Literally Figurative

April 4, 2009 — July 3, 2009

Literally Figurative focuses on the many aspects of the human figure—complex, beautiful, humorous, and quirky—as depicted by several craft artists through works made from ceramic, fiber, glass, metal, wood, or mixed media. These whimsical and offbeat objects are sure to delight the viewer, while they demonstrate the conceptual and non-functional side of contemporary craft. The show is HCCC’s first curated invitational exhibition.

The artists featured in Literally Figurative included Jennifer Barnds, a Houston-based glass artist; Beth Beede, a felt maker from Northampton, Massachusetts; Juliellen Byrne, a ceramist from Columbus, Ohio; Tod Pardon, an enamellist and mixed-media artist from Saratoga Springs, New York; Marlene Rose, a glass sculpture artist from Clearwater, Florida; Susan Shie, a quilter from Wooster, Ohio; Christina Smith, a silversmith from Fullerton, California; Blanka Sperkova, a sculptor and jeweler who works with knitted wire, from the Czech Republic; and Joël Urruty, who creates figurative sculpture and furniture from wood and bronze, from Hickory, North Carolina.