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January 24 - February 23, 2020

Anna Freeman – "Drought and Deluge"

Helena Davis Gallery

Opening Reception
Friday, January 24, 2020
6:00 - 9:00 pm
Free and Open to the Public

Closing Artist Talk
Sunday, February 23, 2019
2:00 pm
Free and Open to the Public

Artist Statement

In this body of work, I explore ecological concepts relating to global and regional water availability. The wall-hung tile groupings and the sculptural vessels depict cycles of drought and excess rainfall and reference the vital significance of water to plants. The imagery ranges from microscopic views of botanical structures for moving and storing water, plant and fungus imagery, and glossy pools of raindrops, to contrasting areas of matte, cracked clay surfaces, representing drought.

I construct the sculptural vessel forms from wheel-thrown porcelain cylinders, which I attach and alter to make one tall sinuous form. For the wall-hung pieces, I use both stoneware and porcelain clay slabs. I develop the detailed surface imagery using hand-carved designs, hand-pressed textures made with everyday found objects, layers of brushed underglaze, and the sgraffito process. After bisque firing, I apply layers of multiple different glazes to create contrast between glossy and matte surfaces, resulting in a balanced patchwork of color and texture.


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