Allison Luce: The Serpent Tree
Ross Gallery, Overcash Building
Gallery Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
October 24 – January 13, 2012
Reception November 7, 2012; 6 – 8 p.m.
Allison Luce explores the ephemeral nature of existence and the mystery of eternity through her ceramic sculptures and monoprints.
CPCC is pleased to present two of her projects, The Serpent Tree and Ancient Expanse, the continuation of a site-specific installation created and photographed in Skaelskør, Denmark as a Resident Artist at the International Ceramic Research Center. The Serpent Tree incorporates the fragility and femininity and its relation to eternity, connecting her artwork made in a post-modern context to the rich and ancient history of clay. Her inspiration comes from the story of the Garden of Eden and investigates the frailty of the body and the fallibility of man. Referencing nature as well as the body, these sculptures are about birth, growth and temptation. Ancient Expanse includes photography that focuses upon the boundaries between the real and un-real, natural and man-made, and time and space, documenting a fleeting moment in time where the natural and unnatural meet and interact and serve as a metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life.
Luce graduated with dual BFA degrees in Painting and Art History from Ohio University and received her MFA from Hunter College, City University of New York. She resides in Charlotte, N.C., where she is a studio artist and an adjunct art instructor. Allison has also been a resident artist at Zentrum für Keramik-Berlin in Germany, Baltimore Clayworks, and The McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte.