After 30 years of doing research in genetics in the Anthropology department at Penn State, I began to draw. Although visual art is very different from science in many ways, I find that still both are explorations of truth, each a continuing process of experimenting, discovery, successes, and failures. And each requires a way of looking at details that, with luck, eventually make sense to the onlooker. But, while science rejected alchemy long ago, the optical illusion that drawing can be, marks on paper becoming three-dimensional objects, really is a transformation.
I love the moment when the drawing or painting comes alive, when the eyes begin to seem expressive, or when it’s just possible to imagine the animal or object in its environment, and that you are there, observing. The transformation of some marks on a piece of paper into three dimensions is magical to me every time it happens.
Interstices; The Space Between An Exploration of Repetition, Rhythm, and Flow
Artist Statement: I create biomorphic forms designed with both configuration and function in mind. Nature is a deep well of inspiration in my work. I am fascinated with how nature divides and segments plants, petals, leaves and even underwater creatures around a main axis.
Repetition, rhythm, and flow translate into a visceral exploration in clay. These influences are transformed via lines on my pots. The interstices between the lines draw potency from repetition and rhythm inspired by nature. Many of these works reflect an undulating river; the way it sinuously flows carving the earth.
In my recent Vase Series I explore radial symmetry. I utilize the shape of the vase to articulate segments in a flowing line from top to bottom. I then echo the accentuation of these lines throughout the form. A flower's petal inspires the lines; how the sensuous curve flows uninterrupted.
Pottery Gallery - 2nd Floor
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: 12:00-4:30 p.m.
Nov 2 thru Nov 25
Lisa Cirincione, Tana Reiff & Michelle Saylor in the Photography Gallery