ARTISTS AND CURATOR CONVERSATION: SHAPING MEMORIES: EXPRESSIONS IN CLAY¬
ARTISTS AND CURATOR CONVERSATION: SHAPING MEMORIES: EXPRESSIONS IN CLAY
Thursday, January 27, 2022
Free Virtual Event
Join Alison Byrne, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Education for a conversation with Shaping Memories: Expressions in Clay artists Jiha Moon, Ehren Tool, and Pattie Chalmers. The artists will discuss their work on view at Virginia MOCA.
Jiha Moon creates ceramic sculptures, paintings, and mixed media inspired by a cross-pollination of influences including Eastern and Western art history, popular culture, folk art, product labels, and technology. Moon received her MFA from the University of Iowa and her BFA from Korea University in Seoul, Korea. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Asia Society, New York City; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. Her work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions at notable museums nationwide including at the Mint in Charlotte and the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro. She is currently a lecturer of painting and drawing at Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.
Ehren Tool is an artist and Marine Corps veteran who makes cups in clay on the potter’s wheel and embellishes them with images and symbols of warfare and violence. Tool joined the Marine Corps in 1989. He was honorably discharged as a Sergeant after five years of active duty. Tool received his MFA from the University of California, Berkeley and BFA from the University of Southern California. He has exhibited his cups at the Oakland Museum of California, the Craft and Folk Art Museum, the Berkeley Art Center, the Bellevue Arts Museum, and The Clay Studio among others. He was featured on the PBS program Craft in America highlighting veterans in the arts.
Pattie Chalmers explores the power of ordinary objects to hold memories of people, places, and events. Chalmers grew up in Winnipeg, Canada. She received a BFA in printmaking from the University of Manitoba and an MFA in ceramics from the University of Minnesota. Chalmers exhibits nationally and internationally including Hunter College, New York; Peters Valley School of Craft, New Jersey; American Museum of Ceramic Art, Los Angeles, CA; and Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS. She is an associate professor of art and the head of ceramics at Southern Illinois University School of Art and Design.
SHAPING MEMORIES: Expressions in Clay
The power of memory is immeasurable. Individual recollections are the building blocks of our sense of self, while collective memories help define our culture. In this exhibition, six artists use clay to explore formative moments in their lives as well as stories passed down through generations, inviting viewers to consider both the uniqueness of every individual and our shared identities.