Mapping the Terrain
Works by Emily Duke
April 2 – April 30, 2011
In Mapping the Terrain, sculptor and ceramicist Emily Duke focuses on architecture and systems of order to address her own relationship with the structures she occupies and their relationship to the climate of her surroundings. Duke references elements from construction sites, agricultural buildings, and manufacturing complexes to base her objects. She builds formal compositions coupling true right angles with shrunken scale and skewed perspective to present intimacy in structures that are ordinarily massive and complex in our common terrain.
Using the naturally rich color and texture of unglazed clay as her primary material, Duke’s minimal use of additional color allows the forms’ shadows to create depth and emphasize interior space. By simplifying her structures, Duke accentuates patterns of organization and the intersection of lines and creates a sense of delicacy through the combination of linear structure and mass elements.
Emily Duke’s first solo exhibit in Detroit opens at Re:View Contemporary Gallery on Saturday, April 2, with a reception from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Emily Duke received a BFA in Crafts/Ceramics from the College for Creative Studies (CCS), Detroit, MI.