Showing next in The Front Office Gallery at sfclayworks is an exhibition of recent work by sfclayworks studio member Beth Ozarow.
Beth’s show titled Paper and Soul will highlight the new direction Beth’s work has taken. Beth, whose work has been predominately ceramics sculpture, has currently been exploring the art of collage. It is interesting to see the cross fertilization of her two-dimensional and three dimensional work. Stop in and see for yourself, how Beth’s recent explorations have been developing.
What: Paper and Soul: Recent Work of Beth Ozarow
When: April 27, 2019 – May 26, 2019
Where: 2240 Palou Avenue | San Francisco | CA | 94124
Special artist gathering: Saturday, April 27, 2019 |4-6
The show may also be seen during regular studio hours as follows:
Tuesday 5-9 pm; Wednesday-Friday 12-9 pm; Saturday-Sunday 12-5 pm
I find working with collage to be an extremely generative process. Several years ago, in a clay workshop with sculptor Colleen Kiebert, I was introduced to a particularly useful method of using collage as a meditative practice. I kept a journal of daily collages for a time and continue to draw from this notebook as a source of creative inspiration.
In this body of work, I am using a lot of found materials – the patterns inside of envelopes, maps, pages from instructional manuals and botany encyclopedias, scrawled notes and playing cards found on the sidewalk – as well as my own drawings and bits and pieces from my notebooks of explorations with different color media. I am letting the materials themselves guide my hand, looking as I combine them for visual “clicks,” moments when connections between elements happen, or when the disturbance of those connections become palpable. I am interested in what it takes to create and relieve tension in a piece, and look for the ways content will inevitably break through, unplanned.
As is my usual practice, I go back and forth between working in 2- and 3-dimensions. It was natural that the collage work found its way onto my ceramic sculptures; I include a few of these in the show as well.
Beth is a founding member of sfclayworks, a collectively owned and managed clay studio in San Francisco, where she does her studio work. Since 1997, she has worked at her day (and night) job as a stagehand/artisan for the San Francisco Opera, and for the San Francisco Ballet since 2004.
She attended Rhode Island School of Design (BFA Sculpture).
If you would like to see more of Beth’s work please check her website