My current series of works combines the pliability and strength of ceramics with the delicate structure of lace. In lace pattern, the negative space is intrinsic to its structure. Lace conveys vulnerability as it barely conceals and protects what is behind it. The ceramic forms I make allude to motifs of strength, stability and infrustructure. The clay lace becomes the structural exoskeleton of these forms, making them both strong and fragile. This dichotomy is further accentuated by their relationship to other materials and forms such as rebar and wood. Resonating with tactile and fragile tension, they are at once beautiful and fallable, playful and serious. My research explores how I might convey a suspended balance between assuredness and insecurity.
Betsy Alwin received her MFA in sculpture from Illinois State University and a BFA in Sculpture and a BA in Spanish language from Minnesota State University. She has been awarded residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Vermont Studio Center and Sculpture Space. She has created a permanent public commission in Tokyo, Japan and has participated in several public art venues such as Figment on Governor’s Island and the Art Under the Bridge Festival, in Dumbo, Brooklyn. She has exhibited her work both regionally and nationally including solo shows at No Globe Exhibition Space in Brooklyn, A.I.R. Gallery in New York City and the University of Tacoma Gallery, Tacoma, Washington. She has an upcoming solo show at the Phipps Center for the Arts and will be showing at Rosalux in the Fall of 2018.