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World renowned ceramicist to create unique sculpture at Edinboro’s Bruce Gallery


Exhibit of Danae Mattes (’80) to ‘evolve’ through months-long evaporation cycle

January 13, 2020

World renowned ceramicist to create unique sculpture at Edinboro’s Bruce Gallery

International artist, known for creating colossal evaporation pools on location, will return to Edinboro University for a special exhibit at the Bruce Gallery on Edinboro’s main campus.

Ceramicist Danae Mattes, who earned her bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Edinboro in 1980, will return to campus to create “The Fluidity of Change,” a process that allows the clay and water structure to evolve during the month-long exhibit due to evaporation.

Following the opening reception on Jan. 17, from 6-8 p.m. in the Bruce Gallery of Doucette Hall, 215 Meadville Street, Mattes will allow her creation to remain and develop on campus through the end of the exhibit on March 4.

“Bringing in artists such as Danae Mattes, who both exhibit internationally and are imbedded within global art hubs like San Francisco, give our students a window into the intensity of dedication and focus necessary to succeed,” said Dietrich Wegner, Edinboro University art faculty member and director of the Bruce Gallery.

Mattes lives and works in Berkley, Calif., and travels the globe for solo and collaborative art exhibits at galleries, schools and museums.

To create the evaporation pools, Mattes pours water into a circular sculpture on the floor of the gallery. From here, the water blends with the clay and malleable powder to allow the sculpture to grow and evolve on its own.

“It’s free and yet it’s controlled. And that’s part of time. The water exists, and then it’s gone. The closed system of water on earth is an alive cycle we’re always living within,” Mattes told the Mercury News in California during the creation of a 3-day, 1,300-pound clay evaporation pool. “It’s fully liquid, absorbed, vaporized and released as air. Every time you breathe, you’re losing water.”

After graduating from Edinboro, Mattes earned a Master of Fine Arts from California State University at Long Beach.

She has exhibited her work at the Brigham Young University Museum of Art (2018), Kulturraum Lübeck in Germany (2014), Fresno Art Museum (2004) and Contemporary Crafts Gallery in Portland, Ore. (1985).

Mattes’ visit is part of Edinboro University’s ART100 celebration, which recognizes the past century of art and art education at Edinboro. For more information on this and other ART100 events, please visit art.edinboro.edu/art-100.


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