Bay College announces the exhibition for artist Ann Russ in the Hartwig Gallery. Ann lives and works in Marquette, an upper Michigan town that sits on the southern shore of Lake Superior. Her ceramic work is strongly influenced by the natural world around her, a love of simple and elegant architecture, and a childhood fascination with the objects used for enacting sacraments from her Catholic upbringing.
Ann designs and hand builds memorial urns, reliquaries, and Spirit bowls – vessels and containers for honoring life and its transitions. For her, it is a sacred act to hand build vessels that will someday hold the remains of someone who was loved and existed upon the earth. She also teaches Spirit bowl classes using hand-building techniques.
“The world is holy. We are holy. All life is holy.
Daily prayers are delivered on the lips of breaking waves,
the whispering of grasses,
the shimmering of leaves.”
Terry Tempest Williams
Talking to God: Portrait of a World at Prayer
“It is out of this holiness and deep appreciation for the precious gift that life is – that I began devoting my craft to the making of memorial urns and reliquaries. For me, it is a sacred act to hand build vessels that will someday hold the remains of someone who was loved and existed upon the earth.
The work I have made that you see in this gallery explores an intersection where nature, architecture and spiritual/universal symbols meet.
My hope is these vessels will offer a sense of comfort, familiarity, and tenderness in the midst of one of life’s most difficult transitions – the passing of a loved one.”
The exhibition of her work can be viewed from March 2-31, 2016. This event will coincide with the exhibition in the Besse Gallery, Six Women: Their Stories.
Please join us for an Artist Talk/Panel Lecture and Discussion on March 2nd at 2:00 p.m. in the Besse Theater. Bay College Arts and Culture and the Diversity Committee in celebration of Women’s History Month sponsor these events.