October

Friday, October 7  •  6pm – 9pm

A Degree of Re-Construction

Join us at the Factory Works Gallery for the Opening Reception of the solo exhibit of sculptural ceramics and mixed media works by Carol Cillo on Friday, October 7, from 6-9 pm. The Factory Works Gallery is located in studio 10 on the 2nd floor. Light refreshments will be provided. The show will be up until October 28th.

The exhibit continues an examination begun in the previous “Contemplating Broken” collection, which found similarities between the broken human condition and the fragile nature of clay during the creation of ceramic pieces.

The thought process continues to delve into how we relate to one another. It continues the clay dialogue on how we came to be “formed” into the individual we have become, how others effect that formation and how we strive to constantly rebuild ourselves. It expresses how we perceive the self and the various kinds of real and imagined damages we struggle with. Ultimately, it seeks the solution for healing and a kind of reconstruction of self by the formation of clay through artistic expression.

The ceramic and mixed media pieces look at the past through women in history, art history, legend and our life experiences. Many of the pieces are accompanied by original poetry, or phrases added graphically to the piece as written words. The forms are organic shapes, alluding to our very beginnings. As the artist’s reflections go through her own female mind, many of the organic shapes begin as female forms, and look to female characters for answers.

Past reflections go back to our very origins, of creation and evolution, coming to life from the sea, seeing those early beings as having become part of our present geology, then realizing our ancient connections continue. Those ongoing battled feelings are just as active today as we continue to mirror history.

Ancient becomes as present – and little changes without reconstructing the form.

Our past reflections create avenues for reconstructing what is broken – not only in our selves, but also in the roots of society.