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Impermanence Opens At Rivers Studio & Gallery

Impermanence: Joy Bridy

06/30/2017 - 08/11/2017

Opening Reception

June 30th, 2017 6pm-8pm

Artist Talk: 5:30pm-6pm

Ceramic Artist Joy Bridy explores questions of permanence in our lives, including our homes, bodies, and constructs of objects and their meanings. Using native clay and weathered wood she investigates the connection with our natural environment, while recognizing that what comes from the earth will eventually return to the earth.

Bridy presents a series of dwellings with dynamic gestural qualities.

She creates these sculptures using found tree segments that are weathered into nearly a decomposed state. Clay segments are formed using clay from the ground around Bridy’s home and studio, gathered and processed, aged for at least a year, then formed into their current forms, in relationship to the trees. These forms are stable while protected, but will simply return to the ground as clay and carbon when they are allowed to reintegrate with their natural environment…as are we all.

In her work, Bridy seems to pose questions about valuing the impermanence of our lives and the world around us. She asks us to consider letting go…to play, engage the unique animal inside our own bodies, and open our eyes to the ever-changing natural world around us.

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