I am very honored to be invited to participate in this show with so many clay artists that I have long admired. Thanks to Mudfire Gallery for including me!!! You can read more about Mudfire Gallery here:
MudFire welcomes an outstanding group of sculptors and potters for a domecile-themed exhibit. The show features 16 artists invited from across the country to express their concepts of house, home, shelter, nesting or dwelling places and represents a broad interpretation of the theme, not limited to human concerns but also the hidey-holes and getaways of all manner of creatures. We look forward to sharing a cup of tea with you at the opening reception on March 2 from 5-9pm.
Work will post in preview mode by February 27, and will be available for purchase starting 12:00 pm on Friday, March 2, 2012.
What happens when one gets past the glib proverbs? The cross-stitched welcome mats? Where is home really? Does it have a theshold? A doorway? Is it really as simple as keeping track of where the heart is? With housing starts, busts, bubbles and gains all over our collective psyche, how do you quantify the meaning of home? That is what the 16 artists in MudFire's House and Home exhibit set out to do.
Ranging from the playfully reinterpretive to ghostly and meditative, the notion of home engendered throught-provoking responses from the participating artists.
Mary Fischer's contrarian themes of 3-D in 2-D are explored in the faded facades of whitewashed barns and blurry-focus windows of far-away highrises. In contrast, Heidi Fahrenbacher's playful houses in primary colors reflect the stoic "stay calm and carry on" mentality of Scandinavia. Barry Gregg's dog houses, complete with dog and memorabilia make us yearn for freshly mowed back-yards and lemonade stands, while Michael Pfleghaar's mid-century modern constructions create an immediate need for an Eams chair and a dry martini.
But home is not just a fixed structure on land. It is also a carry-on shell, a carefully woven tapestry of twigs and leaves, a hole in a tree accessed only by air... Exploring the times and the rituals, the artists that carry this exhibit tread carefully among the hopes and ruins of the daily retreat, ranging the full spectrum of the world's domestication.