The Winona Arts Center (WAC) presents “Recollection of Space,” an exhibition of ceramic works by Lisa Truax, from March 7 to April 26. The public is invited to a reception for the exhibit on Thursday, March 7, from 4:30-6 p.m.
Lisa S. Truax is interested in the contrast between places such as parks and natural areas and modern ways of building and living. Truax said of her work, “I attempt to create a sense of connection to nature in the viewer, utilizing materials collected in specific places along with topographical mapping, drawing connection to place and experience. Materials and process are important conceptual factors as I combine traditional ceramic materials with found and sourced natural materials such as granite, clay, and sand mixed with collected refuse such as glass, metal, and waste glaze. These elements are changed through melting, flowing, and fusing together in the firing process to a different chemical state, mimicking the processes of the earth over millennia and utilizing a sense of artifice to visually represent abstractions of land, caves, and bodies of water, as well as simple life forms such as bacteria that may live in them.”
This exhibit consists of various-sized round, ceramic wheel thrown forms, whose interiors range in color and texture depending on the found materials that have been incorporated. Her work’s titles, such as “42.5847425, -87.8211853, 2017,” reflect the locations of the sourced items. Truax noted, “[We] collect things such as stones and coral and bring them into our homes, reminding us of our fascination with natural objects. The relationship we have both culturally and individually to nature, the contrast between wildness and wilderness, human versus geologic time, permanence and impermanence, and the effect these areas have on our lives is the focus of my work.”
Truax is originally from Lake Geneva, Wis. She attended Carthage College, gaining BA degrees in studio art and graphic design with a minor in business. After working in graphic and web design for five years, she attended Michigan State University and earned her MFA in ceramics. She is currently an associate professor of art and design at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in Winona. She maintains a studio in Pickwick.
Gallery hours are on Wednesdays and Fridays from 3-6 p.m. and on Thursdays from 12-3 p.m. or by appointment. The WAC is located at 228 East Fifth Street.