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The “Remnants” exhibit took place from January 16 through February 17, 2021 in the gallery of Art St Louis in St Louis, Missouri.
The Call for Entry
The call for entry read: “This juried exhibition features original artworks that are made from/comprised of remnants of other materials; or works that are thematically about leftovers, remnants, what is left behind.. All explorations & interpretations of this theme are invited. All media, styles and techniques were encouraged. This show was open to St. Louis regional artists 21+ residing in 200-mile radius of St. Louis, MO.”
The Ceramic Art Pieces
This new exhibit featured 53 artworks by 37 St. Louis regional artists. The ceramic pieces came from two artists.
Her online statement reads: “I work from a surplus of found and created objects that I believe operate together to form balanced compositions. Each object is manipulated to suit the needs of a piece; the removal or transformation of the original objects create the feeling of familiarity to the viewer. However, the obvious manipulation of the objects brings my work into the realm of Heimlich and unheimlich; making the elements of a piece at the same time familiar and difficult to place. The transformative qualities, textures, and the small scale of the work ask the viewer to confront the work in close proximity, creating an intimacy with the finer details. Through this body of work, I aim to create stark contrasts that cause the viewer to have instinctual reactions to each aspect of the piece. Gut reactions of each element should happen so quickly as to combine into an overall air of energy surrounding the work.” For more of her works visit her website.
This piece of mine had the following statement: “Oceanation is the process when the ocean surrounds a man-made object and converts it into ocean. Ocean vs coils spring of a car. Mother Nature vs man-made. Eternal vs mortal.” At the top of this post you find links to my online sites.
The following pieces in this series will be titled “Oceanation” to express more than just encrustment.