I will be hanging an installation of ceramic plates, “Tapestry,” for my featured artist show at the Redlands Art Association January 23rd through February 13th.
During this past October’s Downtown Redlands Art Walk, I collected over 50 shoe, foot and (one) hand prints from art walk goers onto a square slab of clay. Uncontrolled by me, slabs of clay were distorted, completely or partially covered with prints, barely dented, ripped apart and more by the participants. After collection, I determined how to best influence the final result by adding patterns, trimming parts of some squares and selecting glaze combinations. The end collaboration is, at times, unrecognizable as a shoe print.
“Tapestry” speaks to many things from popular shoe styles in Redlands to the individuals who participated. The quality and substance of the pattern on each plate shows the confidence in their step, their mood for the day and maybe even their affinity for getting dirty. These insights are reflected in each plate’s title as well as short stories that accompany many of the plates.
A closing reception for the exhibit will be held on Friday, February 12th from 5 to 7 pm at the Redlands Art Association. I will have clay available for those who wish to try their hand at creating their own texture patterns. Free and open to all ages!
Thank you to the Downtown Redlands Art Walk and Parliament Chocolate for hosting me in October and to all of those who donated prints. This project would not have been possible without your support!