If you find yourself in central Texas this June, don’t miss visiting one of the premier biennial ceramic exhibits in the United States. Door County artist and co-owner of Juddville Clay Rebecca Carlton was selected, from more than 1,500 entries, to exhibit her installation piece “Vanish: To Become Zero” at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts in San Angelo, Texas through June 22, 2018.
In creating her work of art, Carlton selected four of the most critically endangered species’ trees of North America and duplicated, in clay, more than 4,000 of their leaves. The leaves were used to construct four separate four-foot concentric overlapping circles of leaves. The concentric circles represent tree rings, a tree’s growth and age record. The circles also reference mandalas, a sacred space within the wholeness of the universe. Black clay was used to make the leaves representing the death of the trees due to environmental factors and encroachment upon their habitats. Famous quotes encircle each of the leaf circles.
The endangered trees selected by Carlton include the Catalina Island Mountain Mahogany from California (six trees remain), Māhoe from Hawai’i (less than 300 trees), Maple-leaf Oak from Arkansas (less than 600 trees), and the Virginia Round-leaf Birch from Virginia (eight trees remain).
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