The objet d’art has often been approached with reverence and veneration in the art world, both physically and conceptually, as something precious and fragile. In Studio Sixty Six’s final show of 2016, emerging local artists Lea Hamilton, Kelsey McGruer, Susan Roston, Allyson Rousseau, Kathryn Shriver and William Staubi play with this sacred notion of the art object, presenting their Unholy Objects.
Lea Hamilton’s metalwork, created by purposefully corroding copper results in destructed yet beautiful double-sided works, actively challenging this perception of preciousness. Kelsey McGruer explores the sanctity of the body with her sculptures inspired by female anatomy, represented both in objects and photographs. The eye-catching ceramics of Susan Roston explore both the beauty and predatory nature of oceanic wildlife, creating fragile yet strong works, her largest to date. Handwoven textiles from fibre artist Allyson Rousseau, while delicate by nature of their composition, play with the textures and traditions of tapestry, resulting in a clean, contemporary aesthetic. Kathryn Shriver’s mixed media beaded works are simultaneously delicate and durable, malleable and static–accurately reflecting her interdisciplinary approach. William Staubi explores the very notion of holy objects with his intricate satirical and comedic assemblages, addressing the function of religion in society and the role of art in personal expression.
Unholy Objects offers three-dimensional work of varying inspiration, sizes, and composition–the perfect addition to your holiday wish list or gift for a loved one’s home or office.