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"Shift: Charlotte Meyer and Maria Phillips"
2005-01-15 until 2005-02-06
William Traver Gallery - Tacoma
Tacoma, WA, USA United States of America

William Traver is pleased to present Shift, a collaborative exhibit featuring Charlotte Meyer and Maria Phillips.   Both artists are known for their sculptural works dealing with the body and nature.  Shift  is the result of an evolving conversation between the artists about the cultural iconography surrounding women’s lives, the human body and natural forms. The exhibit is a three-dimensional manifestation of their ongoing conversation. The title also refers to their intense collaboration and its affects on their ideas and art processes.  

The main element in Shift is a large piece titled “Internal Diversions”, made of glass, steel and silver.  This meticulous hanging sculpture symbolizes both organic systems and physical ornamentation.  The viewer is reflected in its many mirrored orbs, transforming the work from a conceptual self-portrait of the artists into real life images of the viewer.

Charlotte Meyer’s first solo exhibit with the William Traver Gallery was in 2003.  Originally from England, she holds a B.A. in textile design from Nottingham Trent University.  She is a scholarship recipient at Pratt Fine Arts Center (including the Simpson/Northwest Designer Craftsmen Award in Jewelry, the Jon and Mary Shirley Scholarship in Glass, and the PONCHO Artist in Residence Award) and also at the Pilchuck Glass School.  She has received the Artist Trust GAP Grant, a Fellowship at the Creative Glass Center of America, and was an Artist in Residence at Kohler Arts Center.

Meyer has had solo exhibits at Jenkins Johnson Gallery in San Francisco and has been in numerous group shows including SoFA Chicago with Jenkins Johnson Gallery and Glass Connections at Facere Jewelry Art Gallery in Seattle. Her work has been featured in numerous publications including New Glass, American Craft, and Metalsmith magazines.

Maria Phillips holds a B.A. from Loyola University in New Orleans and a Master of Fine Art from the University of Washington.  Her solo exhibits include Augment at Susan Cummins Gallery in Mill Valley, California, as well as shows at Kent State University and the Stix Friedman Gallery at the Craft Alliance in St. Louis.  She has been in many group exhibits including Collect at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Building Tradition  at Tacoma Art Museum, On the Edge  at Facere Jewelry Art Gallery, and Alternative Materials (Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston).  

Phillips has received several honors and awards including the American Craft Council’s Emerging Artist Award and the Award for Excellence at the Smithsonian Craft Show.  

Charlotte Meyer
40"h x 90"w x 6"d
lead crystal, steel

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