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Playground Ceramic Exhibition aims to explore how individual artists or collaborators experience play in their studio practice. Play (verb) is defined as engaging in an activity for enjoyment. Within the studio practice play can be experienced as material experimentation, exploration of new ideas, collaboration, flow state or even just good music. We are seeking submission of ceramic work that exhibits the concept of play within your practice. Open to any artist working in ceramic sculpture or pottery.
Juror | Virginia Scotchie
Virginia Scotchie is a ceramic artist and Area Head of Ceramics at the School of Visual Art and Design at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina, USA. She received her Bachelor of Art in Sociology and Religion from UNC-Chapel Hill in North Carolina and in 1985 completed her Master of Fine Arts at Alfred University School of Ceramics in New York.
Her ceramic sculpture has been extensively exhibited throughout the United States and abroad, and has received numerous awards including the Sydney Meyer Fund International Ceramics Premiere Award from the Shepparton Museum in Victoria, Australia and most recently the SouthArts Fellowship in the Arts for 2019.
She has lectured internationally on her creative research and has worked as an Artist in Residence in Taiwan, Italy, Australia, Hungary, China, France, New Zealand and the Netherlands. Her ceramic work resides in numerous public and private collections and reviews about her work appear in many prestigious ceramic publications.
ARTIST STATEMENT |
Recent work has dealt with the relationships of whole forms to that of their components. The act of taking apart and putting back together has contributed to the accumulation of a personal library of fragmented images. My current interest is in the exploration of new forms derived from rearranging fragments of disparate dissected objects.
In some of the pieces, I have "borrowed" fragments of personal objects that have been passed on to me from a family member. Usually these are things that have only sentimental value: An old pipe of my fathers, a funnel from my mother’s kitchen an old bulb from the family Christmas tree. A recent object that falls into this category is a handmade wooden tool that was fashioned by my Italian grandfather to plant his garden. Slender and pointed with a stump of a side handle this small tool fit the hand of my grandfather and served him well. For me it not only holds visual intrigue but also a connection to my memory of him and the things he loved.
While drawn from specific sources of interpretation, the work in this exhibit is primarily abstract and formal. Form, surface and color take precedent over any perceived emotional content. While the work may trigger a visual memory of familiar objects, the viewer is encouraged to have a range of interpretations.