Northwest Florida's award-winning artist Laurel Siwicki will present her solo show "Taking Flight, Taking Root" on Saturday, September 4, 2010 at Full Circle Gallery in Ft. Walton Beach, FL. The show will feature ceramic sculptures that reflect the artist's introspection into the life journey - how we get there and where we take root.
While Siwicki, a native of Niceville, has been working on developing this show for about a year, she feels her own life journey has been preparing her for it all of her life. While the works are derived from the artist's personal experiences, they are open to individual interpretation, providing spectators with an opportunity to explore their own thoughts on taking flight and taking root. As such, symbolism plays an integral role in Siwicki's series and heavily helps her tell her story.
"Since the beginning of time, artists have been using symbols in their art to allow the viewer to infer their own meaning," Siwicki explains. "I use old and new symbols, all of which incorporate my Northwest Florida roots."
These symbols include cypress trees, dilapidated skiffs, and native birds. Siwicki's works also often include parts that look rusted or worn, which help create a sense of the passing of time, highlighting the artist's belief that journeys take time and that one ought to enjoy them.
"Too often we focus on the 'being-there,' when, if we take a moment, we will realize that the 'getting-there' is sometimes the best part," Siwicki says.
In conjunction with her show, Siwicki will offer two workshops where she will talk about her creative process and demonstrate the techniques she uses to create her enthralling works of art. For more information about the workshops, click on the links below. Journey Sculpture
September 11th - October 2nd
Four Sessions - $130
Saturday 11:00am - 1:00pm
During this workshop, students will explore their own personal journeys and learn how to turn them into a ceramic sculpture. Students will begin by discussing what a journey is and then reflect on where they have been and where they still have to go. Images from this discussion will then be used to create their explorative sculpture. Using a variety of hand building techniques, students will collage together the various aspects of their story into a work of art. Artists at any level are welcome to join the class.
November 6th & 20th
Two Sessions - $80
Saturday 11:00am - 2:00pm
During this workshop, students will create a figure while learning how to use different hand building techniques in clay. Students will have several types of figures to choose from to make- an animal or human figure, or a figure that allows them to use their self-expression. Using slap, molds, impressing, stamping, and pinching, students will create a figurative work in clay. This is a two day workshop. On the first day, students will create their figures; on the following day, they will glaze their pieces.