Nevada City ceramic sculptor Miriam Morris will have a closing reception for her solo show of political art from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Grass Valley Center for the Arts. The show entitled “Politically Motivated” is a collection of large-scale portraits of political players.
“I find politics very interesting, especially the way it reflects society and slowly, or not so slowly shapes our culture,” said Morris. “Even more interesting to me are the types of people drawn into politics. What is their motivation? Why would anyone in their right mind want to be a politician? You have to have a mixture of fearlessness, arrogance and driving ambition to survive in politics today. Those are the people I portray in this body of work.”
The artwork, both wall and floor pieces, is hand built with sculpture clay, often incorporating mixed media. In addition to the portraits, Morris is displaying a large group of small animal masks, entitled “Sometimes You Have to Show Your Teeth.”
“I usually try to offer some affordable pieces when I show my work. I realize that art lovers are not necessarily loaded with cash,” she said.
Her art has been described as playful, humorous, energetic and forceful.
“My work is serious, but I’m not afraid to show the absurdity with a little humor thrown in. Why not? It’s more fun that way,” Morris said. “Subtlety is not my forte.”
Morris’ work has been shown throughout Northern California since the early 1990s. Her sculpture has been included in exhibits at the Crocker Art Museum, the California State Fair and numerous Sacramento area galleries.
Kelly Fleming will provide music during the closing reception. The show is in the Granucci Gallery at the Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley.
Concurrently on display in the Main Gallery is work by Julia Ruess.
For more information, go to http://thecenterfor thearts.org.