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FROM THEN TO NOW: Diane Solomon Kempler

May 29, 2021 - Jul 24, 2021
12pm - 4pm

FROM THEN TO NOW is a retrospective that includes work from the past twenty  plus years as well as present explorations.   All these works utilize change as a thematic thread. The most recent work is influenced by frequent travel where rich and varied observations  of the natural world are recorded. The oldest works consist of clay sculptures that are weathered,  narrative and psychological,  while the present work especially the photographs  are looking at the idea of finding  beauty in the deciduous,  the dying, the changing.

About the Artist

Diane Solomon Kempler was a professor at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia where she taught ceramic sculpture for many years. She has been a practicing artist for over thirty years, has had major exhibitions and received many awards. She has also created public art works in the United States and Bosnia. Her ceramic work focuses on the ideas of transition and transformation in the natural world as well as in humans. She has traveled extensively to such places as Mali, Turkey, Indonesia, Peru, and Nepal.  Her travels to Asia, especially Burma and India, allowed her to pursue one of her research interests, observing hand building pottery techniques that exist in rural villages.  She was awarded a Fulbright Research Scholar grant to pursue this research in India and created several films from this research.  She has participated in ceramic studio residencies in Hungary, France,  India and Denmark where she has spent time developing her ceramic and photography work.

Image detail of Books and Bundle installation, 2018-21, Clay, wood, photographs, paper, and thread
by Diane Solomon Kempler

Partial funding for the exhibition was made possible by the Fulton County Department of Arts and Culture.