NELL CHANDLER: Our title Resurfaced inspired a number of mindful directions and ideas. 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 Featured Artists Show in years past. I also thought of Resurfaced as a chance to concentrate on 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 for our show and for fun I am creating a couple of paintings on the subject of resurfacing our lives I’m calling “Going Back In.”
EVELYN WARD:This past year has been full of changes. Last fall I underwent brain surgery to deal with a painful facial nervecondition. I am happy to report that the surgery was successful. However, during the lead up to the surgery, myhead was swimmingwith fear and anxiety. Not only the stress of having invasive surgery but the general anxietycaused by the pandemic.But clay is what kept me grounded. My time in the studio, with it’s the familiar daily rituals,was a refuge and helpedto center and keep me focused on the work. Sincereturning to the studio in February, I feel like I’m resurfacing fromthose dark, murky waters. My head is clearing, the pain is gone, and I have renewed energy for my work. I am stillworking with monoprinting but I havebeen experimenting with layering underglazes and find myself drawn to moresubdued colors.I feel like the new work is quieter, using layers to build up a more complex surface. I’m so happy to be back at work again inthe studio and I hope you enjoy looking at the pots!
Dive down deep
To the still place.
Swim along, amongst dark truths
And flashes of light, insight.
And dive down deep again.
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.