Illusory Permanence: Dissolution

Thank you so much to collaborator and garden-artist Christopher Mello, who provided a home for my ceramic vines.  Christopher's Garden is free, open to the public, and located at 307 Waynesville Avenue, Asheville, NC 28806.

Statement

As citizens of planet Earth, we are all inherently creators, whether we create dwellings, artifacts, people, or waste.  We alter the space around us in both identifiable and hidden ways.  We change the makeup of the atmosphere with every breath, every inhale and exhale.  We build roads, structures, and highly engineered spaces for food production.  We find the “new” appealing and herald it as a solution to a problem.  We strive for permanence.  Yet a myriad of natural processes outside our control work continually in opposition.  Entropy has no particular goal but works constantly and unrelentingly to return the ordered to a state of disorder.  

The ceramic vines' fossil-like chemical composition is juxtaposed with the log's fleeting existence.  The chemical stability of the ceramic vines mirrors humanity’s egotistical desire for permanence of our record upon the earth, in utility and celebrity.  Conversely, the intended cracking, shifting, and eventual surrender to natural forces illustrates that impossibility.  I invite both deterioration and overgrowth and consider it integral to the meaning of the work.  This piece will always be unfinished, as time, nature, and human interaction all play an important role in its execution.

College Collective

The Firehouse Gallery at the Genesee Center for the Arts and Education in Rochester, NY presents College Collective 2014.   April 11th - May 24th, 2014 Opening Reception: April 11th from 6 - 9 PM Juried by Mitch Messina from Nazareth College, Will Contino from Alfred University, and Rachel Jerome from RIT

The Firehouse Gallery at the Genesee Center for the Arts and Education in Rochester, NY presents College Collective 2014.  

April 11th - May 24th, 2014

Opening Reception: April 11th from 6 - 9 PM

Juried by Mitch Messina from Nazareth College, Will Contino from Alfred University, and Rachel Jerome from RIT


Art Expo 2014

Illusory Permanence: Cracks.  88" x 51".  2014.

Illusory Permanence: Cracks.  88" x 51".  2014.

2014 Annual Juried Student Exhibition

Smith Gallery, Boone, NC

March 19th - April 11th, 2014

Reception & Awards Ceremony:  April 4, 2014 from 4pm - 6pm

Juror: Cora Fisher, Curator of Contemporary Art, SECCA

Illusory Permanence: the Persistence of Nature

Bachelor of Fine Arts 2013 Looking Glass Gallery, Boone, NC

Bachelor of Fine Arts 2013

Looking Glass Gallery, Boone, NC

Statement

As a maker of things, I am interested in products: both my own and those of society. Our consumerist culture propels us to desire, obtain, and finally discard the new in search of the newer. Humans work incessantly towards a fleeting sense of order; natural disorder prevails. Permanence is elusive. I am interested in themes of degradation and permanence, submission and control, and the natural process of entropy.

Banal photographs of the unrelenting persistence that covers this Earth are juxtaposed with fabricated figments of my imagination.  When fired, clay is chemically similar to fossils and therefore is an appropriate record of my interest in the fossils that humanity will leave behind. The permanence of the ceramic vines mirrors humanity’s egotistical desire for permanence of our record upon the earth, in utility and celebrity.

After the exhibit concluded, one third of the installation, Illusory Permanence: Cracks won second place overall in Art Expo 2014, juried by Cora Fisher.  It was also purchased by the Plemmons Student Union and will join the PSU Permanent Collections.  Another third of the installation, Illusory Permanence: Dissolution, found a permanent home in Christopher Mello's public garden in Asheville, NC.  The remaining plants were returned to the Earth.

Art Expo 2013

Three Dimensional Mapmaking, 2 of 5.  Ceramic.  2012.

Three Dimensional Mapmaking, 2 of 5.  Ceramic.  2012.

2013 Annual Juried Student Exhibition

February 1st - March 16th, 2013.  Reception March 1st from 5 - 7 PM.

Exhibition organized by the Catherine J. Smith Gallery (CJS) and presented by the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (TCVA) located at 423 W. King Street, Boone, NC 28608.

Juror: Nancy Sokolove, Adult Programs Manager & Curatorial Team Member at Asheville Art Museum