Sunday, June 4th, 2023 @ 4:00:pm
From the Earth presents ceramic sculptural works by Hadrian Mendoza and wire sculptural works by Kirsty Little.
April 26 – July 31, 2021
Opening Reception: Wednesday May 19th 4-8PM + Wednesday June 30th 4-8PM
Hadrian Mendoza is constantly reinventing what it means to be a ceramicist. Using traditional stoneware technique with radical conceptual ideas, his pieces are a delicate balance between functionality and high art. Mendoza is passionate about working and learning about the craft, he says: “Pottery is recreating nature in a more permanent way — taking things from the earth such as clay, ash, minerals and altering them into your desired shape or form, glazing them with your creativity, firing a piece of clay that might just give you the brightest hue of the sky or the sea or even the universe. It’s when you get down and dirty with dirt, ash, and clay that you feel the connection with the earth.”
Sculptress and art activist Kirsty Little strives to find honest organic movement in both spheres. The energetic movement qualities she discovers in wire lures her to exploring the gesture. She aims to find its ‘backbone’, the essence of where the movement comes from and create that in wood. Pulling outward from there with wire, Little draw in space the form. The metal wires are suspended and moveable, giving suggestion of breath. Weaving, once considered ‘woman’s work’ is a new direction, weaving with wire to strengthen the message that for equality women still need to work hard to be heard. Formerly a Circus Aerialist based in the UK for two decades, a sudden move to USA in 2011 left her finding her way into the art world and changing her style of creativity. Her artwork is inspired by motherhood, womankind, and raising the profile of the struggling environment. She makes sculpture with porcelain, wood and wire to create a combination of organic shapes, and tightly tailored works.
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