Where You Lead, 2012
Glazed porcelain 5” x 5” x ¾
Hear and There, 2012
Glazed porcelain 5” x 7” x ¾”
Together Again, 2013
Glazed porcelain 5 ½” x 8” x ¾”
I Will Follow, 2013
Glazed porcelain 5” x 7” x ¾”
Glazed porcelain. Installation dimensions. 7” x 54” x 3”
Inspired by the figures of two children dancing among a tide of beleaguered grownups in Lorado Taft’s 1920 “Fountain of Time” on the edge of Washington Park on the South Side of Chicago. Thirteen figures cast from a cloth-bodied child doll, prance across a wall at floor level. Two mimic the poses of Taft’s dancing children; others echo poses found in photos of displaced children dancing in unlikely circumstance around the world. Apparently oblivious to human struggle, dismissed and yet underfoot, they tug toward the future.
Home Sick, 2011
Sterling silver, bronze, porcelain, cast iron, sheet lead
48 dental castings each approx. 1 ¼ ” x 2 ½” x 2″
Iron chair 32.5″x16.5″x17.5″; iron bags @ approx. 11″x5″x3″; lead plaques 3″x5″
Home Sick, a retrospective installation, presented a complete collection of forty-eight pair of metal dental casts, each resting on an individual porcelain niche-shelf. The casts chronicle the falling out and growing in of a pair of siblings’ teeth over a seven-year period. The sister’s collection of teeth, cast in silver, is called Tooth for a Tooth; the brother’s, cast in bronze, is called Cheek by Jowl. The teeth are souvenir relics serving as a memoir and memorial of childhood from a mother’s perspective. The maternal self-portrait, I Would Look Back, a cast iron chair standing askew with one leg lifted on two cast iron lunch bags, accompanied the collection of teeth. The installation closed with eighty-eight sheet lead plaques in two piles, one for each sibling, preserving an opaque record of their days spent home sick in the course of a year when they were very young.
Cheek by Jowl, 2008 Sterling silver, bronze, unglazed porcelain 12 archival inkjet prints 12″ x 18″ / 24 dental castings each approx. 1 ¼ ” x 2 ½” x 2″ / porcelain shelves 4½” x 2¾” x 2″ / installation dimensions variable
“SOHO20 Artists Inc. d.b.a. SOHO20 Gallery is a non-profit artist-run organization that has been promoting the work of women artists since 1973. The organization was founded by a group of 20 women artists in New York City intent on achieving professional excellence in an industry sorely lacking in opportunities for women. Since its inception the gallery has been a voice for marginalized artists, fostering growth through opportunities and resources.”
Soho20 Gallery 1973-2013: Celebrating 40 Years of Supporting Women Artists The 40th anniversary catalogue of SOHO20 Gallery includes organizational history from 1973 to 2013, archive, photographs reproductions, press clippings reproductions, past and present artists members’ works.
Free admission (all visitors, all hours)
SOHO20 Chelsea presents “Without Irreverence,” new ceramic sculpture by Monica Bock. In To the Light House, Virginia Woolf suggests that, “A mother and child may be reduced to a shadow without irreverence.” Woolf’s novel of reconciliation, built on memories of familial loss and regeneration, is the initial inspiration for Monica Bock’s recent sculptural work using hand-altered glazed porcelain slip castings of a mother-daughter pair of early-twentieth century style dollhouse figures. Striking poses based on iconic temple acrobats, sky goddesses and divas, or succumbing to the weight of their own skins, Bock’s mothers and daughters dance en masse and gather in small conversations across the gallery walls, at once bound by and set free from the consequences of their intimacy.