Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah; the Indian pots and baskets with their sumptuous forms and meticulous designs; the jewellery, and blankets full of life and colour; the ever-changing hues of the sky, mountains, mesas, buttes and desert landscape of the American Southwest. This is my inspiration; clay is my canvas.
My work is about contrasts; contrasts in landscape with hard and smooth textures; contrasts in patterns, combining rigid and round, soft designs; contrasts in form, hard-edged and soft, full-bellied pots; contrasts in colour, shiny black surfaces on which brilliant or subtle, shiny or matte-patterned designs are applied. I want each piece to reflect its earthly origins.
The Southwest comes to Queen Street West
by Marlene Walker, June 17, 2017
‘Explorations’ via ceramic art and ‘Traces of Memory’ through painting are a special treat at the David Kaye Gallery.
Carol Rossman and Marjorie Moeser are visiting artists this month joining forces in their love of the Southwest. Though working independently, their work complements each other.
I have known Carol and her work for forty years, through the early stages until her maturing work as an internationally known ceramic artist. Her current work includes a new rendering of her ‘corn maidens chapter’, which were large pieces that in their raw stage captured the power of her imagination. The new maidens are elegant jewels, smaller in stature but rapturous in their exquisite designs.
Marjorie’s work is a template of powerful colours, which she uses in harmony with the landscapes engraved into her memory. Her largest painting, seemingly hidden with intent, around the corner of the gallery, is a dynamic pastoral with strong yellows and unrelenting purple tones, with hidden gems. This pièce de résistance captivated me, drawing me back to it over and over again.
Carol also has secret treasures in her bowls, so just make sure you look deep inside to discover their subtleties or golden glow. Her newest creations are what I call ‘smushy rocks’, an oxymoron to be sure, but these rock-like forms have soft lines. Like her bowls, the designs are exquisite and often jewel-like. Unlike her bowls, which are thrown on a wheel, these hand-built pieces simultaneously exhibit qualities of hardness and softness. I look forward to chapter 2 of ‘smushy rocks’ that Carol indicated is already in the works, at least in her creative mind.
Thank you Carol and Marjorie for sharing your talent and love of the Southwest.