Carol Gouthro and Jim Kraft / Gallery IMA, Seattle
March 5-28, 2015
Gallery IMA is pleased to showcase artwork by Pacific Northwest artists Carol Gouthro and Jim Kraft in an exploration of ceramics as a medium of vessels. An introduction of the Aurlia series of sculptures by artist Carol Gouthro, she evokes allusions of botanical illustrations through the incorporation of vibrant colors and a hybrid of biological forms.
Carol Gouthro focuses the basis “of her work on the ceramic vessel in its variable forms as a container. In the last decade her work has evolved in her explorations of botanically inspired hybrid sculptural forms. She combines her experiences abroad in India and China and carries elements of these cultural experiences. Carol states “I am fascinated by the complexity, diversity, beauty, and danger of the natural world and this leads to thoughts about growth, nourishment, attraction, and sexuality… After many years of closely observing and collecting plants, and constructing vessel forms that transformed into plant forms, I began inventing my own plant species using botanical nomenclature as my departure point.”
Jim Kraft opens a discussion on the fabrication of vessels as a combination of a series of elements. An amalgamation of coil and brick shaped pieces combine themselves to form a greater structure. The use of earth toned earthenware clay results in a distinctive, highly textural sculpture. He describes the processes behind his work as “… the act of making the work, connects me with past cultures who used the same materials to make vessels for ceremony or everyday use. I like the idea of being a part of the long history of people making things with their hands.”
Carol Gouthro and Jim Kraft’s artwork have been exhibited nationally and internationally.
Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10:30 am – 5:30 pm, and by appointment.
123 South Jackson Street
Seattle, WA 98104
Above: Jim Kraft, Cord, Cylinder, 2013, Earthenware clay, 26 x 13 x 13 inches. Photo by Richard Nicol.