Katie St. Clair
Central Piedmont Community College’s (CPCC) Ross Gallery is excited to bring Artist Katie St. Clair’s exhibition, “Fruiting Bodies” to the college’s Central Campus, Aug. 15 – Oct. 10, 2018.
St. Clair’s latest work not only focuses on the natural decay of life and the beauty found within, but also on the complex processes of physical and spiritual healing through visualization of plants and fungi in the Carolina landscape. Abstraction of these forms allows St. Clair to express the subtle relationships of non-linear ecosystems. While researching, harvesting and consuming wild edibles, St. Clair’s understanding of flavor and the healing potential of her subjects expanded and evolved. St. Clair developed new ways of looking at the natural world, not only for inspiration and form, but also for the pragmatic considerations of pigment, texture and creative constraint. She incorporated new materials into her pieces, including natural dyes collected from the native ecosystems, through botanic, fungal and mineral extractions.
“Fruiting Bodies” will feature a series of melting ice sculptures that are an experimental part of St. Clair’s painting process. These melting sculptures called “spheres” contain pigments, mushrooms and other organic materials foraged by the artist during her hikes through different parts of the North Carolina landscape. The delicately constructed spheres are suspended above canvases and slowly melt over a period of 24 to 48 hours. The ephemerality of this process echoes the cycle of life: birth, growth, death and decay.
St. Clair received a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Magna Cum Laude, from the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and her Master of Fine Arts from the Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan. She is currently the Assistant Professor of Art specializing in painting and drawing at Davidson College.
August 15 – October 10, 2018, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Monday – Thursday)
Artist Lecture: September 12, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. – Tate Hall
Opening Reception: September 12, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Ross Gallery
Sphere installations: August 20, September 12, and October 1 – Ross Gallery
Art Around CPCC Campuses – Merancas Campus
On view: August 15 – December 4, 2018
Artist Lecture: September 27th at 11:00 a.m. TS248 Merancas Campus
“Ancient Expanse” is a site-specific installation I started in Denmark in 2009 as a Resident Artist at the International Ceramic Research Center-Guldagergaard. It consists of a series of small ceramic pieces that are a reaction to the natural environment along the southwestern coast of Zealand. I documented the piece by taking pictures of the sculptures along the beach of the town where I was living in the water and other natural areas.
“Ancient Expanse” explores the boundaries between perception, reality, time and space. Photographs of the work document a fleeting moment in time where the natural and the created interact. Over the past five years, I have continued to make more pieces and have accumulated 1,000 ceramic objects. They are installed into large organic patterns in galleries or outdoors, and the original photographs are shown via video or projection. While the piece was inspired by Denmark, the colors and patterns of the individual sculptures reference ocean life as well as textures found in nature.
“Ancient Expanse” is playful and engaging and causes the viewer to stop and think about what they are seeing. There is an element of surprise as people realize that they are not actually looking at real objects, but sculptural forms that reference nature. It blends the natural with an element of discovery that engages the community in a dialogue about perception and reality.
August 8 – December 18
An exhibit featuring photography by Serge Skiba and wood works by Bruce Lacy
The fall semester exhibit in the Levine Campus Gorelick Gallery features the photography of Serge Skiba. As an outdoor enthusiast, Skiba enjoys photographing the places he travels to in order to capture memories as well as to share with others. Skiba is always striving to learn new techniques of photographing a landscape in order to bring the best visual presentation possible. His photographs have been featured in international publications, art galleries, and commercial advertisements.
His hope is that some of his photographs have sparked a memory or have inspired you to act on your dreams.
August 13 – December 18
Cato Gallery will feature new works and a site specific installation by fiber artist, Sydney Sogol and metal works by Mary Klacza.
Sydney is a fiber artist whose work focuses on exploring the relationship between color and pattern through weaving, and dyeing. Her work is inspired by her fascination with nature and biology, specifically animals. Each piece Sydney make is inspired by a specific animal or plant to pay homage and bring attention to that organisms natural beauty and unique story.
She enjoys creating pieces that range from more fine-art oriented to a more functional brand of art that people can engage and interact with. Sydney relishes the idea of people forming a relationship with a piece, such as a scarf that one uses to keep warm, or a table runner used to set the tone for a family dinner.
Mary’s collection of small cast bronze sculptures is inspired by her fascination with the paisley shape and a reflection of how birds curl up and tuck their head into their wing while they are sleeping. While living in Arizona, Mary volunteered at a parrot rescue – each piece reflects the personality of the rescue parrots it is named after, while showing the calm and comfort of a ‘tucked’ bird.