by Ami Ayars
This show invites the viewer to peer deep into the underwater worlds that have been intimately created and minimally embellished. The dioramas highlight the feeling of getting lost in the wonder of daydreams and the beauty of the natural world.
Come out to explore and immerse yourself in Irradiance!
About her work, Ami says she is "fascinated with the exploration of the planet and what it is still hiding from us. As a child I wanted to be a paleontologist and dig up the dirt and rocks to uncover what lay hidden beneath my feet. As an adult I am still mystified by the unknown crevices of our shared planet. Earth is a vast and varied place full of wonder. My work aims to capture that sense of exploration and discovery. I make ‘creatures’ and compose their environments. I want to share these little worlds with my viewers in a way that makes them inquisitive and provokes them to create fresh, alternate realities for which these objects can exist within.
Clay is a material that I've always been attracted to. It is of the earth. In this regard, it is the perfect material to use in my work. The finished clay pieces reflect the earth’s voice and create their own working dialog within these fabricated environments. My other medium of choice is photography. I am drawn towards photography’s innate the ability to record exactly what it sees in front of it’s lens. Yet, it is the camera’s fabled ability to perceive the unknown that really captures the sense of wonder in my documentation style of work."
Ayars received her Bachelors of Fine Art in Ceramics from the University of Kansas in 2011. She also holds minors in French and Art History. Ayars currently curates Plenum Space and works as a Specialist for Victoria's Secret. Most recently, she worked at EPIC Clay Studio as their Studio Manager, Technician, and was their first Artist in Residence.
She has shown work at various local venues in Kansas City and Lawrence as well as nationally, such as the Missoula Art Museum in Montana.
Opening Reception during First Friday, October 2nd, from 6-10pm
& Closing Reception and Beer Tasting on Saturday, October 24th, from 6-9pm