Peters Projects of Santa Fe is pleased to announce Unshielded, an exhibition of work by Colorado artist, Kim Dickey. The artist’s first exhibition with the gallery will showcase Dickey’s recent figurative sculptures shown as part of her mid-career retrospective at MCA Denver earlier this year.
Dickey’s sculptures reveal themselves in a variety of ways. Densely layered foliated surfaces cover the creatures, causing them to hover in a place between landscape and architectural ornamentation. Like calligraphic description, the white stoneware leaves covering each form take on changing characters, evoking illusions of fur or feathers, and even armor.
The sculptures suggest some form of vulnerability as they remove themselves from the background safety of architectural ornamentation or heraldic shields. The base of each sculpture takes the shape of an iconic shield, but the figures lift off from them - unbound by their history, inheritance, familial connection or time.
Dickey states, “Each sculpture references a certain quality such as fidelity, endurance and timeliness. And yet, for every assigned attribute, the meaning sometimes flips. It is something I perceived in the way these animals were employed in heraldic imagery with their attendant family mottos. While presenting these creatures as moral champions, conversely the animals that families often chose knowingly embodied false claim to character strength. In other words, they acknowledge that we are all fallible and that message is latently embedded in these images. Human strength lies in our consciousness of this fact – in our humility. These images act as reminders of those imperfections, and our all-to-human-ness.”
Dickey is Professor at the University of Colorado and received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Dickey’s work is included in the permanent collection of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas; the Colorado Collection, University of Colorado, Boulder; Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY; John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI; Museum of Contemporary Art, Honolulu, HI; Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO; and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, among others.
The exhibition will be on view December 15, 2017 through February 10, 2018, with an opening reception on Friday, December 15 from 5-7pm.
For inquiries, please contact Mark Del Vecchio, Program Director of Ceramics & Design, firstname.lastname@example.org, (505)-954-5800