Craft Alliance presents Every Thing and More in the Staenberg Gallery, a solo exhibition by ceramic artist Pattie Chalmers. Chalmers, at heart, is a story teller. Her work quietly whispers to us about her memories of her childhood and dreams. Creating a world of everyday objects using terra cotta allows us to reminiscence with her, and perhaps recollect our subconscious connections.
It is Chalmers’ enthusiasm for exploring the nature of objectness and the aura of association that were the catalysts for creating Every Day I Think of You, a collection of 365 articles that each connect through recollection of a specific person. The objects that make up this piece are specific to her remembrances, but often become stimulants for a viewer’s memories. Chalmers says, “The connection to others through a thing’s capacity to contain a memory and our human ability to condense such a variety of experiences into seemingly mundane mementos are what continue to grab my imagination.”
Pattie Chalmers will share an installation of her piece, Every Day I Think of You, as well as other pieces that she will complete over her fall residency as a McKnight Artist at Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis.
Pattie Chalmers received her BFA in printmaking from the University of Manitoba in Canada, and her MFA in ceramics from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. She has exhibited in group exhibitions on five continents, in six countries and thirty-three states and over the past ten years has had work in over ninety exhibitions. Chalmers has taught at Southern Illinois University since 2006.
Professor Chalmers has been awarded two McKnight Residencies at Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, MN, and in 2020 she received an Illinois Arts Council Professional Development Grant and an Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship Finalist award.
Interested in learning from Pattie Chalmers? Register for her January 30th Workshop