UNenshrined” by Anne-Bridget Gary. Submitted by the artist
By Suzanne Weiss/Director of Public Relations
MANITOWOC, Wis. — Time and natural elements are collaborators in an upcoming ceramics exhibit presented by the Silver Lake College art department.
“Nature Worship” features works by Anne-Bridget Gary, a studio ceramicist and professor of art and design at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where she has taught for more than 25 years.The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will run Jan. 16 through Feb. 17 in the Donald P. Taylor Gallery on the Silver Lake College campus, 2406 S. Alverno Road.
“Anne-Bridget Gary was my ceramics professor during my undergraduate studies at UW-Stevens Point. She inspired me as a student to explore clay in unique ways. I’m excited that she will be exhibiting at Silver Lake College this semester while I am teaching ceramics,” said Erin LaBonte, associate professor of art and co-chair of the Silver Lake College art department. “She has a technical ability in the traditional sense matched with a unique personal exploration of the medium. Her work is spiritual and personal and I hope it inspires the SLC community as it has me in my growth as an artist.”
Much attuned to her environment and her medium, and intrigued by the idea of material in physical change, Gary created a series of five works called “UNenshrined” and then let nature add the finishing touches as the pieces weathered over time.
“The work presented here is derived and positioned from many of my intimate ideas of natural space and form. This means that my sense of awareness to surroundings claims stories that are metaphors, integrating themselves into my life and image-making,” Gary said in her artist’s statement.
“I have found groups of metaphors in abstracted concepts: from risen earth and into the joy of beautiful things unspoken. The everyday use of functional objects is an important aspect to me in the practical sense, as well as in the seeing of them as sculpture. In part, they represent cultures that revere gentleness, a giving kindness and remain as permanent earth. This resonates in me. I know them as authentic experiences from the internal and external space they hold.”
Gary, who holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, has traveled extensively throughout Japan, China and Korea, where she has worked with fifth- and sixth-generation potters. She has exhibited her pieces throughout the United States and internationally. Her ceramic sculptures and pottery are in collections ranging from Transco Corp. in Houston, Texas, to the Kavik Corp. in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Gary has reviewed and edited a ceramics text and an art education handbook for two major American publishers. She also presented her work at the International Conference for the Arts in Society at New York University, and traveled to Xian, China, for several weeks to do research at several sites and to present her work to the International Ceramic Editors Conference.
The public is welcome to see her works during Silver Lake College gallery hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Enter through the east entrance of the main building.
Ceramic artist Anne-Bridget Gary arranges a display (center). Photo courtesy of the artist
NATURE series by Anne-Bridget Gary (bottom). Photo courtesy of the artist