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CAROL GOUTHRO I N T R O D U C T I O N
My work is rooted in historical ceramic vessel traditions, informed by contemporary art and design and inspired by botanical and natural forms. For the past fifteen years the vessel forms in my ceramic work have slowly been evolving into sculptural, hybrid organic, biomorphic forms.After buying a house and creating a garden in the mid 90â€™s I began to collect plants. Over time this became an obsession for me and I started bringing plants into my studio and looking more closely at them, examining and dissecting them. I began studying historical botanical drawings, close up photography of plants, and cross section scientific renderings of plant and animal life forms.
I have always been drawn to ornament, embellishment, color, pattern, and texture and recently have become more involved with the details, the close ups, the abstract, the peering into. My interest in detail, layers and encrustations has been heightened by repeated travels to India and China with visits to elaborately carved, pierced and painted temples, ruins, and architecture. I am fascinated by the complexity, diversity, beauty and danger of the natural world and this leads to thoughts about growth, nourishment, attraction, and survival. After many years of closely observing and collecting plants and constructing vessel forms that transformed into plant forms, I began inventing my own hybrid flower/animal species using botanical nomenclature as my departure point.
This is the basis of my latest work, the Gouthroii series. Resupinus Terracotta Clay 15 x 21 x 15 inches
Undulate Terracotta Clay 24.5 x 14 x 14 inches
Erodium Terracotta Clay 24.5 x 14 x 14 inches $4,500
Raphanus Terracotta Clay 9 x 17 x 9 inches
Butterflies Terracotta Clay 7 x 12 x 7 inches
Gouthro notes the textile design of William Morris, the vision of Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi, and photographer Karl Blossfeldt.
adoratorio 69 Blastula No. oil 2 on birch Terracotta Clay48 x 70 in 8 x 14 x 8 inches $9,400
Chromatella Terracotta Clay 6 x 10 x 5 inches
Portal No. 2 Enticement Terracotta Clay 27 x 16 x 10 inches
Viridis Terracotta Clay 7 x 13 x 7 inches
Carol Gouthro, a graduate of the University of Manitoba School of Art, is a Seattle-based ceramic artist and educator who has been working and exhibiting for over 30 years. Gouthro has an extensive exhibition record with 25 solo shows and numerous invitational and juried exhibitions. Her ceramic work has been published in numerous books including “The Yixing Effect” by Marvin Sweet, the “Teapot Book” by Steve Woodhouse and several of the 500 Series by Lark books. Gouthro’s ceramic work has been featured in the portfolio section of American Craft magazine and also on the cover of Ceramics Monthly along with two major articles including the feature article “Carol Gouthro’s Futuristic Artifacts” by Judy Wagonfeld.
Gouthro’s work is included in many public and private collections including the Racine Art Museum, Kamm Foundation Collection, University of Washington Medical Center, Washington State Arts Commission and the Contemporary Ceramics Collection at Harborview. This is Gouthro’s first show with Gallery IMA.
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Images courtesy of the artist. Prices subject to change. Copyright 2015, Gallery IMA. Front and back cover image: Aurlia gouthroii: Resupinus, terracotta, 15 by 21 by 15 inches.