Emily Sudd: Decorative Objects

On view in Weingart Gallery from February 23 - April 11, 2015

Occidental College is pleased to present Emily Sudd: Decorative Objects, an exhibition of work by the Los Angeles-based artist. The exhibition presents eleven wall sculptures and an installation, all of which continue the artist’s ongoing dialogue with object-making and the hierarchical categorization of materials, processes, and authors. The exhibition opened on February 23 and remained on view through April 11, 2015 in the College’s Weingart Gallery. The public was invited to an opening reception on Wednesday, February 25 from 5pm to 8pm.

Emily Sudd began working with existing ceramic objects about three years ago. Collecting kitsch figurines and functional ware, Sudd combines souvenirs and thrift store finds to create unique sculptural compositions. By adjusting kiln temperatures in multiple firings, she has developed a technique that results in some objects and glazes melting and changing form while others remain whole in a process that can be seen as a collaboration between the artist, pre-existing objects, and the conditions of the firing. In Emily Sudd: Decorative Objects, the artist continues this examination with eleven wall pieces that engage in conversations surrounding abstract and still life painting, decoration, and institutional critique. For this exhibition, she has expanded the exploration of  object making, value, and authorship, and has created a large-scale sculpture using thrift store and collected paintings as building materials.  Love, 2015, takes on the form of an ocean wave made of intact paintings that crests over the gallery viewer.

Emily Sudd: Decorative Objects opens to the public on February 23 and remains on view through April 11, 2015 with gallery hours from 10am to 5pm Monday through Saturday. The public is invited to an opening reception on Wednesday, February 25 from 5pm to 8pm. The Weingart Gallery is located on the Occidental College Campus at 1600 Campus Road in Eagle Rock.

About Emily Sudd

Emily Sudd lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She holds an MFA in studio art from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Her current sculptures combine discarded ceramic objects in structures that engage in conversations with still life, narrative, and abstract painting; post-minimalist sculpture; hierarchies of materials and taste; and the role of the kitsch object. She has participated in several exhibitions at venues such Angles Gallery in Los Angeles, Sargent’s Daughters Gallery in New York, and Anat Ebgi Gallery in Los Angeles. Sudd was featured in the Ceramic Top 40 exhibition in Kansas City, MO, organized by Ferrin Contemporary. For more information about Emily Sudd, visit her website