Thu, Jun 01|
Worcester Center for Crafts
Artists-in-Residence Exhibition 2023
Time & Location
Jun 01, 5:30 PM – Jun 15, 5:00 PM
Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Rd, Worcester, MA 01605, USA
About the Event
The ceramic Artists in Residence of the Worcester Center for Craft are pleased to announce their end-of-residency show - Ponder. After ten months of hard work, long days, and personal and artistic exploration, Elizabeth Peña-Alvarez, Bianca Turner, and Margaret Larson will be exhibiting a range of ceramic work created during their residency.
On view in the Kirkorian Gallery:
June 1 - 15, 2023
Opening Reception: Thuesday June 1, 5:30-7:30pm
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
A recent MFA graduate of UMass Dartmouth, Elizabeth Peña-Alvarez has been exploring sculptural forms, at various scales, that relate to the human body and her lived experience with disease, grief, and trauma. Of her work, she says “I investigate physical and emotional trauma and the concept of Post-Traumatic Growth by incorporating universal dichotomous themes such as life and loss; growth and destruction; light and darkness. My visual vocabulary is informed by observations of the natural world, including flora, and human anatomy…” A range of textures, clays, and concepts are investigated through her creation of biomorphic, hand built vessels.
Bianca Turner, who recently graduated with her BFA from University of Hartford, has been creating a menagerie of vibrant-colored and undulating abstract sculptures, expressing her love of music and fashion through the language of clay and color. Bianca says that “Clay allows her total freedom to create,” and has used as many techniques and tools as she can get her hands on, in order to push the limits of what clay and color can say and do.
North Carolina native Margaret Larson has continued the long-standing southern pottery tradition during her residency at the WCC. She is passionate about excellence in form and function, and showcases a range of floral and non-representational patterns on her pots.
Margaret says of her process, “I throw all my attention into my forms and decoration as a way to ground myself or escape reality. Every aspect of the ceramic process lets me process emotions and experiences, and each unique surface and pot I create feels like a little love note or journal entry - to myself or others.” She uses the intimacy and interactivity of pottery as a way to connect to the people around her, and share her love of clay with friends old and new.
KRIKORIAN GALLERY HOURS: