Running through Nov. 3, the Ryniker-Morrison Gallery is presenting “I, Thou” a solo exhibit of works by Candace Forrette.
An opening reception honoring the artist is in the gallery on Thursday, Oct. 5 from 4 to 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
The new work produced by Forrette is informed by her feelings for and observations of the land. The somewhat minimal yet made-by-hand qualities of the work relate to the landscape and our place in that space. The use of minimal form and the repetition of elements, both two- and three-dimensional, allows for a space of both meditation and reflection.
“I am interested in two ancient art mediums, smoke-fired ceramics and encaustic," Forrette said. "Both have served decorative and utilitarian purposes for thousands of years. Both involve natural materials and heat processes.
“My exploration has led me to incorporate a variety of other natural materials, notably copper, muscovite and paper into both mediums. Both mediums intrigue me because I can coax the results but in the end it is the process that presents me with something of its own."
Using mica “firefly” components, she has also created a temporary installation, “The Evening Fireflies,” which complements the exhibition in both materials used and in continuation of the exploration of content.
Forrette’s educational background includes a diploma in fine arts (sculpture emphasis) from the Art Institute in Boston, and a BFA (sculpture) and MFA (sculpture with drawing minor) from Utah State University.
She has participated in both solo and group exhibitions locally and regionally including the Yellowstone Art Museum, Nicolaysen Art Museum, Emerson Center, MSUB's Northcutt Steele Gallery and the South Dakota Art Museum.
The Ryniker-Morrison Gallery is located in Tech Hall on the campus of Rocky Mountain College, 1511 Poly Drive. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact Sally McIntosh at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.