We all have within each of us the ability to alter our own "depth of field," expanding and narrowing our perspective in an attempt to understand both the parts and the whole of the world around us. The depth of field of an artistic practice is ever-changing and can be expanded into a way of learning, building and sharing with others. In this way, teaching, combined with artistic practice, completes a process of nurturing and growth that brings forth the possibility of renewal.
The artists in Depth of Field all bring a unique talent and vision to their work and each hold closely the importance of individual expression and development. They share an ability to adjust their depth of field from their own studio practice to an open and nurturing perspective in the classroom. This relationship between personal practice and the classroom enriches the other, allowing them to develop and share their experience, passing on knowledge and opening up possibilities and creative thought in others, both audience and student alike.
For this exhibit, Ryan Finnerty has painted an enormous (life-sized) pecan tree directly onto the gallery wall. In its shade, Carol Gouthro's ceramics come to life as they bring together biological forms and traditional vessels. Michael Lorefice uses a skillful trompe-l'oeil technique to paint "photograph" portraits of camera pin-ups. Aaron Murray conjures swarms of ceramic creatures that are at once cute and creepy. Doug Parry's paintings depict himself as victim and protagonist, while creating narratives that are both sinister and humorous. Kinu Watanabe reflects on her Japanese heritage through ceramic installations that reference memories and a shifting perspective of the past.