Crista Matteson

 – Sept. 3rd – 26th, 2015

Hedgehog King

Hedgehog King

“Finding Humor in the Dark”

Mixed media sculpture and installation 

September 3rd-26th
Opening Reception: First Thursday Art Walk,
September 3rd; 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Artist Reception:  Sat. Sept. 19th,  5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Artist talks/demonstrations every Fri. and Sat. 12:30 – 4:30

The artist will be working in the gallery and demonstrating techniques in kiln cast glass, cast bronze and ceramics.

Artist Statement:
The impetus for this current work was the death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, one of my favorite authors. With his death I decided to read everything he’d written. This led me to realize how much I am drawn to the art of story telling. Not just the fantastical tales of the magical realist authors, but also stories of a time past by authors like Wendell Barry. As a parent, I find I am drawn to young adult fiction, coming of age stories and fairy tales, left in their original grotesque forms. I spend time listening to the many storytellers on public radio. My art career began in theater, working as a costume designer. This current series draws from all these sources for inspiration to weave together my own visual narratives. The installation piece, feels to me, much like a stage set, complete with actors, in a world of unknown flora and fauna.

The technical challenge of combining components of kiln cast lead crystal, ceramics and cast bronze is exciting to me. Each material has it’s own particular beauty and strength. New to this series, I have also added textiles and significantly increased the scale. Working with figures that are up to life size allowed me to linger on in the details. The figure sculpting process was often slow and thoughtful working from a model or photographs. The botanicals were completely spontaneous, without a definite plan other than gathering interesting leaves from my garden and pressing them into the clay. I enjoyed working in these two contrasting methods.

My hope is to create work that has a visually intriguing impact on the viewer, an impact that stands up to the illusive nature of the narrative.