October 2013

Sue-Del McCulloch
and Katy McFadden

Human. Nature.

Large scale works in ceramic sculpture and landscape painting

Oct 2, 2013 – Nov 3, 2013

Preview Reception: December 1st, 5-9pm
First Thursday Reception:
December 2nd, 6-9pm
Artist’s Talk: December 11th, 11am

Sue-Del McCulloch is a painter working in a range of subjects and media with a concentration in regional landscapes in oil or acrylic on canvas. McCulloch’s landscapes explore light and the effects of light in organizing earth, air and water into image and atmosphere. One reviewer described her landscapes as filled with “lush luminosity; mysterious and powerful. In each work, one finds an animated dialogue between light and dark, atmosphere and earth, and a reverence for the emerging form.

Sue-Del McCulloch grew up in eastern Oregon where her feelings for great open spaces, light, sky and rocks were nurtured. In recent years her studio has been sited on a hillside in country with an expansive view of sky, providing constant exposure to the phases of illumination, weather and season that inform her work. McCulloch was a painting major at the University of Oregon; later studying with master landscape artist Carl Hall at Willamette University. Her work is in public and private collections across the nation. Sue-Del McCulloch is a member of Waterstone Gallery in Portland’s Pearl District and is represented by Mary Lou Zeek Gallery in Salem, Oregon. She can be contacted through the galleries or by e-mail.

Katy McFadden, ceramic sculptor writes: “Earth, air, water, and fire – all play equal parts in this ancient ritual of the transformation of clay in ‘hard things’. My professor told me years ago ‘this is the second oldest occupation known to mankind’. My work with these elements, especially the wood fire, connects me with our history, our present and our future. It reawakens over and over again the innate power of the bigger forces of nature. I am happy to play a small part in this accelerated geologic process.

I believe art is a universal language which stands outside of time. My own philosophy is deeply rooted in childhood experiences of the changing of tides and seasons. I was raised on the New Jersey coast and spent my summers swimming and fishing, hence an awareness of a connection to the cycles of nature and myself. Generations upon generations have come before me. Human consciousness includes this history like a fingerprint. We are voices for a short period of time. The work of the artists is the thread that marks our time. This thread is the spirit, the magic, the mystery of human understanding in its pursuit of communication. It is like the tide constantly changing.”