Jessica Gardner is displaying her ceramic sculptures in the Manassas Campus Colgan Hall Art Gallery through January 31. A reception to meet the artist will be held in the gallery space on January 22 at 12:00 p.m.
Gardner uses ceramic figures and interactive toys in her sculptures to trigger playful memories. She also incorporates second-hand children’s clothing.
“My imagination is sparked by the past experiences of each piece of clothing I select,” she said. “The importance of used textile is both conceptual and technical. This clothing once protected a young child and is now imbued with history. These remnants of childhood are preserved in clay, capturing a moment that life’s haste has left behind.”
Gardner’s work has been shown throughout the United States and published in “500 Teapots, Volume 2.” She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree at Georgia State University and a post-baccalaureate certificate in ceramic arts at the University of Florida.
Gardner is the Annandale Campus coordinator of student engagement and also teaches studio art courses at the Manassas Campus.
For more information, contact Professor Barbara Lash at email@example.com.