Lanesboro Arts presents “Anthropocene,” an exhibition featuring artwork from ceramicist Glynnis Lessing. This show is open and runs through October 18, 2020. This gallery exhibition features ceramic works by Glynnis Lessing, exploring the artist’s perspectives on how animals adapt to an environment altered by the human species during the Anthropocene geological age (defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “the period of time during which human activities have had an environmental impact on the Earth regarded as constituting a distinct geological age”). The ways in which animals adapt captivates Lessing’s imagination and sparks much of her work, such as how crows use traffic patterns to crack nuts and carpet beetles have evolved to camouflage themselves against rugs. Lessing’s fanciful imaginings become the subject of her functional pottery, focusing on the reciprocal relationships between humankind, animals, and the environment.
In regard to her artistic inspiration, Lessing explains, “…the surface decoration is often a reflection of my love of nature and the profound restorative power of being outside. I want to share the pleasure I take in noticing the pattern of leaves, how a bird balances on a reed, the silhouettes of trees just after sundown. These things will nourish just like the food that is served or made in my pots.”
COVID-19 Update: The health of our visitors, staff, and volunteers is at the forefront of our minds at Lanesboro Arts. Taking this into account, the Lanesboro Arts Gallery is open to the public only on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., to ensure the continued health and safety of the community. Masks are required in the gallery. We will continue to carefully monitor this public health situation and adjust as necessary to fit within sanitary and socially distanced guidelines.
About the artist
Glynnis Lessing is a Minnesota based ceramicist, who holds a BFA degree from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. She was introduced to the art of ceramics at the age of nine and learned to throw under the tutelage of a Japanese potter at Carleton College. Much of her works include sgraffito on thrown porcelain. Lessing began participating in various shows and art fairs on a full-time basis since 2008, as well as teaching at the Northern Clay Center since 2012. She spends her time crafting her artwork at her studio, which is located in her grandfather’s old milking parlor on an ancestral farm.
This exhibit is sponsored by Inspire(d) Magazine and is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. For more information visit www.lanesboroarts.org, call (507) 467-2446 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Handicapped accessible and free to the public, the exhibition gallery is located at 103 Parkway Avenue North in Lanesboro, Minn.