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A Sense of Place by Amanda Pearson and Lisa Truax


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A Sense of Place (in the Main Gallery)

Amanda Pearson and Lisa Truax

A Duo Exhibit at the Hallberg Center for the Arts

In the Underground Gallery...

Through My Eyes by Linda Hamlin

A Sense of Place featuring artists Amanda Pearson and Lisa Truax at the Hallberg Center for the Arts

About Lisa Truax

I am interested in the contrast between places such as parks and natural areas and modern ways of building and living. We have cultural ideas of beauty and the sense of the untouched associated with these places. Often, outdoor landscapes seem to be in their natural state, but are often actually created, planned, built, and maintained as part of our culture. I consider a personal sense of experience, memory, or connection to places I have lived or traveled. We think of nature as untouched and wild, and not something controlled or created by humans.

Through my work I attempt to create a sense of connection to nature in the viewer, utilizing materials collected in specific places along with topographical mapping, drawing connection to place and experience. Materials and process are important conceptual factors, as I combine traditional ceramic materials with found and sourced natural materials such as granite, clay, and sand mixed with collected refuse such as glass, metal, and waste glaze. These elements are changed through melting, flowing, and fusing together in the firing process to a different chemical state, mimicking the processes of the earth does over millennia and utilizing a sense of artifice, to visually represent abstractions of land, caves, and bodies of water, as well as simple life forms such as bacteria that may live in them. Remnants of human past can become a visible or invisible part through this process, drawing questions about nature as a built environment.

About Amanda Pearson

When I get the question of “what kind of art do you do?” my response is “I glue things ”. It catches people off-guard and there are always follow up questions, but to me it is the best way to describe how I create. There is a phrase that has stuck with me for years – “investment of the hand”. People who look at my pieces are drawn to the meticulous nature and it is common for them to react by reaching out and trying to touch the surface. The materials I use are not commonly seen in galleries, but are typically found shoved towards the back of a junk drawer or a forgotten craft bin. There is value in the mundane that my work elevates. For me, creating each piece is meditative. My work requires time, and it takes a lot of it. One of my favorite aspects of these pieces that I have made over the last few years is that they are like a journal; I can see my moods, experiences, and situations expressed over time as I moved through the creation of the image.

My art creates a permanent record – I must continually move forward with confidence, because there is little room for adjusting what was done before. My pieces capture a moment of time in spaces that I consider sacred. Using nature to represent these important moments is the best way that I have found to honor my experiences in a way that also resonates with the viewer. Every scene tells a story – I have my version and you have yours, and I hope that we can use my art to find a common thread.


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