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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Lindsey Elsey, Clemson University Ceramics MFA Candidate, Exhibiting in Studio Apprentices: From the 2012-2013 Working Artist Project at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia

Exhibition Dates: July 12 - September 13, 2014. 

This exhibition features works by the Studio Apprentices who worked with the 2012/2013 Working Artist Project recipients Jiha Moon, Katherine Taylor, and Shara Hughes. Featuring works by:



Callie Durham
Austin Eddy
Lindsey Elsey
Grace Kim
Asia Matos
Hannah Tarr 


About the Working Artist Project:
 
Working Artist Project (WAP) is an awards program to support established visual artists of merit who reside in the metropolitan Atlanta area. This initiative provides an unparalleled level of support for individual artists, expands the Museum’s mission, and promotes Atlanta as a city where artists can live, work, and thrive. As with past years, a guest juror will select three visual artists to receive the Award. Representing our city’s best and brightest; these artists will be supported with an exhibition, promotion, a studio assistant, and a major stipend to create work over the course of the year. This program is supported in large by a grant from The Charles Loridans Foundation with additional funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. 


Lindsey's Artist Statement

I am exploring ephemeral qualities of celebration.  In our lives, certain moments are set aside from the ordinairy: they are special occasions that we spend much time anticipating and preparing for, but they do not last.  In an elegant tea party, one consumes not only crust-less sandwiches and fragile confections, but time as well.  After a celebration is over, one may retain memories, or even pictures and recordings, but the experience as a whole, unbroken unit cannot be repeated.

We often try to go back and relive these experiences over an over in our minds, but is it a satisfying endeavor?  The disposable solo cup is the form I build upon to explore the possible varieties of retention of special occasions, wherein our perception of time is heightened beyond existence mired in the mundane and everyday.  Perhaps once a celebration is over, the incident is meant to be utterly crushed, discarded; a testament to the decadence of a wholly unique experience.  Perhaps we guild the experience in nostalgia- piecing synaptic relations together until the memory is more beautiful than the actual event- a technique embodied in the Japanese practice of kintsugi.  Do we hold on so tight that it seems to us it was never broken?  Do we acknowledge the holes and gaps, or do we construct something entirely new?

For more information about Lindsey and her work, go to:

https://www.facebook.com/LindseyElseyCeramics

For more information about Clemson University Ceramics, go to:

http://www.clemson.edu/caah/art/

and

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Clemson-U-Ceramics/117229858339056

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