Saratoga Clay Arts Center’s Schacht Gallery presents Don’t Get Lost, a solo exhibition featuring the abstract organic sculpture and functional works of SCAC 2018-19 Artist-in-Resident Candice Klipfel. The exhibition opens Saturday, July 20 with a reception from 5-7pm and runs through August 10, 2019.
Saratoga Clay Arts Center’s Artist in Residency program offers emerging artists who have just received their BFA or MFA the time and space to develop their artistic voice in clay. While enhancing their knowledge and experience in a working studio environment, residents are expected to work to develop a strong and cohesive body of work, have a visible presence in the studio and interact with members of the clay community and the public. Each September, fresh talent enters the community and offers them their unique perspectives in clay while they learn the inner workings of running an arts business.
About her work, Klipfel states “I am fascinated by the way human beings often shape one another through shared experiences and everyday interaction. No matter the type of relationship or experience, influence is present and powerful. As people are moldable and influential, clay, as a medium, only further communicates this notion. Clay, like us, has a memory and it undoubtedly responds to and records the influences it experiences.
“Within this work, I find myself exploring points of contact, cause and effect, as well as organic biomorphic forms. Within these aspects of my work, I aim to imply an inner conflict through the use of contrasting shapes and surfaces. By using the technique of coiling and over-pinching the clay to create these manipulated forms, I also aim to portray the ever-present battle between perfection and imperfection, as well as evoke feelings of searching, toiling, and overall struggle within each piece.”
Candice Klipfel is a ceramic artist from Fort Lauderdale, Florida where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). She continued the following year at FAU as a Post Baccalaureate student while working as FAU’s Ceramic Studio Technician. For the past year she has been a resident artist at Saratoga Clay Arts Center where she has been assisting in studio maintenance, interacting with the community members, as well as further developing her body of work.