Call and Response
opens at the Angie Newman Johnson Gallery at Episcopal High School
May 12th 6.30pm - 7.30pm, featuring a performance by the National Chamber Players.
1200 North Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA 22302
Our three woman show featuring my work, that of Jessica Beels and Elsabe Johnson Dixon was instigated by gallery director, Elizabeth Vorlicek.
Elizabeth, herself an accomplished ceramicist, wanted us to create a dialogue in 3D. A conversation of elements, if you like. So whilst we all are exhibiting our individual installations, we are also creating a collaborative piece that will develop throughout the show's run.
Each of us has supplied elements, and they are coming together, morphing with each other and creating a 3D drawing that covers a whole wall.
Although the conversation was intended to take place between the three of us in person, due to my absence, Elizabeth is my proxy, placing pieces for me as instructed by email or over FaceTime. This has brought a fourth voice to the conversation, which is developing a great sense of play.
Please do visit the show, which runs to the end of June. Experience Elsabe's wonderful cocoon structure, Jessica's delicate flax forms and of course meet The Ancients, La Pachamama Santa Maria and Old Broc.
La Pachamama Santa Maria is the goddess of all - animal, mineral, vegetable. Share with her your joys and she will capture your woes in her whispering pots.
Made of textile, ceramic, bone, resin & polystyrene, she is 125% human size. Created entirely by me over the course of a year, I've hand- spun, dyed, crocheted, woven & felted the fibres right from fleece. I've cut every piece of leather, shredded every explorer sock, cast the tusks & eyes, sculpted the horns and even thrown all the whispering pots.
The entire installation is designed to be worn. You can see me modelling the head above.
Pennsylvanian Solo Show
Pennsylvanian Solo Show
January saw Old Broc, the 2nd in my God/dess series, The Ancients, join La Pachamama Santa Maria for my solo show in the Foster Gallery, New Wilmington, PA.
An Ancient storyteller and keeper, Old Broc, roams the land, shape shifting between the worlds of light and dark. Stories told stick to his pelt like pernickety burrs, travelling with him til eager ears lean closer and steal them back.
Traditions pass through realms under his guardianship.
Hand-thrown and built ceramic vessels and artifacts accompany Old Broc; storytelling bowls, capturing the Ancient's tales; leather lashed water carriers for divination;
scented oil vials, antler drinking cups and animal 'familiar' spell holders.
Story elements, puppets and plant roots are captured in his pelt, moustache and beard.
His thought lures tales in danger of being lost, just as an angler fish lures its prey.
The show ran until 27th March 2015 before shipping to the greater DC area.