Marjorie Dial: New Works
PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR - Jul 2-20
Marjorie Dial makes large ceramic vessels with writing inscribed on them. She calls her pandemic-era work “a meditation on the loss of intimacy – the absence of conversation, confessions, contact – that was a collective experience.” She made heavy functional storage vessels as metaphors for holding space for each other as well as for holding on in general. The wildfires in the Pacific Northwest in 2020 inspired Dial to add ash to her glazes, creating an iridescent amber finish that looks like flames.