On view: January 15 – 30, 2016
Reception: Friday, January 15, 6 – 8pm
Artist Branding Workshop w/ Kirsten Lapointe: Sat, January 16, 1 – 5pm
Baltimore-based artist and teacher Kirsten Lapointe is dedicated to improving "communication through visual arts media" in her new solo exhibition Sit for Tea on view in the Creative Alliance's Amalie Rothschild Gallery from January 15 - 30, 2016. Along with her mixed media wall hangings from the ongoing series "Curiousus," Lapointe will install a banquet table centerpiece in the room and encourage further dialogue among visitors with this traditional center stage of daily conversations. The opening reception on Friday, January 15th from 6 - 8pm will feature food and music in traditional banquet fashion.
Lapointe's “Curiousus” series is an exploration in a multitude of art media. Paperclay, encaustic paints, lampwork glass and found objects are employed to create these elaborate cabinets of curiosity. The titles are expressed in a Latin-like language in order to invoke the characteristics of labeling and cataloging in the manner of a botanist. The objects themselves are cataloged memories, some can be touched, some develop patina over time. They appear functional, engaging the ongoing form/function debate in ceramics, yet resist the ceramics classification because of their mixed media nature. They are both substantial and lightweight when mounted on the wall or presented at the banquet table, strongly connoting the curiosities of the Victorian era.
Kirsten Lapointe is a graduate of Syracuse University, a mixed media visual artist, and an art teacher at the GreenMount School. She established herself locally as a potter and remains a member of the Potter’s Guild of Baltimore. She exhibits in galleries and art fairs, and has published her work nationally. While Lapointe moved to Baltimore in 1992 with the intention of being an architect, after taking classes at the Baltimore Clayworks, she realized that she wanted to work with her hands, and began a career as an artist and educator. Lapointe is a proud resident and contributing neighbor in the Patterson Park neighborhood close to the Creative Alliance.
You can see more of Kirsten Lapointe’s artwork on her website: https://artofkirsten.wordpress.com/