My work is a response to observing the rhythms and cycles of the natural world around me. From the shorter rhythms of seasons to the almost timeless cycles of stones and mountains I find endless shapes, textures, and fragments that echo the process of life, death, and rebirth. I use press molds of deer antlers, stones, and fossils to repeat shapes that form the building blocks for my vessels. Within this framework I seek to express feelings I don't often understand—perhaps longings for strength and beauty or the desire to show painful steps I am trying to master or interpretations of numinous dreams that seem like a gift.
MARIAN HAIGH 2600 Bridle Path; Austin, TX 78703 (512) 477-6112 Date and Place of Birth: October 8,1951; Pittsburgh, Kansas Education: B.F.A. from Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Arkansas, 1973 SELECTED PUBLICATIONS "Clay Baskets and Electric Smoke Firing," Ceramics Monthly, September 1990. "Gallery," American Crafts, June/July 1989. "Portfolio," American Crafts, February/March 1988. "The basketmaker 's Art: Contemporary baskets and their Makers Mark Books," 1987. "Gallery," American Crafts, April/May 1985. "By Design," Metropolis - The Architecture and Design Magazine of NY; April 1984. "The New Basket: A Vessel for the Future," Brainerd Art Gallery, State University College of Arts and Sciences, Potsdam, NY, 1984. "Other Baskets," Fiberarts, August/ September 1982. "Gallery," American Crafts, August/ September 1982. GALLERY ASSOCIATIONS -The Blue Heron, Deer Island, Maine -Worth Gallery, Taos, New Mexico -Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas -Arkansas State University Museum, Jonesboro, Arkansas -Sprint Services, Austin, Texas; Independence, Missouri; Charlotte, North Carolina; -Sacramento, California; Baltimore, Maryland -Martin Museum of Art, Baylor University, Waco, Texas SELECTED EXHIBITIONS 1993 "Texas Clay Il," invitational exhibition with symposium. Curator: Michel Conroy. Touring exhibition with catalog. "Earthen Vessel, Celestial Journey," three-person exhibition, University Gallery, Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center, Baylor University, Waco, TX. Curator: Paul McCoy. 1992 "They Came by Boat," Elsa Mott Ives Gallery, New York, NY. Curators: Paul Bridgewater and Laura Kruger. 1991 "New Works: Ceramic Vessels," one-person exhibition, Arkansas State University Museum, Jonesboro, AR. "Feats of Clay IV," Lincoln Arts and Cultural Foundation, Lincoln, CA. Juror: Rudy Autio. Catalog. Awarded purchase prize. 199 "Marian Haigh: Review," one-person exhibition, Popularis, San Antonio, TX. "Basket Weave '90," The Dairy Barn, Athens, OH. Touring exhibition with catalog. Jurors: Michael Davis, John McGuire, Sandra Blain. "Baskets and Beyond," invitational, California Crafts Museum, San Francisco, CA.
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