Opening Reception: Saturday, June 8th, 6 – 8pm, Ongoing through July 20th
Christine Fashion is a ceramic artist currently working and living in Westchester, NY. She holds a BFA from Penn State University. In 2017, she was awarded the 2017 Windgate Fellowship for her project, Collections: Hierarchy and Value. Before coming to Port Chester, she worked at GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading, PA. Fashion makes and collects objects to create and to connect her own ideas of identity. Christine is currently a resident artist at Clay Art Center in Port Chester, NY, where she continues her studio practice as well as teaching ceramics to all ages of makers.
Statement: “I am interested in how our lives influence our understanding of value, class and cultural identity. I seek both order and disorder through intuitive and responsive making within self-imposed boundaries”
Nikki Lau holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts from the University of Washington and a MFA in Ceramics from Penn State University. Prior to coming to Clay Art Center, she worked at ceramics institutions and businesses like The Clay Studio and This Many Boyfriends Club in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Lau loves teaching because her personal career goals are to be both a maker and an instructor. She is currently a resident artist at Clay Art Center in Port Chester, NY.
Statement: “As a third generation Asian-American woman, I feel an invisible border between assimilating to American culture and being accepted as Chinese. My first memories of Chinatown were piles of fruits and vegetables, exotified souvenirs, Peking duck hanging in windows, and tanks of catfish.”
Animal Instinct, dedicated to our furry friends, is our year-long gallery focus for 2019, exploring the animal kingdom through a series of four core exhibitions and related programming. The exhibits will examine how artists use anthropomorphism to convey messages about relationships, how we coexist with animals in the wild and in our homes, and the importance of preserving the animal kingdom to maintain the delicate balance of our shared ecosystem. The exhibits include The Great Race, Pots for Pets, The Emotional Animal and Julia Galloway: Endangered Species Project.