10 @ BNIM presents Amy Lenharth’s show of New Works

Artist’s Statement:
Many cultures contain stories that revolve around the concept of the Axis Mundi (sometimes called the World Tree) which is a vertical unseen connection between the underworld, the physical realm, and the heavens. The idea of the axis mundi is found in many cultures and illustrates not just a physical journey, but a psychological one. We travel the axis mundi constantly, each new moment a death and a rebirth. Old ideas and identities fade, while new realizations take hold. We die and are reborn on many levels all the time.

Amy is inspired by ancient church spires and Islamic minarets that are physical representations of the Axis Mundi. Worn surfaces, peeling paint, and rust that reflect the passage of time and repeated use hold the most interest for her.

Her spires are slipcast from molds made of old light fixtures. Slipcasting allows her to make “ghosts” of the original object, which are then assembled to create an interpretation of the Axis Mundi.

Artist’s Bio:
Amy Lenharth began working in clay 15 years ago and was instantly infatuated with the material. She started as a functional potter, participating in local art shows and exhibits. In 2004, she decided to pursue art more seriously and entered the ceramics program at the Kansas City Art Institute. Amy graduated in May of 2007 with a double major in ceramics and art history. Recently, she received her MFA in ceramics from the University of Kansas. She has also studied at the International Ceramics Studio in Keschemet Hungary and at Pilchuck Glass school in Washington state.

Amy's ceramic work has been shown nationally and can be seen in several books and magazines including Studio Potter magazine, Clay Times magazine, China Ceramics Illustrated, the Lark 500 series books and others. She spends her time teaching ceramics and art, working in her studio, and hiking in the woods.

Please see Amy’s website for more about her work:
http://www.amylenharth.com/

Artist reception: Friday, March 2, 5-7p.m.
Please join us to celebrate this artist and her beautiful work!
106 W. 14th Street (the Historic Power and Light Building on the corner of Baltimore)
Kansas City, Missouri