Body Continuum

Title: 27 Personification and 1 Perception (15 pieces), 2016
Medium: Hand cut porcelain, underglaze pencil and clear glaze with laser cut custom acrylic base
Dimensions: varies
Image: Courtesy of the artist

Showing: March 3 – April 30

Reception: Saturday March 11, 5 – 7pm

Artist Talk: Saturday April 8, 5 – 7pm.

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Participating Artists: Anna Vaughan and Edith Garcia


Show Statement

An exhibition of sculpture, installation, performance and drawing.

Two artists who use figurative imagery to traverse the ground between formed and unformed worlds.

Clay Body, an artist performance by Anna Vaughan, is a living work which investigates spatial surroundings, personal relationships, spiritual practices, and daily life. Inspired by the act of making pinch pots as a morning meditation, Anna Vaughan merges the many separate aspects of herself through a live performance with clay.

Dates: March 15, 18, 25, 29, April 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, and 29.

Wednesdays 12 pm – 3 pm; Saturdays 11 am – 2 pm

Anna Vaughan’s Biography

Anna Vaughan is an artist and educator who lives in Oakland, California. She received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and a MFA from Mills College and currently lectures at UC Berkeley’s ASUC Art Studio, California College of the Arts, and Laney College. She has acted as a juror for the exhibition programs at Oakland Museum of California, and has organized and curated exhibitions for Abrams Claghorn Gallery, June Steingart Art Gallery, Mercury Twenty Artist Gallery, Pro-Arts Gallery, the NIAD Art Center, and Cell Space.

Anna’s current investigations are figurative clay sculptures, which are first sculpted in front of a live model. These works seek to draw connections between the artist’s own inner world and the more direct experience of observation from life. Working with the figure also provides a way for the artist to explore cultural, historical, and spiritual myths. Her artwork responds to the interplay between natural and man-made environments, and she endeavors to draw out points of connection and diversion between these two worlds. Her sculptures invite viewers to contemplate some of the profound and simple experiences of living in connection with nature.

Edith Garcia’s Biography 

Edith Garcia’s work draws you into an alluring world of installation and sculpture. She focuses on the unique individual experiences throughout our lifetimes, the minimal occurrences that transpire each day, addressing contemporaneous issues specific to the human condition and grafts them into site-specific installations and objects. Her body of work has been exhibited throughout North America, Mexico and Italy, in spaces such as the Northern Clay Center, Minnesota, Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas, Mexico City and is included in the permanent Sculpture Garden of the Archie Bray Foundation, Montana.

Garcia is strongly engaged in the critical research of figurative sculpture with curatorial projects, publishing and creating works that reflect this passion. Garcia received her BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, MFA from the California College of the Arts (and Crafts) and MPhil at the Royal College of Art in London working on research focusing
around: The Absence and Presence of the Human Form in Ceramic Sculpture-Where is the Vanishing Point. She has had first major publication in Ceramics and the Human Figure released worldwide by A&C Black Visual Arts (Bloomsbury).

in 2014 Edith Garcia was the Hothouse Guest Lecturer, for the Crafts Council UK and exhibited as a shortlisted artist for AWARD at the British Ceramics Biennial, published Reporting on Residencies in Ceramic Review Magazine and was guest curator for Richard Slee: Revolution in the Rain and Wonderland at the Milton Keynes Arts Centre. She was also Guest Writer for the Figurative Association: The Human Form Symposium at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.  

Garcia was awarded the 2015-2016 Viola Frey Distinguished Visiting Professorship at the California College of the Arts. Gaining access to the Viola Frey archive and working closely with the Artists’ Legacy Foundation. As part of her Visiting Professorship she taught Craft Theory and hands on courses at CCA in the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016.

In 2016, Garcia had solo exhibition elemental shifts: innocence in the fire at Transmission Gallery in Oakland, was a Visiting Lecturer at the Cardiff School of Art and Design in Wales and published Clay Culture: London Blue in the November 2016 issue of Ceramics Monthly Magazine. She is an Adjunct Professor at the California College of the Arts where she will be teaching 4D: Action and Interaction focusing on Elements and Principles of 4D Art and Design in Spring 2017. Garcia is beginning 2017 as curator of Forgotten Words, and exhibiting at Abrams Claghorn Gallery, CA group exhibit, Body Continuum.