SUMMER EXHIBITION: Domestic Pleasures June 23-July 28

I always wonder how artists live and how “home” influences their work. All of these artists (except for Ivan) work in home studios and are influenced and inspired by the domestic sphere. There are eye catching rag rugs by Lars Jensen and his hand-knit lace shawl waiting for someone to put it on. Domestic scenes painted by Shelley Turley are alluring yet haunting, daring us to look deeper at what seems familiar and normal. Ivan Carmona’s ceramic sculptures reinterpret familiar domestic objects, taking us closer to these daily things. Hazel Miller’s painting reminisces about the past in this still life that speaks to the rituals and comfort of home. Finally, Christopher St. John’s pedestal cups of spiked glazes make us very aware of the cup we hold.

In the 1991 MoMA exhibition, Terrors and Pleasures of Domestic Comfort, curator Peter Galassi suggests, “Artists began to photograph at home not because it was important, in the sense that political issues are important, but because it was there - the one place that is easier to get to than the street. After they had worked for a while, many also realized that the overlooked opportunity was also a rich one, full of uncharted mysteries.”

This idea of domesticity is close to my heart. I began collecting dishes as a 12 year old, curated my home settings before I had a home and love the kitchen as a work place. But as a working mother, I sometimes feel conflicted by the obligations of running a home, family and my small business all at the same time. I also feel guilty about having a home when so many people don’t. Every day I watch the women walk by my studio en route to the day shelter down the block. Yet even some people I know that have a beautiful home are still feeling depressed and isolated. We are a society out of balance.

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