5 – 8 pm
Tonight, Gallery V opens its new show, Kristina Stafford’s “a long way home.” – an exhibit of mixed media sculpture that incorporates clay, metal, paper, flocking, and paint in installations, wall mounted pieces, “landscapes,” and functional flower vessels. Stafford, a recent Columbia transplant, frequently works with combinations of two and three dimensional elements, and in this show, incorporates functional pieces with similar themes. “I love to make pieces that hold flowers,” she says, “the pieces are decorated objects that become even more adorned after flowers are added.”
The title of Stafford’s show references her recent move to Columbia from New York. “I asked myself what home is, or what home means,” she says. “’A long way home’ is just me feeling I have miles to travel and places to see and experiences to be had before we are home. So this show for me is about taking a look at my surroundings, reacting to them, decorating them, and sort of allowing myself to wonder where home might be next.”
The opening reception is tonight (July 19) from 5 – 8 pm, and the show runs through August 11th. Gallery V is located above Good for the Soul at 631-D Harden Street, in Five Points. See more of Stafford’s work at kristinastafford.com, and find more information about the Gallery V at facebook.com/GalleryVArt.
-- A. Boiter-Jolley
Photo credits: Kristina Stafford