Plenty is a exhibition by Allison Rose Craver & Katie Coughlin. Presented in Milwaukee, WI during the 2014 NCECA conference, the exhibition includes work by each artist as well as a collaborative sculpture that serves as the show's centerpiece.
Plenty, which began with the idea of exploring tableware’s role in contemporary life, quickly evolved into a broader exploration and understanding of abundance. While notions of packed cabinets and perhaps grand dining traditions are suggested in the exhibition’s collaborative title piece, it does not suggest excess. Instead, our commitment to basic forming techniques and material honesty, conveys a sense of gratitude and earnest diligence. This quality asserts itself throughout the exhibition, allowing space for viewers to weave their own memories and impressions into our stories of recognized bounty.
I use the impression my hand leaves as a way to document my presence in time and place. This methodical and repetitive method brings me comfort when I enter into unfamiliar territory while building. Through the assembling of vessels and sculpture, I explore the rememberings of an event or person. Using memory to push forward the complex understanding of human relationships, pinching comes as a natural, slow resolve for thoughts to emerge and process.
Send Me a Letter Attached to A String
Stemming from my childhood memories of the library as a safe haven and the romantic nostalgia created when invited into someone’s own private collection, my need for creation has been indulged with the idea to create a private anthology based on my own thoughts.