Sharon McCoy's figurative ceramics on exhibit in Luther Bean Museum

(01-19-2010)

Sharon McCoy's latest creations, figurative ceramic sculptures, are currently on exhibit in the Adams State College Luther Bean Museum, and continues through February 14. An opening reception is scheduled from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21.

McCoy received her art undergraduate and graduate degrees from Adams State. Her primary medium is ceramics. "Clay gives me the placidity to capture my thoughts when it is wet, and permanency of the form when fired. My work is layered with meanings from my past, from other cultures and their history."

A native of Southern California, McCoy said the journey of her life has given her much imagery to express. "I use my own personal symbolism as well as borrowed symbols from my travels."

The body of work on exhibit is a removal from her earlier work. "The figure has become of grave importance to the story-telling nature of my work. The clothing on the figures pays homage to the heritage of seamstresses in my lineage." She still sites color as being very important in her work. "My pallet choice is drawn from nature I view in my journeys."

She said satirical humor is a considerable portion of her narrative vocabulary. "It makes the sarcasm a little easier to digest. Sarcasm is a way of life for me. This work, although seemingly fantasy, is a reality for me."

For more information call the Adams State Luther Bean Museum at 719-587-7151.

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