Resurfacing In The Aftermath Of 2020
Jeweler Nell Chandler was inspired by the title. “I thought of the different surfaces I have used in my work and the new techniques and surfaces I have been inspired to try with each annual show. It also represents how we have spent more than a year in a weird and different universe and how we don’t even know the way our lives will be “Resurfaced” once we truly head back in. I found myself revisiting previous surface techniques on my jewelry and for fun I created a couple of paintings on the subject of resurfacing our lives that I’m calling Going Back In.”
For potter Evelyn Ward this past year has been full of changes. “Last fall I underwent brain surgery to deal with a painful facial nerve condition. I am happy to report that the surgery was successful.” Working with clay kept her grounded. “My time in the studio, with its familiar daily rituals, was a refuge and helped to center and keep me focused on the work. Since returning to the studio in February, I feel like I’m resurfacing from those dark, murky waters. My head is clearing, the pain is gone, and I have renewed energy. I am still working with monoprinting but I have been experimenting with layering underglazes and find myself drawn to more subdued colors. I feel like the new work is quieter, using layers to build up a more complex surface.”
For painter Michele Yellin “This past year, during the pandemic, time has stood still. And yet somehow moved on. I lost my mother this year for the third time. First, I lost her to her advancing dementia, then to the lockdown, and finally to her death from Covid-19. I mourn. I paint. I think. I paint. I remember. I paint. I dream. I mourn. I paint. I resurface, back to the light, and I paint.”
Resurface will run both online and in the gallery from May 28 through June 20.
ONLINE opening: May 28th, 12 Noon. CLICK IMAGE TO VISIT ONLINE OPENING.
GALLERY Opening Reception: Friday, May 28th, 6–9 pm.