S. C. Rolf
I make one-of-a kind functional objects that are meant to be used daily. The routine of life is often filled with beauty that is missed or passed over. My work celebrates the daily routine of eating, drinking, storing and pouring.
Beautiful objects have the power to trigger thoughts and emotions. Interesting and beautiful clay pots do this for me because they are made of mud, and mud leaves a trail and a record of the makers touch, capturing his or her ideas at the moment of making. Pots additionally deal with containment. This containment relates to use, the body, volume, space and even containment of ideas as metaphor. Layering of wet clay over leather-hard clay is similar to the transformation of a landscape, such as an eroding riverbed.
The prairie founded my sense of space and rhythm, and my animistic sensibilities. I have collections of things from the natural world and things people have handled in their everyday lives: bones, buttons, birchbark and bottlecaps; sticks, stones, scissors and silverware; crutches, nutshells, neckties and knickknacks.
I taught myself to make mixtures--crude unions of this and that. I often feel like a 10-year-old kid as I work, combining things that somehow resonate one with another. A West African shaman told me that my personal healing resides in this process, and I have come to believe that. My products range from silly to sacramental. I stand by them. They are disclosures.
The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2017 2nd Quarter Exhibition, curated by Kraig Thayer Rasmussen.