March 27 – May 22, 2020
Dual opening receptions, Friday, March 27 at 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. with Chelsea A! Flowers
My artistic practice takes the form of installations, discreet ceramic objects and performative video. Within my sculptures, assemblages of posed geometric forms, printed curtains and steel armatures build physical and metaphorical spaces that reference surreal, domestic landscapes. These thematic tableaus serve as a ground for experiencing the performative presence of sculptural objects. The subjects I choose to employ in my work relate to my ongoing research into historical superstitions and American folklore. This research is driven by my interest in linking the agency of objects with the human body as catalyst. I am in pursuit to find the potential in a solitary lemon, to discover what hides within a mirror, and experience the misfortune of a single burning candle. Through this inquiry, I hope to find answers to the irrational, unknowable and blurry future.
Emily Duke earned her MFA from The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University (2016) and an undergraduate degree in Crafts from the College for Creative Studies (2009). Duke continually exhibits her work in group and solo shows in Detroit, Cleveland, Kansas City and Philadelphia. She has participated in residencies at Ox-Bow School of Art, Red Star Studios, Chulitna Lodge Research Institute and the Center for Holographic Arts. Duke was named an Emerging Artist of 2013 by Ceramics Monthly Magazine. While her studio endeavors are primarily rooted in the ceramic process, her completed work encompasses multi-material installations, hybridized ceramic objects and performative video.
Visit Emily Duke’s website.
The Sculpture Center
1834 E. 123rd Street
Cleveland, OH 44106