In the Gallery Display Cases
Ocean Engagement:Coral Awareness
Lauren Skelly Bailey
Tuesday June 26, 2018
9:00 AM until 9:00 PM
Meet the artist on July 11 in the Lower Level Art Gallery from 5 to 7 p.m.
Thanks to the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Huntington Arts Council, this summer ceramic artist Lauren Skelly Bailey will be featured at the Great Neck Library as part of her Creative Communities Grant project. In her statement Lauren describes her work as exploring methods of making assemblage sculptures, conglomerations, installations, and figurines. "I consider myself as an explorer, seeking new ways of layering, swirling, forcing, bending, breaking and reusing surfaces." A conversation between elements of nature emerges from her practice: flora, fauna, rocks, and the tooled objects made by man are called to mind. "In combining them, I forge a new perspective of these elements."
Lauren’s project entitled “Coral Awareness” will take shape in two parts the first is a gallery exhibition featuring new sculptures created from research on the effects global warming has had on corals. In this research Lauren found that corals emit their own algae tissues resulting in the coral turning completely white. From this research Lauren will be creating three installations focusing on the metamorphosis of healthy corals to bleached corals. The second portion of Lauren’s grant project will involve the public; she will be hosting two workshops at the library for adults 16+. Each workshop will supply all materials for the duration of the workshop. The first workshop (6/26 12-2pm) attendees will hand painting ceramic tiles with coral inspired imagery and learn about the effects of global warming on corals. The second workshop (6/28 12-2pm) will involve, hand-painting patterns on hand pressed clay, sweeping up the clay into ribbons, and manipulating these ribbons into coral sculptures. Both workshops involve some firing off site at Lauren’s ceramic studio and the works will be displayed in the library gallery for viewing post firing. Please make sure to register for these limited engagements prior to the workshop to ensure there are enough materials for each attendee.
For more information on Lauren Skelly Bailey’s studio practice and work, please visit www.laurenskellybailey.com.
Photo Credit: Michael James Bailey
Location: Main Library Lower Lobby Art Gallery
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