For the past 8 months, I have been surrounded by three other resident artist who are definitely not loyal to any one media. They navigate between metals, wood, glass, clay, fibers and print. Lisa Johnson, who received her MFA in metals, also incorporates slipcast porcelain and gemstones into her sculptures and jewelry. She learned how to slump glass and cast paper while at Arrowmont. Her stunning Handle with Care series highlights these new developments.
Phil Haralam creates abstract sculptures that act as psychological portraits, as layered and complex as the human psyche. The sculptures cannot be assessed at a distance. A closer look will reveal messages which are protected and hidden from view. Phil selects materials such as rock salt, colored sand, lava rock, as well as recognizable domestic objects, such as baker's racks, and tufted stools to rest his pieces upon.
When I was invited by The Clay Studio to participate in Small Favors VII, a special exhibition and sale of miniature objects, I knew I had a chance to venture into unfamiliar territory. Artist are told they can reference current work in a smaller format, or explore an entirely new idea. Mixed media works or media other than ceramic are acceptable. I had been working on some tumblers and plates illustrating pranksters and troublemakers and decided that the Small Favors show would be the perfect opportunity to translate my illustrations into three dimensions.
|Chandra DeBuse, Troublemaker
I also have to say that I have been thinking about the work of Pattie Chalmers, who was at Arrowmont last month. She seamlessly travels across media: sculptures, vessels, digital, as her concepts dictate. Amazing artist!