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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Finding the unexpected

Two young artists at the Vermont studio residencies have taken me a bit by surprise.
Over looking the waters, my sun starved eyes slowly focused on a new addition to the rock pools. It has been raining a lot here, with intermittent spots of sunshine, but these bits of color were not here before.

They are the work of Lauren Eve Skelly, a ceramic artist. Skelly uses clay to emulate nature and has situated her pieces around the residency in ways to make your eyes open. She just received her masters degree from RISDI in May and recently served as a moderator on a panel, “MFA: is it worth all this” at NCECA. 

clay and mixed media by Skelly

Devin Balara, a visual artist (and see card), plays with nature with a decorative and fairly absurd approach, as if committing a domestic remedy or home improvement on it. Balara does “neighborhood greening”, (temporarily covering parking lots and outdoor areas with green bath rugs), and upholstery bombing, adding ruffled seat cushions to tree stumps.  From Tampa Florida, Devin is exactly half my age and she is a bad ass. 
Upholstery bombing by Balara

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