it is, funny, thoughtful, personal, evocative, and poetic! The opening reception is on Feb 3 from 5-8pm. click on the link below for more info
My work will be on view at the Parkersburg Art Center as part of “The River” a biennial juried exhibition. The exhibit runs from June 26 through August 6, 2016. An Opening Reception is on June 26 from 1-3 pm come join the fun!
Here are my three Fish sculptures that are in the show.
Silica Based Life Form Fish #3220
Silica Based Life Form Fish #3439
Silica Based Life Form Fish #9277
All of these pieces are from my Silica Based Life Form Series that began in 2013 and continues to evolve.
Here is a link to the Parkersburg Art Center for more information.
This years Women of Appalachia Show has again gathered some very fine artwork made by women who live and work in the many counties of Appalachia. I’m proud to be apart of this traveling exhibit and I hope you can get to see the show and go to one of the poetry and short story performances.
These are the sculptures that I have in the show. There is a link to the website with more information at the end of this post.
OFF COURSE glass, clay, stone,shell
Below are three of my Fish from the Silica Based Life Form series
You can see this amazing show now at the Parkersburg Art Center, in the Multicultural Gallery in Baker Center, Athens Ohio from Jan 12 through April 30 2016 and at the Pump House Center for the Arts in Chillicothe from May 5 to ?
There is also a written word aspect to this show and three more readings will be held in December, March and May. These are real women telling their own stories and sharing their poetry.
My Silica Based Life Form Fish have really been getting around. This one just came home from the Zanesville Museum of Art’s 70th Ohio Exhibition.
The Fish below just landed at the Dairy Barn in Athens Ohio and will travel to Athens West Virginia and Athens Georgia over the next year as part of the Athens Voices Show Upcoming Exhibitions | Dairy Barn
Silica Based Life Form Fish
Five more of my slumped glass sculptures will be moving from Parkersburg West Virginia to Athens Ohio as part of the Women of Appalachia Show
It seemed like I had forever when I made the commitment to put a display of my new glass work in the window of Starbrick Gallery. I kept making more thinking I’d never fill up that huge space, but as I grew the collection of silica based life forms the window space miraculously got smaller and it all came to a very nice intersection if I do say so myself.
I’ve never mounted a show before so I was pretty wigged out for a few weeks in advance, Jay got a lot of work done in his shop. I knew it would take a few trips to transport the sculptures because they are not packing friendly so I started on a Wednesday morning. Naturally, when I arrived the old window display was still in place. It didn’t take me to long to empty it out as the coffee and adrenaline were kicking in. After picking out the pedestals and wrestling them into the space I decided they needed a coat of paint. Two trips later my painting, arranging, signage and lighting were done. The work is on display!
Fish Silica Based Life Forms
Fish Silica Based Life Form
Tree Silica Based Life Forms
Fish Silica Based Life Forms
Flower & Tree Silica Based Life Forms
The show was supposed to be up for a month but the Starbrick Gallery needs two weeks to paint the rest of their pedestals and place tea cups upon them.
I will find another venue and post an update. I am also posting all the pieces in the store one at a time. Free delivery in a 100 mi radius of Rutland, OH. If you are farther afield we can negotiate.