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Lee Renninger’s ceramics show ‘Botanica’ opens at the University Gallery in January

STATESBORO, Ga. – The Georgia Southern University Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art will present Lee Renninger’s Botanica in the University Gallery at the Center for Art and Theatre from Jan. 9 – Feb. 3. Botanica is a series of ceramic installations which explore the sense of play and lightheartedness inherent in the garden.

In 2013, Renninger began playing around with leftover parts from some of her past art installations. Laying them in stacks and trying different configurations, she turned them into humorous, colorful landscapes that were so addictively fun she was compelled to make more. The resulting pieces initiated the series, Botanica, a body of work that incorporates the rich color, detail and lavish qualities of the floral world to explore play and wonder—sometimes even in the darkest of contexts.

“I’m very excited about showing Renninger’s work,” said Gallery Director Jason Hoelscher. “Her approach to ceramics is quite different from the way we typically understand ceramics. I think most people think of a particular object, whether a cup or a sculpture, but few think of ceramics as a field of objects—less as something specific to focus on relative to a background, and more of lots of things to focus on all at once. Lee’s work is very exciting from a conceptual standpoint, and—of equal or greater importance—is lush, gorgeous and pleasing to the eye.”

The public is invited to a lecture and and reception on Thursday, Jan. 19. The Artist Talk will begin at 5 p.m. in Visual Arts Building, room 2071 and the reception will follow at the Center for Art & Theatre at 6 p.m.

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