The Columbia Museum of Art presents the next Artist Salon with Virginia Scotchie, ceramics artist and head of ceramics at the USC Department of Art, at the Museum on Friday, September 5, 2014, at noon. This year, the CMA placed an installation of Scotchie's work entitled Columbia Spheres, consisting of 27 colorful spheres, on display in the entrance of the Dubose-Poston Reception Hall. She discusses the installation and her artistic process.
"The sphere has been a form that I have worked with off and on for the past nine years," says Scotchie. "Its illusive simplicity, economy, and boundless visual associations permit me to work with the sphere in many ways. I respond to the minimal nature and play/humor quality of the sphere. I should also mention that I have three children and the plethora of toys, specifically balls, abounds in my everyday world. 'Play' is significant in this artwork!"
In Columbia Spheres, the sphere is used to create a minimalist repetition through the use of form, color, and arrangement. Within this visual repetition Scotchie pulls the viewer closer to inspect each sphere as they approach the installation. The juxtaposition of color and texture serves to separate, and at the same time, unite each sphere. The colors used for this installation represent Columbia's abundance of lush nature and blue sky.
Scotchie's sphere installations are found in the permanent public collections of the Yingee Ceramic Museum in Taipei, Taiwan; The Trinity Building in Charlotte, N.C.; A Loft in Asheville, N.C., Queens University in Charlotte, N.C., as well as in numerous private collections in the U.S. and Europe. She currently has a year-long exhibition at the South Carolina State Museum.
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