Betsy Alwin

"I consider the objects and events that fill our days as much sculpture material as clay or metal. As a maker, I think about how these elements can be manipulated and distilled not merely as representation, but as experience, sensation, and idea. The objects that are represented in my work fulfill this, in part, because they create a foundation for tactility and familiarity. Process and crafty in my work has been a way for me to examine material as a carrier of meaning. This has led me to ask, 'How can form, texture and material create affect? How might my work convey some of the existential concerns that have developed for me?'

My current body of work approaches these problems in a series of slip=cast objects and installations that use texture, cast ceramic slip forms and mixed media. I have developed a process of casting and hand carving ceramic lace. The use of lace pattern conveys strength through delicate form. Lace neither conceals nor reveals. The guipure lace that I use provides a structural balance between negative and positive space. When combine with porcelain, strong and delicate material, the airy forms are capable of supporting themselves and the weight of the other material. The dichotomy of strength and fragility presented by these ceramic forms is an important conceptual component of my work." (Betsy Alwin)

Selected Exhibitions

2020

Rosalux Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

Rubine Red Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

2019

Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI

Morrison Gallery, University of Minnesota, Morris, MN

Rubine Red Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

Icosa Gallery, Austin, TX

Rosalux Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2018

Halblberg Center for the Arts, Wyoming, MN

Waiting Room Gallery @ Gallery 71, Edina, MN

Rosalux Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2017

Air Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, New York, NY

De Chiara Projects, Stone Ridge, NY

2016

Marian Art Gallery, Mount Mary University, Milwaukee, WI

2015

LaMama Galleria, New York, NY

2014

No Globe Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

2013

A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2011

Cobblestone Contemporary, Rochester, NY

2007

UW Tacoma Gallery, Tacoma, WA

2006

A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY

Residencies

Illinois State University, Normal, IL

Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, MN

Sculpture Space, Utica, NY

Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont

Showhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Madison, Maine