Gone to Seed - Big 'Un by Aaron Calvert
Stoneware clay, underglaze
Aaron Calvert and Susan Chambers: Gone to Seed
Trinity Gallery: May 14 – August 22
The phrase “gone to seed” usually implies that something is past its prime. Commercial agriculture deems flawed fruit and vegetables useless, no longer profitable, or spoiled. With this in mind, Gone to Seed may seem like a strange exhibit title; Susan Chambers portrays every plant in orderly perfection, and Aaron Calvert forms each wild animal sculpture with intention and care. But beneath the thrilling flash of saturated colors and ornate surface designs, you will discover thoughtful consideration of our complex connection to plants, animals, and other living creatures. Aaron and Susan investigate the hybrid environment we all inhabit: an overlapping patchwork of manicured lawns and uncultivated terrain, simultaneously subdued and untamed. The subjects of their artworks subtly communicate our profound entanglement with the natural world, and the importance of (at least occasionally) relinquishing control and allowing things to go to seed. Flawless flowers inevitably shatter and wilt; unblemished fruit eventually shrivels and rots; but seeds always emerge as a promise of continuity and renewal.
Aaron Calvert is a Professor of Art at Henderson State University, and Susan Chambers worked as an Arkansas art educator for many years before retiring to pursue painting full-time.
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