Celebrate the opening of INTERMOLECULAR FORCES: Paper Works by Melissa Jay Craig & Amy Richard and Play: Books as Toys and Toys as Books. Hors d'oeuvres and light refreshments will be served and as always, this opening is free + open to all!
— Play: Books as Toys and Toys as Books
October 20 — November 18
Play asks you to step away from your cellphones and televisions and tune into your childish spirit to imagine, create, build, move and interact with books as toys and toys as books. This exhibition is a collaboration with Art Books Cleveland designed to challenge and reimagine the concept of books.
This exhibition is part of the Morgan’s participation in this year’s Octavofest, Northeast Ohio’s celebration of book and paper arts. This exhibition is offered in conjunction with a wide array of book and paper arts activities throughout the region during October and beyond. Exhibits, workshops, and demonstrations are being added regularly to the schedule, which can be seen at octavofest.com.
Play features artist books by Margaret Bakke, Bette Bonder, Diane Britt, Phyllis Brody, Sarah Clague, Susie Cobbledick, Bonné de Blas, Sean Dryoff, Gene Epstein, Jane Hammond, Clarissa Jakobsons, Laura Martin, Rachel Morris, Melissa O’Grady, Wendy Partridge, Carole Phipps, Cris Takacs, Anne Weissman, Tony Williams and Shari Wolf.
— INTERMOLECULAR FORCES: Paper Works by Melissa Jay Craig and Amy Richard
October 20 — November 18
Like the intermolecular forces within cellulose fibers, the friendship and resulting creative bond between artists Melissa Jay Craig and Amy Richard was predictable. Richard, a recent MFA graduate, sought out Craig as a mentor for her sculptural thesis work in 2016. Within minutes of meeting in Craig’s Chicago studio, the two recognized similarities in their investigative approach and ideas and knew the short-term apprenticeship would begin a meaningful dialogue. They’ve stayed in touch ever since.
Grounded in Eastern papermaking sensibilities, both consider their work a response to the profound energy exhibited in nature. Craig’s lifelong fascination with the forms and functions of fungi, lichens and various plants led to an exploration of the possibilities of plant languages, and to speculation about messages they may be attempting to extend to humans, even at the cellular level.
Sharing Craig’s enthusiasm for the elegant patterns and structures found in nature, Richard explored similar ideas in her thesis work, Drawing from the Book of Nature. Captivated by the natural relics she collects and studies, Richard’s work speaks to the metaphysical energy perceived in the organisms, even after life has expired. For both artists, the cryptic messages emitted in nature serve as daily reminders of our interbeing* with one other and the environment, as well as our own tenuous existence on this planet.
*a term coined by Vietnamese monk and Zen master, Thich Nhat Hanh