Jenni Ward: Hive Series I, 2010, ceramic, 12” x 34” x 3”
“The potential ability of the imagination has an important impact in our lives. Minds have visual images that we collect through our lives.
These inner-images that represent my works are examinations of my existence. However, in this bank of memories I cherish every possible emotion; happiness, growing pains, family loss, first love, motherhood, sexuality, multicultural experiences, frustration, social-political issues and most importantly the celebration of life.
As an artist I like to work with different mediums, especially ceramics and acrylic paintings. Lately I have been experimenting with ceramic installations and mixed media. The freedom of expanding my work in another dimension makes me feel more connected with the viewers.
The process of my work mostly is very spontaneous. The rest comes along with what my subconscious has been saving in my bank of memories, throughout my life and the happening of the moment.” Liliana Folta
Liliana Folta: An Abstract Poem of Freedom, detail 2. The ceramic bullets are signed by soldiers, veterans, and/or their families from different wars throughout history: WWI, WWII, Vietnam War, Islas Malvinas War, etc.
Liliana Folta: Waiting for You in White, 2008, ceramic, oxides, glazes, fresh water pearls, crystal beads, high temp wire, 10x3.5x3.5in.
Melissa Stern: The Talking Cure / Fetherston Gallery, Seattle, USA
March 9 – April 7, 2012
Artist Reception: Thursday, March 29, 5.00 – 8.00 pm
The Fetherston Gallery is proud to present “The Talking Cure” exhibition, by New York artist Melissa Stern, a groundbreaking interactive art exhibition integrating sculpture, contemporary literature, online audio and Smartphone technology.
Smartphone Meets Sculpture
“The Talking Cure” exhibition consists of ten of Stern’s sculptures each accompanied by an interactive audio track created by one of ten literary collaborators. Stern’s sculptures, fabricated figures combining mixed materials and found objects, with deeply drawn surfaces, possess an abundance of personality. Stern has collaborated with ten contemporary writers - poets, novelist, screenwriters, and playwrights - to each choose a sculpture and write his or her monologue of the goings on in the sculpture’s mind. The monologues are transformed into audio recordings, stored “in the cloud,” and triggered via a QR tag imbedded in the sculpture. When the viewer points a Smartphone, Blackberry or I-Phone at the QR tag it will trigger audio to hear the inner voice of the sculpture.
Interactive Multimedia in the Manner of Sigmund Freud
The viewer will also have the opportunity to record his or her own imagined monologue for the sculpture. These recording will be available for playback, creating an added interactive dimension to the work. Viewers will be creators as well as receivers of the back-story for each sculpture; the exhibition takes its title from Sigmund Freud’s original name for the practice of psychoanalysis.
Melissa Stern has worked in both sculpture and drawings for over twenty years, living and exhibiting in California, Europe, and New York City. Her work is featured in a number of prominent corporate and museum collections including Dow Jones, JP Morgan, The Arkansas Art Center and the Kohler Corporation, where she was an artist-in-residence. She has also had residences at the Serenbe Institute outside of Atlanta Ga. and at The Washington School of Glass in Washington DC. Her artwork was has been featured in Trans- Ceramic Art, 500 Figures in Clay, and American Illustration 26 – The Best American Illustrations of 2007.
Kira O’Brien: The Conversation, 2011, white earthenware, black and colored slips, 1150 transparent glaze, 24cm
Kira O’Brien: Onlooker, 2011, white earthenware, black and colored slips, 1150 transparent glaze, 35cm
Kira O’Brien: chair, 2011, white earthenware, black and colored slips, 1150 transparent glaze, 30x13x13cm
Kira O’Brien: Blue Lady, 2011, Sgraffito, white earthenware, black and colored slips, 1150 transparent glaze, 40cm
Kira O’Brien: The Night, 2011, Wall Platter, white earthenware, black and colored slips, 1150 transparent glaze, 35cm
Kira O’Brien: Apple, 2011, white earthenware, black and colored slips, 1150 transparent glaze, 20x8x12cm