Flinch by Lyndsey Fryman selected in the 2013 Visions in Clay Artists Exhibit

With over 57 participating ceramic artists, Visions In Clay is a juried exhibition that takes place at the LH Horton Jr. Gallery of San Joaquin Delta College in California. The exhibition will run from August 22 through September 19, 2013. Curator of Ceramics at the Arizona State University Art Museum Peter Held has been selected as the exhibition juror. He received his BFA with an emphasis on ceramics from the State University of New York, Brockport and his master’s degree in museum administration from Oregon State University. In his juror’s statement, Held said, “works are becoming more emotionally charged, mysterious, and unsettling. Innovative content narratives are creating dramatic vignettes that address issues of identity, gender, and alienation.” This statement reminds us of the raw emotion and connection viewers have with Lyndsey’s work. 

Fryman Flinch 26h

Flinch, cone 6 electric fired soldate stoneware, colored porcelain slips, oil patina, 21″ x 5″ x 5″

In her statement addressing Flinch into the exhibit, Lyndsey said, “In animal and human social groupings, there’s a hierarchy of what’s considered normal.  Flinch embodies an individual who is the exception from normal.  Being different and misunderstood, I considered the interactions of his peers when placed into a social grouping. This figure exemplifies the cause and effect, the anticipation and expectation of what is in his experience the possibility, that someone will not understand him.”

Lyndsey also said there were a lot of thoughts running through her mind when making this piece as she tried to keep the firms simple to convey or evoke a feeling that could be understood from anyone’s point of view. Lyndsey submitted three pieces total, hoping Flinch would be selected as it is one of her favorite pieces.

Lyndsey said she was surprised to receive the email notifying her of her acceptance into the exhibition, as she immediately thought, “Awesome! Yikes I’ve got to ship this piece to California. All very nerve racking!.”

Lyndsey said it is not her goal to shock, or disgust viewers, but present her experience and point of view so others may begin a dialog about the work, or spectrum disorders. “I would love to be in person for the show so I could hear the responses and discuss the work. My work is my journal, the working process is great therapy for me to understand myself, my circumstances, and what is important in this world; patience, thoughtfulness, and understanding in every repect.” She thinks in a lot of ways, to look at art and appreciate it, one has to develp the same mind set to understand things taken for granted in our human world. Her final words, “I do hope the work can inspire.”

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