January heralds the return of artist Priscilla Roggenkamp, with her engaging fabric vessels and sculptures.
For the January gallery hop, Priscilla will perform with her band Rock, Salt and Nails, on gallery hop evening, Saturday, January 5, from 6-8 pm. No admission fee, although tips will go directly to the band to support their endeavors.
Priscilla statement regarding the vessels: "Buckets are functional. They are containers to be filled and a means of transporting the practical ‘stuff’ needed for many of life’s tasks. My bucket forms are functional objects designed to reference the human form. Carrying and transporting the stuff of life, we are vessels. We carry things like our DNA and other aspects of our nature. We carry habits and temperaments, aspects that may be of our nurture. We carry hurts and slights that we hold on to, and joys and memories that we reflect upon. Our vessel-selves contain and store much as we traverse life.
In forming these works I choose processes that utilized a small substance, a thread or a wire, to create a large form. From fisherman’s nets to the finest silk, the idea of creating form from thread is vast and connects all cultures and peoples. As each form took shape through multiple stitches, knots and rows, another essential element important to my work is time. Time, care, a slowness of purpose, repetition and large doses of patience were ingredients of each form. For me, these processes also connect us humans to the vessel forms. We fill our containers slowly, over time, sometimes with careful regard, sometimes not. But whether purposefully or apathetically the vessel gets filled. In relationship to my artwork, the deliberateness with which these buckets forms are made causes me to reflect on the deliberateness with which I would like to live my life, aware of each stitch, paying attention to the details. May it be so."
She will also show her "Keepers of the Faith" fabric sculptures. I liken these forms to an Appalachian form of the burka.