Images, clockwise: Lu, When I Think About You, Emily Irvin, Heather Molecke, Authentic Artifact, Melanie Landsittel, Bradley Weyandt, installation, Emily Irvin.
Reclaimed: process, story, material and idea brings together a group of young voices in sculpture under the idea of degrowth, an economic theory that critiques “the global capitalist system which pursues growth at all costs, causing human exploitation and environment destruction.” The eight selected artists use objects with personal and cultural significance to not only participate in, but also to recreate, engage and activate their histories. Memories and experiences are reclaimed through objects, writings, fiber, and performance. Familiar processes like collecting, assemblage, and traditional ceramic vessel building are employed to create new touchstones where each of these histories can be seen, accessed, and valued.
This exhibition marks The Sculpture Center’s commitment to serving artists no matter their career stage. The exhibition is organized by new voices in sculpture working through the SculptureX network to expand the breadth of artists we serve. The artists are graduates of Alfred University, Cleveland Institute of Art, Edinboro University, Ohio State, and West Virginia University.
SculptureX (Sculpture Exchange) is a teaching and networking platform founded in 2010 to catalyze collaborations among educational and art institutions in Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Indiana, West Virginia, western New York and western Pennsylvania and Ontario. Each year a SculptureX symposium is held to foster an “exchange” of faculty expertise in design, art education, art history, criticism and curatorial practice between regional institutions through visiting speakers, workshops, exhibitions and other events. The symposium involves a set of professional and student level juried SX exhibitions.
This year’s symposium SculptureX: SXZ 2022 is a series of free, hybrid events organized to create opportunities for Gen Z emerging artists and college students in western NY, western PA, West VA, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan and Ontario. The symposium dates are October 12-14, 2022.
More about the SculptureX 2022: XYZ Symposium here.
Melanie Landsittel is a MFA candidate at the University of Kentucky, specializing in Book and Fiber Arts. She received a BA in Visual Studies, Museum Studies and European Studies from Chatham University. Much of her work is made from reclaimed materials and revolves around regional social cultures of work and food. She also plays Harp for the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, and is deeply influenced by music throughout her practice.
Reclaimed: process, story, material and idea is presented in partnership with