Monthly Archives: January 2006

Madoka Ito & Jennifer Forti

Madoka Ito, oil paintings
Jennifer Forti, ceramic sculpture

January 26- February 21

     Madoka Ito’s oil paintings are simple and yet controlled.  At first glance Ito’s paintings seem to jump out at you with an intensity of color, and it is the color that attracts the viewer.  But coming closer to these little gems, one becomes fascinated with her painted figures. The dreamlike figures float or take root and call ones attention back to detail.  The figures are minimalist in expression, and the figures carry an energy, as if they inhabit another world.  There is a playful quality, a light heartedness to the position of these figures and yet something sobering is always present.

 Madoka Ito
“Small Miracles Visit”   oil on wood


      Jennifer Forti will be showing her latest ceramic sculptures.  Whimsy and an off kilter sense of humor inhabit her pieces.  Forti explains that her work is inspired by “circus-charged” images, as if her sculptures live under a circus tent.  Disembodied heads, parts of figures, anatomical hearts, egg-like thrones and lots of stripes seem to be her themes.  Bright colors and white crackle glazes give texture and depth to these hand built constructions.  One sculpture, a three legged figure with metal casters as feet, supports a half egg shape with a nestled disembodied head which leaves the viewer to wonder at it’s expression.



Jennifer Forti
 “Untitled”  clay