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Resolute Accumulations by Shanna Fliegel – Opening Reception
July 15 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 8:00 am, repeating until July 31, 2021
A solo exhibition of the ceramic work of Shanna Fliegel.
Resolute Accumulations is an inquiry of how the natural environment and built world shape and influence how humans navigate change and trauma. Whether the personal struggle is debilitating fear or a greater concern for the imposition of humans on planet Earth, there is a synchronous connection between the individual, interior psyche-scape and the landscape gestalt of humanity.
Gaston Bachelard wrote in the Poetics of Space, ““I should say: the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace.” This calls into question how one decides to define house (the forest, an apartment, a yurt) and in turn informs how one responds to change: safe or healed or supported, or perhaps terrified, paranoid, apocalyptic.
Oftentimes, built spaces conjure up nostalgic memories, while the grandeur of a wild mountain trail may transcend the mind into a sublime state. When one’s skin is wrapped in the forest’s embrace, there is a quiet comfort of refuge. The ocean’s horizontal sight-lines grounds us, reminding us of a shared gaze with our ancestors. During these moments one can sense a deep-seeded insight; that there is an understanding – that we are one. Solitude as togetherness I suppose.
Through the printed image, drawn narrative, and vibrant color palette, this body of work calls for your curiosity; to pay attention. Where do you seek refuge? How will our stories be interconnected? Clay embodies the recorded mark so well, allows for the temporality of dreams to last, and as the fired object to recall the very substance of the Earth.
Opening reception: Friday, July 9th, 6-9pm
Event is free and open to all
Exhibition on display through July 31st
Available for viewing by appointment: email@example.com
About the Artist:
Shanna Fliegel grew up in New Jersey and attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA where she earned her BFA in Studio Art with a concentration in Ceramics.
Shortly after graduating in 2001 she accepted a year-long residency at the Cub Creek Foundation in Appomattox, VA. Here she connected with potters and sculptors from Shigaraki, Japan and Seoul, Korea. These relationships strengthened her background in wood-firing, native clays, and surface. She has since worked as a resident assistant at Greenwich House Pottery in the West Village, NYC; received her MFA in Studio Art/Ceramics at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL in 2008; worked as a resident artist, community outreach fellow, and instructor at the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, NY; was awarded a summer residency at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT; and soon thereafter accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Art/Ceramics at Montana State University in Billings, Montana from 2010-2014. Recent solo and two-person exhibitions at Arrowmont School of Art and Craft and Brumfield Gallery have featured her vessels concerning the anthropocene, a topic of research that has informed the creation of a panel at NCECA 2019. Later she transitioned to teaching high school and worked at the Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC, before relocating to teach ceramics and sculpture at Governor’s Academy in Byfield, MA with her two boys and dog, Jersey. She participated in a month-long residency at Guldagergaard International Ceramics Research Center in Denmark in 2019 and is looking forward to teaching workshops at Morean Arts Center, Gaya Ceramics in Bali and attending AIR Vallauris in France in summer of 2022.