New Ceramic Horizons
Paradise Wood Sculpture Grove
May 2002 - January 2003
From the Curator's Statement
Earth! Fire! Water! The very elements that support our life on
this planet are the raw materials of the ceramicists' art. Working
with these basic elements of Mother Nature is both a humble and
a heroic undertaking by the artist. From earliest time, humankind
has reflected its dependence upon and fascination with these elements
in a vast array of forms. From the mundane vessel to the magnificent
monument artists have fashioned our history in clay.
In New Ceramic Horizons, ten artists continue to explore the vocabulary
of this ancient art form. Far from being a dead language, clay
can be molded to reflect its timeless history while at the same
time speaking in a contemporary voice. The Paradise Wood Sculpture
Grove is an ideal setting in which to experience these works of
ceramic art. By setting these works directly in the environment
from which they materially come, humankinds' diminutive state
and brevity of tenure is made all the more clear and poignant.
By displaying these works directly in nature, a spectacle of kaleidoscopic
richness is reflected in the daily play of light, the impress
of weather and andante of seasonal change. This wedding of art
and nature will repay many visits to the Sculpture Grove with
a new experience each time.
The work of these ten selected artists reflects the diversity
of aesthetics that characterize the post-modern world of art.
From the visceral to the intellectual, each artist has found a
reflection of his or her personal voice in the wedding of earth,
fire and water.
May 14 , 2002
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