621 Gallery Presents
Collecting The Narrative
an exhibition by Tiffany Leach & Kathryn Wiggins
January 4 – January 27, 2018
Opening Reception | January 5, 6-9 PM
Soft Opening | January 4, 6:30 PM
Artist Statement for Tiffany Leach:
This body of work is empowered by the associations of cultural influence in terms of relationships, language and the exploration of journey. The traditional use of the vessel as a means of containment is a starting point for the works. A vessel is a relatable object for human interaction; it often draws the viewer into the piece to explore the possibility of inner forms and elements of unknown. The vessels and forms are hybrids of figurative shapes, animal traits and horizon lines reminiscent of the southern landscape. This creates a scale that offers a perspective of both the intimacy and vastness of an environment, and relationships. This body of work is about physical and emotional relationships, conversations and thoughts and the social persona we project as individuals searching for connections to a larger body. The medium of ceramics lends itself to the mission of this work through historical references and the tactile nature of the material. The clay has a unique way of capturing a moment of the artist touch and essence into the permanence of an object. The objects of this body of work strive to be narrative in nature but allow for the viewer to find their own story and reflective moment.
Artist Statement for Kathryn Wiggins:
This body of work is derived from landscapes, with interest in geology and man-made rock structures. The natural pebbles weathering daily, the ancient stacked stones that continue to settle, and the grand rock formations slowly moving with the earth’s crust all speak to the human experience of relationships. The daily wear of ourselves against others, how we affect one another, support each other, and how the lasting relationships deepen and settle into one unit all express what it means to relate to one another as humans. These ideas are presented through color: the red and black forms repeat throughout as “main characters,” like a story about a close relationship, but in no particular order. The oil pastel medium gives the forms a textured, solid, rock-like appearance. Lines meander throughout, connecting the forms and giving them expression. All the drawings are oil pastel and charcoal on oil paper.