Springfield, Ohio – The Wittenberg University Department of Art presents “Curios, recent works by Carrie Longley,” an exhibit of ceramic and mixed media sculptures by Wittenberg alumna Carrie Warvel Longley, class of 2004. The exhibit runs from Monday, Oct. 4 through Friday, Nov. 5, in the Ann Miller Gallery, and an Artist’s Lecture and Opening Reception is scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, in Kissell Auditorium and the Ann Miller Gallery, Koch Hall.
Longley graduated with a bachelor of arts in Studio Art with University Honors, and a minor in education from Wittenberg. She completed her master of fine arts in Ceramics in 2009 from Indiana University.
The recipient of the Emerging Craftsman Award – Ohio Designer Craftsmen in 2006 and the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District Individual Artist Fellowship in 2009, Longley was selected for the Emerging Artists: Ohio Connections exhibition earlier this year.
“The driving force behind my sculpture is the relationship of science and art,” Longley said. “Collections, categories, labels, frames, and display cases are all devices used by science and art to encourage the viewer to carefully examine precious objects and artifacts. My intention as an artist is to create a playful shifting back and forth between our traditional ideas of a scientific specimen and art object.
“I utilize the malleable characteristics of clay to create small-scale sculptures, which resemble preserved scientific specimens. The forms display warty surfaces, soft, fleshy folds and puckered openings, suggestive of organic growth. I use clay primarily for its material and technical possibilities, and its chameleon-like ability to mimic organic form and surfaces. The aesthetic characteristics of glaze allow me to achieve a surface depth similar to a membrane or skin of an organism. Although our way of seeing the natural world has dramatically advanced, the mysteries surrounding this world are ever present.”
The Ann Miller Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday when classes are in session. The public is welcome and admission is free.
Written By: Phyllis Eberts