Nastasia Lawton-Sticklor: Tea Time
Sarah Williams: Dysfunctional
On view September 6 through October 5, 2019
Opening reception: Friday, September 6, 2019, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Artist Talk: Wednesday, September 25 at 12:00 PM
Nastasia Lawton-Sticklor considers the intricacies of form and history through the lens of her camera in Tea Time. She focuses on both her own past and the larger cultural narrative around tea – from the comfort it has provided her to the economic and racial disparity and that emerged from tea’s growing popularity in western countries. By utilizing light, greyscale, and a carefully orchestrated design, she uses her camera as a medium to move deeper into an understanding of history and the self. As someone who grapples with her own exploration of life, Lawton-Sticklor invites viewers to use her photography as a medium to share the vulnerability in grappling for understanding.
In Dysfunctional, Sarah Williams explores language through ceramic art. Her belief that diction is interwoven with our current political state is investigated through her techniques in clay. According to the artist, words and phrases begin to lose their value after being repeated frequently. Williams employs traditional and nontraditional ceramic techniques to create actively politicized art. When viewing her work, Sarah expresses her voice by inviting the public to think deeper about the connection between the fragility and meaning in ceramic art and the language used in everyday media.
Concurrently on view:
Material Needs 2019 in the West Gallery through October 5, 2019
Robin Reynolds: Summer Blooms/Winter Gardens in the East Gallery through October 5, 2019
images: Nastasia Lawton-Sticklor, Well-Twisted, digital print on cotton fiber paper, 16″ x 20″; Sarah Williams, Listening to NPR since 2016, porcelain, 24″ x 14″