“OUTSIDE LOOKING IN”
CERAMIC WORK BY BEN AND CAROLINE BROOKS
OCTOBER 10 – NOVEMBER 10
LINCOLN CITY — The Lincoln City Cultural Center is pleased to present the work of ceramic artists Ben and Caroline Brooks, Oct. 10 through Nov. 10 in the Chessman Gallery. The opening reception for the artists will be held on Friday, Oct. 10 from 5-7 pm.
Ben transforms common functional objects including mugs, pitchers and teapots into metaphors for social interactions. Caroline’s figurative sculptures combine elements of history and nature to create fable-like tableaus. Together, “Outside Looking In” borrows ingredients from domesticity and wildness that explore fundamental emotions, dreams and visions in a Through the Looking Glass style lens.
Ben creates both functional and sculptural work in clay. With an interest in science, he enjoys the alchemy of the medium. The endless combinations of clay bodies and glaze ingredients along with firing techniques produce sometimes surprising results. He wheel-throws most of his forms and adds hand-formed elements and alterations. His functional works include nested bowls, service sets, platters and other household wares. His sculpture is drawn from clay’s functional history and the kinesthetic and psychological experience of sharing a meal.
Caroline has a background in sculpture and drawing and began working with clay in 2009. Her work has always incorporated wildlife and elements from nature as a symbolic and playful tool to explore human traits. Her recent figurative work expands on her earlier ideas and is also inspired by her Austrian heritage with the inclusion of historical and fable-like motifs.
Check out more of Ben and Caroline’s work at www.brookspottery.com.
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