Animism Manufactured: Sacred Narratives in Clay by Bonilyn Parker December 1, 2023 through January 27, 2024
Exhibit runs through 2024-01-30
Animism Manufactured: Sacred Narratives in Clay by Bonilyn Parker | December 1, 2023–January 27, 2024
Opening Reception: Friday, December 1, 2023 | 4–7pm
Bonilyn Parker is an artist born and raised in Alaska who uses the medium of clay to explore the importance of hand-made objects in an “increasingly disposable world.” Influenced by contemporary issues associated with waste, commercial manufacturing, and practices such as repurposing, recycling, and the DIY movement, Parker utilizes disposable items to construct her pottery pieces.
“My current body of work is made from layers of torn and cut sections of porcelain slabs impressed with textures from disposable items such as newspaper, bubble wrap and cardboard, resembling ghosts of the items we leave behind. I assemble the pieces in a way that is reminiscent of scraps of fabric that might be found in a patchwork quilt. Careful placement of slip cast and press molded sections of single use items such as plastic bottles, styrofoam containers, and aluminum cans collaged with care for treatment of the seams suggest ideas of repurposing, mending, and resourceful use of a byproduct,” states Parker.
Parker’s new exhibition represents a continuation of a body of work she began while researching her Master of Fine Arts thesis in graduate school. She hopes her new work will convey a sense of hope and progress. “Through my playfully constructed pottery forms I seek to express the hopeful and progressive energy that I see in the changing world around me; the magic feeling that comes from creative repair.”
Exhibition pieces will be for sale and may be picked up after the end of the show beginning Monday, January 29th, 2024. Additional ceramic pieces created by the artist will be available for immediate purchase through the museum store.