Lyndsey Roberts: BFA Exhibition in Ceramics

Nephology

Lyndsey Roberts, BFA Senior Exhibition in Ceramics

When: April 15 - May 17, 2016
Where: 
Highsmith Art and Intercultural Gallery
Opening Reception: Friday, April 15, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Gallery Hours: 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. Monday - Saturday, 12:00 pm. - 6:00 p.m. Sunday
All events are free and open to the public
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Artist Statement: Nephology

The psychology of art is contemplated and defined in many ways. Questioning what makes art the powerful thing it is can be tied to the psychological search for artistic meaning. Art becomes cathartic when the process reveals hidden feelings and emotions. The series In Search of What Was uses catharsis as a discovery of nostalgia for childhood and its wonders. Through the use of symbolism of spheres and spirals, as well as the inspiration of fractal patterning, the artist uses clay to throw orbs that differ in size, then clusters them together in staggering numbers to represent feelings of loss of imagination felt upon growing up. This collection is the artist’s catharsis for the nostalgia of childhood. Mysterious for its association with round objects such as the far off planets, secrets held by a crystal ball, and the protective shell of an egg, the orb is used in this series to rekindle lost feelings of imagination and a sense of protection felt as a child. Compulsive groupings are made, alluding to the need to answer the mysteries of life, while the repeated use of the globular forms shows importance and therefore a higher meaning or purpose. The use of repetition creates a sense of calmness and familiarity associated with the ease of childhood that is often lacking in the fast pace of an adult life. Together these elements recreate the artist’s lost feelings of intrigue, imagination, and playfulness felt as a child.