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SHAPING MEMORIES: Expressions in Clay

SHAPING MEMORIES: Expressions in Clay

Featuring works by Hollie Lyko and Rae Stern

In conjunction with SHAPING MEMORIES, Hypomnemata by Rae Stern is on view at the Leon Family Gallery in Virginia Beach, VA

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The power of memory is immeasurable. Individual recollections are the building blocks of our sense of self, while collective memories help define our culture. In this exhibition, six artists use clay to explore formative moments in their lives as well as stories passed down through generations, inviting viewers to consider both the uniqueness of every individual and our shared identities.

Clay has been used to create functional and decorative objects for millennia. The artists in Shaping Memories continue the rich artistic tradition of clay, exploring its creative potential and versatility. A ceramic object can preserve information about the society in which it was made for thousands of years, a charge these artists take seriously in the creation of their work. What happens when people, cultures, and traditions are forgotten, and histories are erased? How can objects help us remember, honor, and share stories of our time?

Photos by Echard Wheeler and provided by:

Special thanks to presenting sponsor Atlantic Union Bank with additional support from Dr. Jordan Asher and Ms. Jody Mattison, and The Lynn and Rachel Schoenbaum Fund.




Gallery Talk with Rae Stern

Sunday, March 6, 2022
Time 11:00 AM

Join us for a gallery talk with Shaping Memories: Expressions in Clay artist Rae Stern. Stern is a multimedia artist working in ceramics, photography, paper, and textiles. Her immersive installation on view at Virginia MOCA titled Outside Time was originally created during a residency in Kansas City.

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Film by Jeremy Bates Film and provided by The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art