On October 16, the Kirkland Arts Center held an opening reception for their most recent exhibit, Monstrous. Perfectly timed for Halloween, the exhibit offers chilling depictions of the “darker parts of the human psyche”in ceramic sculpture by artists Carol Gouthro, Paul Metivier, Kathleen Skeels and the show’s curator E. Valentine Dewald II.
Each piece teeters exquisitely between attraction and repulsion, as the clay medium is beautifully manipulated and crafted throughout the exhibit—so much so that several pieces could easily be mistaken for wood or cement. Monstrous includes work that exploits dark imagination as well as work that references classic horror legends, such as Metivier’s multiple depictions of Dr. Frankenstein’s creature. On the other end of the spectrum, pieces like those by Carol Gouthro are rich in color but terrifying in nature, as she explores dissected plants with seemingly sinister intentions.
Monstrous is on display at Kirkland Arts Center (620 Market St, Kirkland, WA) through December 5, 2015. Be sure to stop by this deliciously horrific masterpiece.