Prolonged escapes to wild and remote places perpetuates the conceptual backbone for my work. Exploring desert landscapes, endless oceans, ice lagoons and lush forests, I constantly seek to immerse myself within these places - whether virtually, in physical, present-time, or somewhere in between. I identify with the theories of Jane Bennett, presented in her book Vibrant Matter, recognizing that objects in our periphery maintain more of a liveliness than we credit, and that those things have an ability to affect our experiences within a place. I focus on the notion of such animate qualities and how they accumulate to compose the atmosphere of a natural place. By over emphasizing a sense of movement and otherness in my ceramic forms, I imagine their potential to exist within a future memory or parallel environment. These amorphous shapes are integrated with video projections or screens and synthetic mixed materials such as acrylic glass, resin and epoxy clay. While the social construct of “Nature” is well worn, the way in which we view the natural world is constantly evolving. In terms of perception, there is a slippery merger between the malleable nature of video and clay alongside the impressionable nature of both our environments and ourselves.
Aimee Odum is a visual artist, curator, and professor residing in Brooklyn, New York. She received her MFA in Studio Art from University of Arkansas, Fayetteville where she was the Director of sUgAR Gallery and sUgAR Vision, an Internet and televised art platform. Odum recently curated Vibrant Things for Jane Hartsook Gallery, Greenwich House Pottery, New York and served on the Organizational Committee for Nasty Women, NYC, which presented its inaugural event January 2017. Invited to speak about her work, Odum participated in the symposium Local Views in conjunction with the State of the Art exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at locations such as Satellite Art Show (Miami, Florida with Arts+Leisure); The Living Art Museum (Reykjavik, Iceland); Mengi (Reykjavik, Iceland); Random Access Gallery, Syracuse University, (Syracuse, New York); Negar Art Gallery, (Tehran, Iran); Hectoliter, (Brussels, Belgium); and GRIN, (Providence, Rhode Island). Recipient of the Sturgis International Fellowship, Odum was a Visiting Artist at Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2015 and participated in the DNA Summer Residency in 2017. She currently teaches ceramics at Suffolk County Community College and New Jersey City University.
Experience the art of Aimee Odum in Peripheral Vision No. 8
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