Dappled, Growing up with shadow and light

“Whole” Ceramic sculpture by Kordula Coleman. 

Lanesboro Arts presents “Dappled: Growing Up with Shadow and Light,” an exhibition featuring the work of figurative ceramic sculptor Kordula Coleman who lives and works in Northeast Minneapolis, Minn. The show opens with a free exhibition opening on Saturday, October 23, from 6-8 p.m. with live music, hors d’oeuvres, and conversations with the artist. The exhibition runs through December 10, 2021. Always free and open to the public, gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Masks are requested while in the Lanesboro Arts Gallery. 

This body of work visualizes Coleman’s experience of being raised by parents with severe trauma caused by living in Germany during World War II and its aftermath. The collection is a monument to Coleman’s childhood and family as well as to trauma survivors’ courage. The ceramics are a physical reminder of how wars affect generations of families, long after the war itself is over.

As Coleman says, “It is both disturbing and healing for me to go to that place, but I feel that it is important for me to figure out how their trauma has shaped me, and honor the love, warmth and positivity [my parents] were still able to give to their children. I also hope that turning these memories into sculptures, and thus sharing them with the world will help others open up about similar experiences and start valuable and instructive conversations.”

Coleman’s sculptural work focuses on human nature and the human body. This focus results in gestural, emotional creations that tell the viewer stories through the sculpture’s poses, facial features, gestures, or clothing characteristics. Much time and care are spent on facial features especially, creating emotional depth to Coleman’s work.

Kordula Coleman is a figurative ceramic sculptor who lives and works in Northeast Minneapolis. After immigrating to the US in 2000 from Cologne, Germany, Coleman rekindled her love for sculpting with clay. Coleman started sculpting at an early age and is a ceramic journeyman. She thinks that communicating her thoughts and emotions through her art is really important. She wants to reach out to viewers through her art and highlight the shared humanity. Her goal is to create art that viewers can connect with in a direct, intuitive way. More information can be found on Coleman’s website: www.kordulacolemansculptures.com/ 

This exhibit is sponsored by KTTC and is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. For more information visit www.lanesboroarts.org, call 507-467-2446 or email gallery@lanesboroarts.org. Handicapped accessible and free to the public, the exhibition gallery is located at 103 Parkway Avenue North in Lanesboro.