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Kelly O'Briant

828-712-1525

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English pea pods on the vine, their bright green orbs warm in the sun. A gouged-out seed potato evolving into a plant beneath a clear blue sky. A yellow crook neck squash blossom giving way to its fruit and wilting back towards the earth. Such images, and their re-imaginings, have informed the palette of my recent porcelain work.

Since my return to the farm in Julian, North Carolina where I grew up, I have begun to revisit the sensory experiences of my childhood with adult eyes. My work explores the area between remembered moments and present perceptions, and the places where ima...

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English pea pods on the vine, their bright green orbs warm in the sun. A gouged-out seed potato evolving into a plant beneath a clear blue sky. A yellow crook neck squash blossom giving way to its fruit and wilting back towards the earth. Such images, and their re-imaginings, have informed the palette of my recent porcelain work.

Since my return to the farm in Julian, North Carolina where I grew up, I have begun to revisit the sensory experiences of my childhood with adult eyes. My work explores the area between remembered moments and present perceptions, and the places where imagination overwhelms memory. The aesthetic truth forged by these reckonings is found in a host of new images—almost recognizable to me, but not quite—that have surfaced as I reconcile past and present.

Meditation on the ritual of family meals throughout my childhood has been a natural extension of my focus on cycles of the farm. Motifs of seed turning to plant have been echoed in the warm memories of a table set with distinct bowls, each holding its own special flavor and texture that would evolve into sustenance. I consider the way my own receptacles will appear both with and without food in them, endeavoring in both cases to preserve the clean lines and pure colors of my original sensory world.

I feel the most grounded when I am working. My work engages my whole self, helps me think, focus and process, and makes me expectant of good things to come.

Kelly O'Briant
PO Box 262
Julian, NC 27283-0262
(828) 712-1525
Kellyobriantpottery@gmail.com
www.kellyobriant.com



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