|Wig 1990||Chandelier with Milk Drops, 2003|
PULLMAN – Sculpture by Seattle artist Claudia Fitch will be showcased in a free public exhibit Jan. 13-April 2 at the Museum of Art/WSU.
Organized by Keith Wells, museum curator, “Claudia Fitch: Works 1987-2010” will play with images from popular culture, including vernacular architecture and decorative statuary.
Among her commissions is “The Colossal Heads” series at Qwest Field in Seattle.
Fitch works intuitively from what she calls a “junk pile” of visual materials culled over the years, which inspires her to “shift direction with unexpected juxtapositions and unplanned connections between things.
“In this process, I can hit a relationship of images that really touch a nerve, (that play on) cultural icons that are part memory and part present experience,” Fitch said.
“Claudia Fitch’s work has been called decorative, humorous and at times surreal,” said Wells. “Her sense of form ranges from a highly traditional style to calligraphic forms that allude to figures or machines.”
Fitch has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Washington and a master’s of fine arts degree from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. Her work is included in numerous collections, including those of the Seattle Art Museum, Microsoft and the NW Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane. She lives and works in Seattle, and is represented by Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle and Adam Baumgold Gallery in New York.
“The WSU Museum of Art is committed to the idea that a museum has a responsibility to recognize the creative talent of its region,” said Director Chris Bruce.
“Our overarching goal is to create lifelong learners who can seek out divergent opinions, examine complex issues from a variety of perspectives and find meaning in the world,” he said. “Exposing our audience to an overview of work by one artist is an invaluable example of personal growth and the development of personal vision.”
Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, open until 7 p.m. Thursday and closed Sunday.