Exhibit focuses on invasive growth, imperfection

Category:  The Arts
Friday, October 18th, 2019 at 11:24 AM
Exhibit focuses on invasive growth, imperfection by Ben McCullough
Photos: Ben McCullough

Monica Hewryk’s ceramic and sculpture work was the subject of last week’s exhibit in Bates Gallery, located in Loveland Hall.

“This body of work focuses on invasive growth. Although the physicality of growth is typically thought of as a positive phenomenon, its effects can sometimes be negative; an unwanted growth can eat away at the living things that it invades,” Hewryk wrote in her artist statement.

The gallery featured three tabletop displays with clay cups, plates and a tea pot at the center. The displays progressively deteriorate, leaving broken pieces on the tables, “pinkish” blobs and worm-like figures spreading and accumulating from table to table.

“Instead of striving to create the most perfect pieces, I seek to create beautiful pieces and then destroy parts of them in order to emphasize these concepts of imperfection, inevitability, and disease,” noted Hewryk in her statement. “I intentionally leave portions of the work visible underneath the invasive growths to portray memory, or the visual evidence of what used to be.”

There were also three other pieces showcased at the gallery, not a part of the tabletop displays.

“Self-reflection” features two glazed ceramic hearts separated by a hand mirror; the mirror has no glass in it, showing the two heart sculptures mirroring each other.

Hewryk also said in her artist statement, “The abrupt and devastating loss of both my mother and brother recently has led me to explore the expression of the negative effects that unwanted trauma has on the emotional well-being of loved ones.”

Hewryk's work can be found @mhewryk32 on Instagram.

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Photos: Ben McCullough

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