Leigh Taylor Mickelson "LURE: albiflora"
Materials: ^6 Porcelain, steel
Process: Wheel thrown, hand-built
Dimensions: 12" x 12" x 60 "
"This piece is from the “LURE” series and gives homage to one of the most recent inspirations for my work: a plant’s will to pollinate. For me, the private “business” of flowering plants reveals a world that mimics human interaction to a fascinating degree. In addition, the forms found inside plants, once magnified, divulge a beauty that is regrettably unseen by the naked eye. In my work, I aim to capture the essence of these organic forms, reveal their beauty, and hence celebrate nature’s will to attract and therefore produce. The larger LURE sculptures are meant to lure you closer, as a plant would lure its pollinator. I am fascinated at how this series of work will pull in one person, but not another."
Leigh Taylor Mickelson, Ossining, NY
Leigh Taylor Mickelson, is an artist and independent consultant with 22 years of experience in nonprofit arts management and program development. From 2012-19 she served as Executive Director at Clay Art Center, in Port Chester, NY and was formerly on staff as the Program Director. In 2006, she moved to NY from Baltimore, MD where she was the Exhibitions Director for Baltimore Clayworks for 9 years. In her 22-year career as an arts administrator and curator, she has curated and organized dozens of ceramic exhibitions for galleries and organizations across the United States, and from 2013-18 served on the board of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) board as their Exhibitions Director. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and English Literature from Hamilton College, and received her MFA in Ceramic Sculpture from Rochester Institute of Technology’s School for American Crafts. Mickelson has had several articles published in various publications and catalogs, has taught ceramics and workshops across the east coast and exhibits her own work widely across the nation.
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