Michelle Stevens, BA Senior Exhibition in Ceramics

Light and Life

Second Floor Gallery, Owen Hall
October 25 – November 5, 2013
Opening Reception: Oct. 25, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Gallery Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.,  Monday – Friday
Free and open to the public

Michelle Stevens decribes, "Light and Life as a ceramic body of work that explores the calming effects of subtle lighting and organic forms. Today's society is filled with over-stimulation, fast paces, and consuming stressors. Creating with clay has allowed me a way to escape these stresses and led me to the decision of creating a body of work that can help create a tranquil environment.

In Light and Life, luminary vases and garden totems combine diffused light with aspects of nature to create a calm influence and enhance stress reducing environments. Diffused lighting has an effect on our psychological state by triggering certain emotions and can be manipulated to create a restful relaxed atmosphere. In order to create a heavier influence on the viewer I came up with the idea of combining a vase and a luminary into one piece. This not only makes for a multifunctional ware but it also allows for a more substantial impact by utilizing a space for flora and manipulated light. Like artists working in the Art Nouveau movement the pieces incorporate flowing lines and ornate organic shapes in tandem with patterns of circles, squares, and other geometric forms."