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Virginia Scotchie

Ceramic Sculpture

Recent work has dealt with the relationships of whole forms to that of their components.  The act of taking apart and putting back together has contributed to the accumulation of a personal library of fragmented images.  My current interest is in the exploration of new forms derived from rearranging fragments of disparate dissected objects.

 

In some of the pieces, I have "borrowed" fragments of personal objects that have been passed on to me from a family member. Usually, these are things that have only sentimental value: An old pipe of my father's, a funnel from my mother’s kitchen an old bulb from the family Christmas tree. A recent object that falls into this category is a handmade wooden tool that was fashioned by my Italian grandfather to plant his garden. Slender and pointed with a stump of a side handle this small tool fit the hand of my grandfather and served him well. For me it not only holds visual intrigue but also a connection to my memory of him and the things he loved.

 

The worn, crusty surfaces on many of the pieces are created to give a sense of how time acts to make and unmake a form. This process can be seen in both natural and manmade objects. 

 

While drawn from specific sources of interpretation, the work is primarily abstract and formal. Form, surface and color take precedent over any perceived emotional content. While the work may trigger a visual memory of familiar objects, the viewer is encouraged to have a range of interpretations.                  

About Virginia Scotchie

"Usually these are things that have sentimental value: an old pipe of my father's, a funnel from my mother's kitchen, an old bulb from the family Christmas tree."

Virginia Scotchie

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