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LOCATION: Plinth Gallery - 3520 Brighton Blvd

CATEGORY: Art Events

UPCOMING DATE AND TIME:

  • Fri, Apr 1, 2022 - Sat, May 28, 2022  

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For our April and May exhibition, Plinth Gallery is pleased to present the work of Virginia Scotchie with an opening reception Friday April 1 from 6pm-9pm. Scotchie is a ceramic artist and head of the ceramics department at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina. She holds a BFA in ceramics from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Master of Fine Arts from Alfred university in New York. Virginia exhibits her work extensively throughout the United States and abroad and has received numerous awards including the Sydney Meyer International Ceramics Premiere Award from the Shepparton Museum in Victoria, Australia. She has lectured internationally on her work and been an artist in residence in Taiwan, Italy, Australia, China, France and the Netherlands. Her clay forms reside in many public and private collections and reviews about her work appear in prestigious ceramic publications.

Scotchie’s ceramics are characterized by engaging forms with highly textured and bold colored surfaces. Referencing the concept of vessel, her ceramic pieces expand on the thematic nature of the vessel, transporting them into abstract yet highly relatable forms. Their, colorful and richly textured surfaces appeal to touch and feel. "The idea of taking from one object and connecting it to another through the dissection of parts and pieces is a foundation of my recent work in ceramic sculpture. Combined with this is my interest in the relation of whole forms to that of fragments. Exploration in the studio is and on-going visual investigation of man-made and natural objects. Usually these consist of small things; ordinary in many ways, but possessing and odd quirkiness that pulls me to them. In some cases I do not know the objects particular purpose, function or where it may have originated. I feel this lack of knowledge allows me to see the object in a clearer light."

Plinth Gallery Curator Jonathan Kaplan observes that “the ideas of parts and wholes in Virginia Scotchie’s work provokes questioning the very nature of a ceramic object. Whether stand-alone sculptures or multi piece installations, her ceramic pieces are a steady evolution of personal ideas of sculptural forms. Her work has a sense of presence and of occupying space that are quite compelling.”

 


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