MOLLY SAWYER: BETWEEN EARTH AND SKY
MOLLY SAWYER Between Earth and Sky
JAN 20 – FEB 24
Opening Reception - January 20, 6-8 PM; Free for members, $5 for Non-members
Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Molly Sawyer received a Studio Art degree in 1995 from Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina. She continued with ceramic sculpture, exploring abstract organic form until her return to Atlanta in 1998. There she began to explore the figure in clay while acting as an assistant in a large, student-oriented ceramics studio. 2001 brought her to New York City where she studied from human models at both the New York Studio School and the Art Students League of New York. By 2005 her focus moved to the horse, where this study evolved into a series of equine works. These retain the flowing stylization found in her figurative and abstract work.
Sawyer’s latest exploration investigates the creation of nurturing forms and spaces. She creates this space by collecting in her studio found objects from the natural world. These she combines with other abstract forms with the result being the creation of a space with an other-worldly effect rooted in the natural world by organic elements. These include the ephemeral and sometimes living materials such as rust, moss, bark, raw sheep wool and salvaged wood. Sawyer sees in these materials evidence of the cyclical process of life.
Ocean is that space between the Earth and the sky. The massive body wraps the planet in a watery cocoon and separates soil from air. It is truly a space in between.
Freedom, mystery, mystique, yearning; wonder, amazement, anxiety, separation; loss and emptiness. These are only a few of the emotions which result from cyclical events and austere realities we experience throughout life. From creation myths written in the stars to the rise and fall of the tides, humans have used the sea for guidance. This visual narrative is an allegorical expression connecting these waters to the universal sea of tumultuous, human emotion. – Molly Sawyer
Friday, January 20, 2017 - 6:00pm to Friday, February 24, 2017 - 5:00pm
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