Santa Fe Clay’s invitational, The Figure in Clay
Santa Fe Clay’s invitational, The Figure in Clay, is an opportunity to see a spectrum of ceramic works by established and emerging national artists. The figure is rendered sculpturally, as narrative imagery on functional and decorative ceramics, and in relief. Artists create pieces that mimic wood, render tableaux in miniature, and make intimately scaled pieces and life-sized objects. Artists include Lisa Clague, who creates hybrid fantasy creatures that hark back to a bygone era; Jack Earl, whose vernacular sculptures depicting small-town life are in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum; Christina Bothwell, who explores themes of metamorphosis in mixed-media works that include a combination of raku clay and cast glass; Lesley Baker who makes inventive, baroque sculptural forms; and Thaddeus Erdahl, whose blackly comic sculptures are masterpieces of surface treatment. Some works are whimsical and absurd, such as Cynthia Consentino’s Girl With Squirrel, which has interchangeable heads; others are disturbing, such as the f leshy, photorealistic figures of Curt LaCross. More than 35 artists are represented, working in a range of firing techniques and clays such as porcelain, stoneware, and earthenware.
The Figure in Clay opens with a 5 p.m. reception on Friday, Jan. 29, and remains on view through March 26. Admission is free. Santa Fe Clay is at 545 Camino de la Familia. Call 505-984-1122. — Michael Abatemarco
Left, Thaddeus Erdahl: Napoleonic
Dazzle Soldier, 2013, stoneware; right, Lisa Clague: Kate, 2011, porcelain; photos Santa Fe Clay