Saturday , October 17th, 2020
A Nobility of Beasts: A Ceramic Narration of Beastial Assemblage
October 13 - November 30, 2020
Encore Gallery & tcataos.org/visual-arts
Encore Gallery hours: Current gallery hours for the Encore Gallery are Mondays and Fridays 4pm to 6pm. There will be additional hours during this show, including Saturdays from noon to 4pm. The show will open with an extended viewing day on Friday, October 16, from 4pm to 8pm.
Gallery capacity at any one time is 10 guests. TCA is NM Safe Certified.
Mandy Stapleford is an award-winning artist, an author and an entrepreneur. Originally from Arden, a small Shakespeare-inspired town in Delaware, Stapleford settled in Taos in 1998 and built a straw-bale home and sculpture studio, where she currently lives and works. She is a graduate of The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, with a BFA in Ceramics. An avid environmentalist, she has always been fascinated by the infinite diversity of the flora and fauna of our world. Her ceramic art is inspired by architectural ornamentation, the natural world and the human psyche.
“A Nobility of Beasts” began as a clever narration in clay of collective nouns and transformed into an environmental tribute to our animal kingdom. Mandy has created 27 framed sets of clay animals, grouped by their collective noun names, ie; “A Memory of Elephants.” The series is a sculptural exploration of, and homage to, a fraction of the incredible animals we share the earth with. It is a show about connection; of animals to animals, animals to people and all of us to the planet. There’s also a little humor sprinkled in for fun. A limited edition, hardcover book accompanies this series. This exhibition also includes larger wall-mounted “Beasties” from Mandy’s imagination.
This show is supported in part by the Taos Community Foundation; by the Fulcrum Fund, a grant program of 516 ARTS made possible by the Frederick Hammersley Foundation; by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts.