Current & Upcoming Exhibits
Lane Chapman: Stick a Pin in It
August 6-28, 2021
reception- Friday August 6, 5-8pm
Gallery Hours: M-F 12-5pm, Saturdays 12-3pm
Stick a Pin in It is solo exhibition featuring works by Lane Chapman, who is completing her two-year residency at The Clay Studio of Missoula.
Lane is a utilitarian potter influenced by the natural world. Starting out as a painter and illustrator, she transitioned into clay after being hooked by her first class. Lane obtained a BFA in ceramics in 2017 from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Prior to her residency at The Clay Studio of Missoula, Lane spent two years in Rochester, NY as a resident at the Flower City Arts Center.
Artist Statement - Stick a Pin in It
The phrase “Let’s stick a pin in it” is an informal way of saying, “Hey, let’s hold that thought for later”. In my interpretation, this phrase comes off as evasive and full of false promises. Much like general reactions to climate change and human impacts on the environment. Welcome to the Anthropocene.
Without plants and insects, we might all be dead. Quite literally. Insects couldn’t survive without plants, plants couldn’t survive without insects, and humans couldn’t survive without either. Because of human impacts on the environment, insects numbers are dwindling at an alarming rate, meaning plants are as well. Insects maintain the world as we know it. They are soil aerators, pollinators, seed dispersers, food providers, and decomposers.
Insects are important biological indicators because they are sensitive to slight changes in the environment. Moths, for example, are found in many different habitats making them useful as an indicator species. Monitoring them can give vital clues to changes in the environment such as effects of pesticides, air pollution, and climate change.
It has to be said that I think about our impacts on the environment on a daily basis. To a fault, honestly. I hold insects and living organisms with such a deep reverence that I wanted to create a body of work encompassing that. Before you, I have made a space where living organisms are held sacred. A space to pay homage to their incredibly important duties. A space to hold still their beauty. With that in mind, I have added hints of the human presence as a reminder of how lasting our impact will be on this planet. My goal here is for you to leave with a better appreciation for these tiny creates because you’ll miss them when they’re gone.
*no insects or animals were harmed in making this show. All specimens were found or bought from a trusted source.
Gallery events are free and open to the public.
September - Where the Wild Things Are Juried Show Exhibit
October- Albert Pfarr
November- UM Exhibition
December- Holiday Sale & Exhibition