@ The University of Hawai'i at Manoa Art Gallery
February 24 – April 5, 2013
Visiting artist Phoebe Cummings uses unfired clay to create unique, temporary installations in response to each specific place or venue. Captured as a memory or photograph, her ephemeral works accentuate and contrast with the labor-intensive processes involved in its creation.
Illuminated by dramatic lighting, a cave-like environment with works evocative of stalagmites and stalactites was at the center of the plans for Phoebe Cummings: Cella, an intriguing, site-specific installation at the University of Hawai‘i Art Gallery. She began by pressing wet clay through a fine wire mesh, similar to that of a tea strainer, to produce a small mass of closely clustered strands. Hundreds of clusters were prepared and carefully connected to construct the larger forms.
Since the works are made of unfired clay, they will continue to evolve throughout the duration of the exhibition. Images and videos of the artist at work on this installation will be projected on the walls of the gallery.
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