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Janis Wilson Hughes

Artist Statement Submitted 2016

With the Appalachian woods of East Tennessee as my childhood playground, I watched the forces of nature both build up and tear down life in an endless cycle. In my work I use the symbols of seed pods and nut shells as representations of hidden potential, growth, and the promise of new life. Soaring birds harken to the elation of self-realization and self-expression, while abstract portals reference the waning cycle of erosion and return to source. The beauty and challenges of balance are visually explored through towering totems composed of seeds that hold the promises of the future. My work is hand-sculpted from stoneware clay and fired in oxidation with earthy surface finishes intended to reflect organic origins. This body of work is a tribute to our own inseparability from nature’s cycles.

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