Ellen Schön’s solo exhibition (Re)Generation features a new series of ceramic totems. Originally inspired by her daughter’s pregnancy, the series evolved during the artist’s residency at the Guldagergaard International Ceramics Research Center in Skaelskor, Denmark.
Schön’s practice has embraced the capacity of ceramic vessels to evoke the gesture and stance of the human figure. Now departing from the vessel tradition (though indebted to it), these totems simultaneously explore the limits of abstraction, express contemporary feminist sensibilities, and
reference archaic fertility figures such as Cycladic idols and the Venus of Willendorf. “The idea of regeneration affirms our connection to the past, while discovering what we carry forward,” Schön explains. Harbingers of an unknown future, the totems simultaneously sing out and quietly listen, beseeching each other and us. Only the next generation will know whether their message is hopeful or dystopian.
First Friday Reception:
March 6, 2020
Artist Talks, Poetry Reading & Performance:
Saturday, March 21, 4:30- 6:30PM
Wednesday – Sunday 11AM- 5PM and by appointment