Edgar Franceschi presents stoneware sculptures that joltingly juxtapose Georgian silver luster porcelain pieces, Chinoiserie elements, and studio ceramics in the exhibition Chanting on the Edge of the Volcano. These new assemblage pieces present a fragmented and mutated world that contradicts the initial impression of serenity and stillness that they exude. Franceschi states, “The mantra for the viewer should be: Resist the impulse to interpret. Stare at them uncomprehendingly.”
In Chanting on the Edge of the Volcano Angela Valeria composes works that, whether dyed, painted or printed, explore the inseparable link between the human race and nature, and our reciprocal evolution with all the other life forms that share this planet. Inspired by deities of ancient religions, myths, and folklores, particularly the bird women and goddesses of pre-historic fertility cults. Her work combines animal and human features to let the spirits, often obscured from our eyes, emerge into existence.