Adrian Arleo, Ceramic Artist, to Lecture in Conjunction with Red Heat: Contemporary Works in Clay Exhibit

Friday, September 03, 2010

September 30, 4 pm, Jerri Jones Lecture Hall

Adrian ArleoAdrian Arleo, Juror for Red Heat: Contemporary Works in Clay, will lecture on her work on September 30 at 4 pm in the Jerri Jones Lecture Hall in Phillips Hall. 

Arleo’s studio and the pieces she creates there, straddle the natural world and the world that man has constructed. Nature is invited in. The window sills are filled with treasures found on her property in rural Lolo, Montana situated at the base of the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness with Lolo Creek running through. Swallows nest in the eaves, her horse sneaks a look in the window of the studio, and a mouse is not considered an unwelcome intruder. The collection further contains beehives, honeycombs, abandoned birds nests, stones, twigs, shells and other bits of nature brought in for closer inspection and continuous inspiration. Arleo claims her studio to be “a kind of living structure.”

The subject’s may change with each piece carefully and skillfully crafted of clay by Arleo, but the underlying concepts remain consistently investigating the delicate intersection between nature and humans. The pieces are in a constant state of metamorphosis. Arleo’s work has always been and continues to be richly narrative, deeply suggesting a psychological and emotional world. The personal is present but not ever obvious. Arleo’s interior world is complex and rich, inviting the viewer to become part of it on their own terms, through their eyes.

Arleo studied Art and Anthropology at Pitzer College (B.A. in 1979) and received her MFA in ceramics from Rhode Island School of Design in 1986. Her sculpture is exhibited internationally, and is in numerous public and private collections.

Mary Whitney