The Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts Presents:
Jennifer Brazelton * Joseph Kowalczyk * Fred Yokel
Reception for the Artists
Saturday, February 2nd 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Show dates: February 2nd – March 10th
Islands of Resilience Series
The results of the last presidential election left me desperately seeking ways to escape the onslaught of sexism, racism, and non-stop drama. The process of making these porcelain islands was calming and helped me to escape reality for a while. The first series, Escape Islands evolved into the proactive Islands of Resistance, and have now become Islands of Resilience. These new works are intended to inspire and support a long-term sustained resilience. The pieces in this series are infused with the power of inner strength, community connection, and self-compassion required for a long term sustained resistance.
“When I was a child around the age of 6 or so, I remember one day my father began repainting the interior walls of our home. Before work began, he humorously painted a great big smiley face on my wall… directly over my bed. It terrified me! I’m not sure why it scared me so much. I remember the smiley face had no personality, no portrayal of maliciousness; it was just two dots and an inverted arch. My father immediately painted a fresh layer of paint to cover the face, but STILL I was scared. I knew that although the face was covered up, it was still there, smiling; hiding underneath this new layer of paint.
Over 20 years later I can recall that childhood fear, and I find it fascinating. The fear obviously wasn’t based on any legitimate threat; it was completely inside my head. I can’t help but to consider the fears I hold today, and how they might influence my decisions. It brings me to question, which fears are legitimate, and which ones are just smiley faces. And furthermore, how did they get there?”
Lately I have been interested in replicating textures that look like wood in clay. I’ve been experimenting with various carving and coloring techniques that will hopefully fool the viewer into thinking the pieces are actually made of wood. I like the old weather tree look and driftwood surfaces and have been trying to mimic them in clay. I use underglazes and multiple firings to achieve the look.