Subverting Structure 1 is on view at CAM Raleigh from July 1 - September 4, 2016.
Scaffolding and Three Dimensional Mapmaking 3 of 5 will be featured in the Nebraska National Undergraduate Juried Art Exhibition from September 5th - 25th, 2014. The exhibit is located in the Eisentrager Howard Gallery in Lincoln, Nebraska and was juried by Bobby Silverman, Director of Ceramics, 92nd Street Y, New York.
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.
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.
Plemmons Student Union Permanent Collections, Boone, North Carolina
I am pleased to announce that Illusory Permanence: Cracks received 2nd Place in Art Expo 2014, juried by Cora Fisher, and the Plemmons Student Union Purchase Award. Cracks will join the Plemmons Student Union Permanent Art Collections in Boone, NC.
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
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.
SPECIAL THANKS to the Appalachian State University Office of Student Research, the Appalachian State University Research Institute for the Environment, Energy and Economics, and the Randolph A. Johnson Endowment for Art for helping fund this project.
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.
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