Patricia Sannit: Cradle, 2010, 21”x32”x12”, hand-built, carved and incised reclaimed clays, slip and stain
Patricia Sannit: Cone Guard, 2010, 7”x11”x7”, cast, carved and incised found and reclaimed clays, slip and stain
Patricia Sannit: Bottle: Infinity, 2009 , 22”x7”x4”, hand-built, carved and incised stoneware, slip and stain
Patricia Sannit: Hemisphere 1198, 2008, 8”x12”x12”, cast, carved and incised found and reclaimed clays, slip and stain
Mary Fischer and Patricia Sannit / Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, Arizona, USA
March 17 - May 12, 2012
Obsidian Gallery presents a two person exhibition of non-figurative ceramic sculpture by Mary Fischer and Patricia Sannit. The show runs from March 17th through May 12, 2012, with the Artist’s Reception on Saturday, March 24, 2012 from 6pm to 9pm.
The focus of Mary Fischer’s work is architecture, both in the wild and in books. The images “get jumbled” in Mary’s head and later sorted out by her hands.
The timelessness of indigenous architecture is an influence, as is the use of concrete by contemporary architects. Surface treatments and forms change over time as different structures capture her interest.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Patricia Sannit received her BA in Ceramics, Art History and Norwegian from the University of Minnesota and her MFA from the California College of Arts. She now lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Sannit’s work is influenced by her experiences excavating in the Near East and Ethiopia. Sannit’s most recent project is a large-scale ceramic installation, Citadel, based on an archeological site in Iraq.
Patricia Sannit’s work draws from humanity’s relationship with both its natural and man-made surroundings. She uses both found and repurposed clay to refer to historical art forms as well as the stratigraphy of the Earth. “I am interested in the story of the earth, our species, and pots. History is manifest in the scarred and worn surface of our planet and in a pot well made and well used.”
Obsidian Gallery has presented the best in contemporary craft to Tucson residents and visitors for twenty-five years. There is an emphasis on the traditional craft media of clay, fiber, metal, glass and wood. Contemporary fine art, and works in mixed media complement the selection.