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March 10-April 3: Porcelain sculpture exhibit

FREDERICK, Md.—A sculptural exhibition including organic, airy sculptures made of porcelain, stones, branches, moss and cloth will be on display March 10-April 3 in the Hodson Gallery at Hood College.

The “Heirlooms” exhibit by Brooke Schoolfield is a conceptual exhibition of multi-layered, intentionally vulnerable, molded porcelain ceramic canning jar forms. She uses a gestural technique of undulating brushwork designs to decorate each piece.

The porous, intentionally temporary components of these sculptures are intended to erode when exposed to wind, rain and frost, thus illustrating the mental and physical toll Alzheimer’s disease inflicted on the artist’s grandmother. In contrast, at the core of this body of work are translucent, glazed, lasting jar forms that represent lessons passed on from her grandmother and the memories the artist carries of her. Her work is almost exclusively metaphorical, as the objects she creates are not meant to last; rather, her pieces serve as a way to tell her story of acceptance, denial and hope and provide a starting point for her audience’s own reflection and introspection.

Born and raised in Indiana, Schoolfield relocated to Maryland in 2004 and has been a Hood graduate student since 2008, seeking her Master of Fine Arts degree in ceramic arts; “Heirlooms” marks the completion of her degree.

The Hodson Gallery in the Tatem Arts Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Schoolfield will explain the thinking and processes behind her work during a public lecture March 12 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. prior to a reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Lisa York, curator of the Hodson Gallery, at york@hood.edu.