June 28-July 24
Cary Weigand creates delicate yet striking ceramic figures. They conveys narrative and spirituality through the juxtaposition of human and animal figures. ”In my work, my figures represent the dream world. The forms of the figures are opportunities to express our interconnectedness, the hand-positions might be like a beak ready to pluck the fruit, or maybe the hand is morphing into drops of water as it reenters the sea of conciseness. Each piece comes with its own story,” she says. “Each story feels like a poem that does not have to make logical sense but engages the senses with inspiration that comes from the impenetrable shadows of madness, or from the liquid flow of existence, day after day after day… “ Her pieces are filled with symbolic elements and explore death, rebirth, transition and/or innocence. “Sometimes I cut and fold the clay, like wet origami, to relieve stress in the clay that would come from pushing it out. The clay is worked in variations of slabs, from thick to thin, building upward and pushing outward. The figures originate from the torso, getting built out in both directions at the same time. An arm is two slabs made circular, cut and attached. Joints are puzzled together with smaller triangular shapes, moving into the hands and face to build up the surface outward until small details are smoothed out, creating the final finished surface.
Andie Furtado is a oil painter exploring themes of gender and identity. Her current series, VEIL, revolves around gender dysphoria and the idea of identity as fabricated. Although these topics can be dark, which is a quality apparent in the series, the pieces also carry tender moments that bring optimism and beauty into them. Instead of focusing on the overwhelming nature of the theme, she pushes the viewer to explore the fine, colorful details and view the body as a work in progress. VEIL is about the body as a platform for change, growth and liberation from its limitations and imprisoning aspects. This collection of work is an anthem for those relinquishing the imposed responsibility to make others more comfortable. Her The Tattoo Series, focuses on women. It draws from photo-documentation of tattoos and tattoo culture past and present while using the pulling and smearing of the medium to create dimensionality, weight and movement into the work. This collection of work also carries tones of empowerment through its rejection of societal ‘beauty’ and gender constructs and shines a raw light on the femme and queer body in contemporary tattoo culture.
In Karen Russo’s most recent ceramic work, “Hope & Despair,” each sculpture responds to a world out of balance. Their bodies, bent arms, backs, and legs, are weighed down by their posture. Floral patterns both obscure and highlight their emotion and spirit. But as women connected by a common thread, their kinship rises above their own isolation. Vulnerability inspires resiliency. She uses clay to expresses a deep connection to nature. Her subjects are women from different eras and origins, all exploring feelings of strength, sensuality, and contemplation. Beginning with stoneware or earthenware clay, she hand-builds each sculpture from coil, slabs, or from a solid mass of clay. As she works, she constructs an internal armature to support the piece until it’s finished. Once the sculpture is fully formed, it is cut into multiple sections, hollowed, and compressed before being reattached. Patterns and textures are carved and painted onto the surface. Her color palettes are specific to places steeped in nature. The finished work may have layers of oxide stains, underglazes, clay paint and encaustic wax. “I hope to express an eternal optimism regarding the human spirit. When confronted by the over-shadowing darkness of our country and world events, I seek light, hope, love and compassion-a counterbalance to hate and violence.”
Jacqueline McIntyre works in several mediums; oil, cold wax, assemblage and collage. Each medium gives her a different voice to express herself. With her “Birds with Words” series she started by watching crows prancing around in the rain outside her studio window. “They began to fascinate me and I learned just how smart they were and that began my first series of crows in the rain. I photograph the birds and look for a photo that captures the more whimsical side of the of the birds. I enjoy the challenge of painting their personalities and antics. When I began painting the bird pieces I started to incorporate collage elements on the bottom or side of the painting. I am also a collector of things; all of these parts to my life lead to me creating assemblages as part of each bird painting. I wanted the objects in each assemblage to try and tell a story about the bird.” In another series her work uses oil along with cold wax. Her paintings are usually about nature, in particular Flowers, Crows and Birds. “I find myself fascinated by the forms, colors and uniqueness of flowers whether they are living or dried. When dried the petals curl and twist in so many interesting shapes, sometimes forming beautiful abstract patterns, it’s almost as if they have danced into their new form.”