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‘From the Ashes’ exhibit opens at 4 Elements Studio

Posted 9/8/22

4 Elements Studio, 1607 Genesee St., will have local artist Kayla J. Spivey’s solo exhibition, “From the Ashes,” on display from Sept. 6 through Oct. 14.

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‘From the Ashes’ exhibit opens at 4 Elements Studio

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UTICA — 4 Elements Studio, 1607 Genesee St., will have local artist Kayla J. Spivey’s solo exhibition, “From the Ashes,” on display from Sept. 6 through Oct. 14.

A closing reception will take place on Oct. 7. All events are free.

“From the Ashes” represents the metaphorical concept of grief as a transformative experience. Turning the pain of love with nowhere to go into something more beautiful — like a phoenix rising from the ashes.

The centerpiece of Spivey’s exhibition is Memorial, a deconstructed quilt created from a collection of porcelain tiles infused with her late mother’s ashes. Acrylic ink is used to color each tile, highlighting the intricate details of various fabric patterns that have been hand pressed into the clay.

Spivey is an emerging artist, with a current focus in ceramic installation arts, who lives and works in Utica. A native of Camden, her work is driven by the need to create a physical recapitulation of the spectrum of human emotions. She took her first introduction to wheel throwing class at 4 Elements Studio in the fall of 2019, followed by a few semesters of community education ceramics at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, and is a current artist in residence at 4 Elements Studio. She works professionally as a scientific writer for Thermo Fisher Scientific.

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