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In the Garden Exhibition at the Morean Center for Clay

17 Jun 2020, Posted by Robin McGowan in Uncategorized

The Morean Center for Clay at 420 22nd Street South in St. Petersburg is continuing its traditional series of exit solo exhibitions for this year’s class of Artist-in-Residence.

The free galleries at the Morean Center for Clay in the heart of Warehouse District will feature the work of Artist-in-Residence Katie Fee thru June 30. The Clay galleries are FREE to the public and open Tuesday thru Saturday from between 10 am and 5 pm. The galleries are closed on Sundays and Mondays. Guest are asked to wear facial masks and to observe social distancing protocols.

In the Garden was created while the artist and her creative partner Daniel Lloyd Webber were in quarantine this past spring. “We are all in turbulent waters of the same storm, but we’re not in the same boat. ‘In The Garden’ is in many ways, an account of one two-person boat: it expresses the contents of our days over the past few months,” said Fee. “Facing city-wide lock down and physical distancing, Daniel and I were fortunately able to invest pent up energy into our community garden.  Attendance, observation, cultivation, and harvest from our garden bed became foundations of each day.  This fruitful daily labor felt somehow metaphoric to our suddenly impaired studio practices: the garden balances wildlife and sublime nature on structural foundations of geometric beds, daily pruning, and control. My work incorporates expressive mark and frenetic movement into the sturdy architecture of functional pots.  Daniel’s paintings balance muscular, loose brush strokes on well mapped, acutely observed representational space.  The work that we’ve produced is the culmination of our quarantine- extended meditation in oil paint as each bed grows, and clay constructed vessels to elevate and propagate our garden’s growth.”

Fee’s work traditionally addresses the intersection between geologic force and intimate function. She draws inspiration from her undergraduate studies in geology and memories of working, cooking and exploring on her grandparent’s farm in the wetlands of South Carolina. Fee, completing her second year of residency at the Morean Center for Clay, has been featured in national and international juried shows, invitations, and Ceramics Monthly magazine.

The Morean Center for Clay is also home to over 50 working clay artists who operate from studios in the retrofitted freight train station constructed in 1926. Gallery visitors can explore the shelves of artists creations for sale in addition to seeing the gallery exhibitions. The center gallery is currently featuring the Jonah Fleeger: That’s so Jewish exit exhibition.

All guests are encouraged to wear face masks and will be asked to observe social distancing practices.

 

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