These are photos of the temporary, small installation that I designed for a family camping event at the Phinizy Swamp. Several kids and a mom helped me. We selected a tree just off the boardwalk at the Raingarden trail, we spread swamp clay around the base of the tree, then we gathered and placed 2 kinds of leaves around the tree. At the end we put in a circle of unripe blackberries. The whole thing should biodegrade quickly on its own.
I was looking at a lovely wildflower (weed?) out at the swamp, and was amazed by its delicate structure.
I used some color in this drawing to try to show the structure of the flower.
I've started a new drawing project with the Phinizy Center for Water Sciences - the Phinizy Swamp Nature Park. It's pretty simple: I take a walk out there, notice something, draw it. Then the Phinizy Center posts the drawing and a photo on their Facebook page. These entries have been appearing for a couple of months now. I thought I would also show them here.
I saw a puffball mushroom on the entrance to the Butler Creek Trail. At first glance it looked like a round white puff with a slightly cracked surface. Looking closer, I saw that the surface was covered with what looked like little mountains with beaked peaks.
This is the drawing that I made:
This fall I'm having an exhibition at the Winchester Thurston School in Pittsburgh. The show is kind of a combination of installation and learning lab for art. To get a whole show into one small truck, the large paintings were made unstretched, with grommets for hanging (unstretched canvases can be rolled for transport, which saves a lot of cargo space). The gallery at the school is kind of a multipurpose room, so the teacher who runs the gallery put up the colorful traffic cones (borrowed from the PE department) so that all the various people who use the room won't run into the art. It's all been an interesting experience. The best part has been working with these extremely engaged students - they have all been a joy.
For specific views of the paintings, view this page:
Crinoid Ropes, mixed media painting with collage elements, on board, 14 x 11 inches
Click the link for more paintings in the series.
I've been exploring imagery for the painted portion of an installation I'm building - the installation will go to the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery in March.
The installation that has been in process since my residency at the Vermont Studio Center was completed by its installation in an exhibition as part of the NCECA national conference. NCECA stands for National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts; the conference was held in late March in Seattle. The exhibition, titled "Distillations & Eruptions", was selected as a Concurrent and Independent Exhibition as part of the conference.
To see more photos of the installation, go to the Game Pieces page on this site: http://www.priscillahollingsworth.com/game-pieces.html
To learn more about the Distillations & Eruptions exhibition, try this site:
The exhibition included installation works by 4 additional artists.This was a monster project, more than a year and a half in the organizing. Besides all of the gathering of artists' names for consideration, there was the application process through the conference, a real roller coaster ride of waiting for NCECA to find a good venue (they did), and then an application process to propose a panel discussion at the conference that amplified themes from the exhibition (we were fortunate to have that come through, also).
I'm finishing a month as an artist-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center. Howard Romero is doing a project in which he photographs every resident who's willing, at the end of every month. Here's mine:
This is one of my first video editing attempts, so please forgive the technical shortcomings:
This was a performance on October 5, 2011 at the Maxwell Performing Arts Theater in Augusta, GA. It was part of the Westobou Festival. Carl Purdy and I collaborated to make a performance that combined art and music. Carl wrote the music, I made the sculpture, and we collaborated on making some sculptures that were playable as instruments.
Thanks to Sarah Barney Fletcher for taking these photos. Thanks to Rob Foster (flute and shakuhachi),Elizabeth Grant (soprano), Larry Millen (keyboard), Don Cleary (percussion and keyboard), Travis Shaw (bass) for playing with us. Thanks to the Porter Fleming Foundation for a helpful grant. Thanks to the Santa Fe Art Institute for an artist's residency that helped me think and make some of these objects. Thanks to Santa Fe Clay for providing firing access for some of the clay work. Thanks to the Augusta State University Music Department for sponsoring the performance.
This was our first performance of this type. Now the question is, where do we go from here?
Priscilla Hollingsworth, artist.