Sylvia Trumbull

IT'S AN HONOR TO BE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE EXHIBITION "PAINTING AND CLAY:  LANGUAGE ABSTRACTED" AT THE REVOLUTIONARY BFREE GALLERY IN LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA.  TO CREATE NEW WORK AND SHOW IT ALONG SIDE THE STRONG ABSTRACT PAINTING OF RICHARD TRUMBULL AND JOHN RATAJKOWSKI FELT LIKE A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY.  

 

WHEN I ENTERED BFREE FOR THE FIRST TIME —TO MEET BARBARA FREEMAN THE GALLERY OWNER AND SEE THE SPACIOUS GALLERY AREA SHE HAD MADE AVAILABLE—I HAD THE IMMEDIATE AND STRONG VISION OF CREATING "TOTEMS" FOR THE SPACE.  IT WAS  AN ABSTRACT IDEA THAT I HAD  BEEN PLAYING WITH IN MY MIND FOR SOME TIME.  IT STRUCK ME THAT THIS PARTICULAR GALLERY EXHIBITION REPRESENTED AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLORE LARGER SHAPES, FORMS WHICH ARE MONUMENTAL AND FORMS WITH SURFACES THAT EVOKE THE PASSING OF TIME; HISTORY.  AND, EMERGING FROM THE COVID YEARS, STEPPING OUT AFTER TWO YEARS OF QUIET, THE FORM SEEMED TO SIGNAL A MOMENT IN TIME FOR ME, A TRANSFORMATION IN MY OWN LIFE AND MY PRESENT WORK.

 

 I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN DRAWN TO THE VESSEL FORM IN MY WORK AND THE TOTEMS ARE A NATURAL EXTENSION OF THAT INTEREST.  HOWEVER, IN THIS EXHIBITION, I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE SMALLER CERAMIC PIECES  WHERE THE VESSEL FORM BECOMES EVEN MORE ABSTRACTED.  THE VESSEL ITSELF REPRESENTS JUST THE BEGINNING, A SHAPE TO ALLOW PIERCING, PUNCTURING, ERUPTIONS, TEARING DOWN AND REBUILDING, DISTRESSING, MAKING MARKS AND IMPRESSIONS USING STONES, FINGERS, SHELLS, FOUND OBJECTS.  THE IDEA, IN BOTH THE SMALLER VESSELS AND THE MONUMENTAL TOTEMS, IS TO HAVE THE SURFACES COMMUNICATE THE ORGANIC NATURE OF EROSION, THE PASSING OF TIME, CHANGE, DEPTH.  HISTORY ITSELF.