“re:growth” features work by Cori Champagne, Jane Gordon, Coral Penelope Lambert, and Kristen Tordella-Williams, curated by Amy Joy Hosterman of ArtShape Mammoth. This exhibition is a conversation around the relationship our bodies have with our natural world, regarding survival, consciousness, and an intimate and complicated bond with material. While positing consequences of overconsumption and waste production, these artists also consider their passion for understanding and connecting with natural materials. As makers of objects and careful observers of their world, they contemplate their roles in the evolution of their changing environments. They demonstrate cycles of life, death, upheaval, and regrowth, and considering the parallels between their bodies, their labors, and their environments, they dig deeper toward an understanding of balance, a celebration of growth, and survival in spite of environmental uncertainty.
Cori Champagne is a sculpture and installation artist working in Boston. She holds a dual-BFA in Sculpture and in Glass from Massachusetts College of Art + Design, and an MFA from Maine College of Art. Cori has exhibited work all over the US: independently, and in collaboration with the Bunny Sandwich Collective, receiving grants from the Puffin Foundation and The Barbara Deming Fund. Cori has extensive teaching and curriculum development experience in several Boston colleges. Currently, she is adjunct faculty at Boston Architectural College where she teaches in the Foundation Studios program in the School of Architecture, and is involved in City Studio project, which aims to create and protect studio spaces for creative professionals in Boston.
Jane Gordon completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She moved to Albuquerque to earn her MFA at the University of New Mexico, focusing on the Art & Ecology Area and participating in the Land Arts of the American West program. Coming from the “land of 10,000 lakes” to the high desert was a huge shift, and provided as many challenges as it did inspirations, and it has had strong resonances in her art practice. Jane considers her strong work ethic one of the most important facets of her personality, but is learning to honor relaxing as a necessity for a fulfilling and productive life. Jane is currently teaching ceramics as adjunct faculty at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
Coral Penelope Lambert is internationally recognized for large scale cast metal sculpture. Born and raised in the UK she studied sculpture with leading figures in the field and over the past 25 years has utilized the foundry as her laboratory to explore the process of ‘Speeding up the work of nature’. Her work responds to metals rich history in myth and mining, playing with its weight, permanence and flux. She is Associate Professor of Sculpture at Alfred University in Upstate New York where she also directs the National Casting Centre Foundry. Her work can be seen in many prestigious exhibitions and collections around the world including the Barbican Center, London, Franconia Sculpture Park, MN, Salem Art Works, NY, Pirrkala Sculpture Park in Finland, HuiAn, China, The National Metals Museum in Memphis, Governors Island, Manhattan, and Salem Castle, Germany. Her most recent Fire + Iron Earthworks ‘Volcano Furnace’ are sited at Pedvale Sculpture Park in Lativa and Il Giardino di Daniel Spoerri in Italy. She is the recipient of awards including the Gottlieb Foundation Award, Jerome Fellowship, and the Joan Mitchell Grant.
Kristen Tordella-Williams works across media exploring imagery and sculpture generated from the performative process both individually and collaboratively. She uses performance and sculpture to investigate issues of labor, identity, gender, and memory using an array of material commonly found at hardware stores, supermarkets and recycling bins. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and has been an artist in residence at Salem Art Works, the Visitor Center, and Franconia Sculpture Park. She is an Assistant Professor of Art at Millsaps College in Jackson, MS, where she teaches drawing, digital arts, sculpture, performance art, and paper making.
The last chance to view “re:growth” will be during the closing reception on Friday, June 30 at 6 PM. Featured artist Coral Penelope Lambert will give an artist talk at 6:30. Reception is free and open to the public.