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this month’s Featured Art Exhibit:
Read what the artists have to say about their show.
NELL CHANDLER: For years and years I used a lot of etching in my work. A few years ago I lost the ability to etch the way I used to. The title of our show, Figure and Ground, inspired me to go back through some boxes of old etched plates. In the pile of metal I found a lot of little etched figures I then pulled out and dusted off. I sawed the little figures out and soldered them to some sterling earrings and embellished them with different little shapes and textures in metal. They represent the figure half.It was suggested that two of the three artist in our show were “figure” and our potter represented the “ground”. I can relate to both figure and ground as metal too comes from the ground. I have been exploring different techniques in enameling for the past few years and have continued to do so for this show. Enamels are much related to the earth also and the more I explore the different techniques and colors through enameling the bigger that world gets.I havealways enjoyed the way we can put a title ona featured artist show and it will influence the budding of a brand new direction. I have enjoyed working with figures again but in a brand new way.
STACY CRABILL: In the visual arts, the figure-ground relationship is explained as the way we perceive objects in a work of art to be the object of focus (the figure) or the background (ground).This series of paintings continues to explore the theme of candy while also focusing on the relationship between figure and ground. I set the parameter that the ground had to be created by repeating the figure in a variety of ways— perhaps by way of a silhouette, an outline, or text related to the figure. I find that I am most creative when I have fewer tools and establish limitations. This series of work gave me room to play, think, and grow.
EVELYN WARD: My work for this show is the result of what’s been evolving in my studio over the winter. As with everything in my work, it’s been a slow evolution –refining forms, developing a few new slip colors –but always working withinthe same framework. In relation to the title of our show: Figure & Ground, I’ve been playing with the use of negative space, sometimes flipping the colors used on two pots and then seeing how that effects the overall pieces, especially in relation to eachother. It’s been an interesting and informative exercise. I hope you enjoy the new work that has surfaced these last couple of months!
Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, 121 N. Churton St., Hillsborough, NC