Photos and reporting by Robert Kokenyesi, Ceramic Artist, Beachfront Pottery, Godfrey, IL, 62035, USA. If you enjoyed this post, then give me a “like” on my Facebook page. There is additional information about Beachfront Pottery on my web site.
The “Work with Paper” exhibit was on display from May 4 to May 26, 2018. The exhibit was organized by the Greenville Artist Guild, and was set up in the Masonic Building in Greenville, Illinois.
On the inside the Masonic Building has tall ceiling and brick walls on two sides. This wall has 2D artwork immediately to the right after entering.
This is the view to the left after entering. On the pedestal is my ceramic and paper combination art work.
The Call for Entry
The call for entry read: “This juried show invites artists of all mediums to create on or with paper. All mediums, styles and visions are encouraged.”
The Ceramic Art Pieces
There was only one ceramic piece in the exhibit. This is not much of a surprise, because it’s rare to see the materials paper and ceramic combined for an art piece. I made a conscious effort to bring about the combination of ceramics and paper. In a separate blog I will report on my several attempts, and many failures to achieve a meaningful combination.
This is the exhibit picture of the “Deep Sea Scroll VI piece. I have been making ceramic representations of scrolls that hold the detailed secrets about oceans. Just like the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered unexpectedly, and were deciphered to gain understanding of early Christian religious beliefs, it’s my conviction that there are scrolls in the deep oceans, and those scrolls might be discovered any time. We will gain a superb understanding of the ocean life, currents, geology, hydrology from those scrolls.
This is the image I submitted for jurying. This Deep Sea Scroll VI has a core of tissue paper which is surrounded by several ceramic (white earthenware) ropes. The ceramic ropes are wrapped into several layers of toilet paper. Then I wetted the outer layers with thin Burnt Sienna watercolor solution. The wetting caused the toilet paper to slump onto the ceramic ropes, and the watercolor ran along the randomly-formed creases of the paper. At the right side you can see the ceramic ropes protruding from the piece.
This a close up of the right side of the Deep Sea Scroll VI. The ceramic ropes were also stained by the Burnt Sienna watercolor. in the upper left corner of this picture you can also see the red watercolor that I smeared onto the elevated creases of the paper layer.