CLAY WORKS2010An Exhibition of Clay SculpturesSandra CarrRita Ruth CockrellRichard LundSeptember 16-21, 2010
80808 Gallery808 Lady StreetColumbia, SC 29201-3104Opening ReceptionFriday Sept. 17, 20105-9 pmMeet the ArtistsIf you have any question please call954-812-8342The Carolinas have a long history and tradition of artistS who work with clay.This exhibition Clay Works 2010 features three contemporary artistS wholive and work in South Carolina:Sandra CarrRita Ruth CockrellRichard Lund.Each of the artist use clay as a sculpting medium. Rather than make functional pieces, they use clay as a medium for personal expression.Each has a distinctive style. They create sculptures with conceptual meaning, taking the viewer past the decorative to a more emotional experience.Artist Statements:Sandra Carr
Clay represents healing for me as an artist. It has been forgiving, stable and has the capacity tochange when altered by outside influences. All characteristics I admire and strive for. Sculptingfigurative pieces allows me to tell a story in my work or communicate a feeling. It speaks for mewhen I choose not to.Rita Ruth Cockrell
Born and raised in South Carolina, I love this place, every road side weed, every red clay road,leopard clay bank, shadow of white sand. After traumatic event with myself, my mother and authorities,I began working in any medium that came my way, always going toward the inside to go outside.Believing that if I can be good enough, some aspect of truth or beauty would help me understand thateven if I can't get there, the glimmering of the source comforts me.Richard LundI moved to Columbia South Carolina two and a half years ago. Shortly after I arrivedI joined the City of Columbia Arts Center studio which began my working with clay.I have been an artist many years creating paintings, photographs and sculptures but claywas a new exciting medium for me. Sculpting in clay offers me a seductive tactileexperience that other mediums can not give. As I mold, move and pinch the clay withmy hands it allows me to easily release my ever changing imagination and ideasrealizing them in three dimensions.