Edit: From / To

Expectations Jennifer Chetelat: Artist Statement As a potter and ceramist I am constantly interacting with a medium that undergoes a drastic change. Clay has the ability to go from something malleable and temporary to something solid and permanent with the properties to exist in its form for thousands of years. However, left on its own, clay mostly does not change, …

Raw Materials

The other day, I found myself mesmerized by a video about how oil paint is made. The big vats of churning raw color stirred something deep inside of me and I could not look away. Actually, I watched it twice. Art supply stores, craft stores, and home improvement stores all have the same effect on me. While some people may …

Edit: Memory Map

Below is the written statement from Gallery Edit’s August 2017 show, Edit: Memory Map. The statement was written by the Gallery’s Art Team to help viewers contemplate Stacey Silkey’s work.  As people, and especially as artists, memory serves many significant purposes in our experiences and expressions of those experiences. In addition to personal and individual memories of things that have …

An Exercise in Wholeness

Earlier this summer, my husband and I, along with our adorable Frenchie pup Bowie, went on an epic cross-country road trip. It was a wonderful experience and one that I know we will remember forever. During the trip, I had a few meaningful experiences related to art, so I would love to share a bit about what I learned. As …

Art That Speaks Softly

When I was an art student in college, I felt like I needed to make big statements with my art. It was the early 90’s. The Cold War was ending and the Gulf War was beginning. The Soviet Union was disbanding and apartheid was beginning to unravel. I found myself wanting to talk about really big, complex issues like race …

Kintsugi- Beauty in Repair

I have thrown out many, many pots.  I am a potter and I am usually on a quest for perfection, beauty, and function in the pieces I make. However,  when a piece is flawed somewhere in the process of making it, it gets tossed.  Some pots I save to be broken for mosaics, but usually I make the tiles for …

Improvisation- Jazz + Collage Composition

The intersection of visual art and music as representations of culture was particularly prevalent in the first part of the twentieth century in both the deep South as well as in the North after the Great Migration. The African American experience during this period of history was often difficult because of the prevalence of overt and covert racism, Jim Crow …