Jennifer O’Connell Reid of Wilton is one of 42 new members of the Silvermine Arts Center to participate in an exhibition that opens with a public reception on Sunday, Jan. 13, from 2 to 4. The New Members Exhibition will be on view through Feb. 6.
Reid is a ceramic sculptor and educator. After receiving an MFA from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2018 and a BFA from The University of North Carolina at Asheville, she returned to her home state of Connecticut. She is a K-8 art teacher at Fraser Woods Montessori School.
Reid has exhibited at a number of venues such as the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Silvermine Galleries, and the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art.
Of her art she said, “Flowers are clever, alluring, complex beings whose beauty has transfixed entire cultures and species. I explore this phenomenon of botanical enrapture through the making of sculptural vessels.
“The objects I create are an attempt to ground abstractions of desire and intimacy. I work with typologies of the vessel form and histories of floral ornament and distill essential parts into sculpture. As I build with terracotta press-molded flowers and porcelain paper-clay flowers, decoration dances between form and surface. The work allows me to direct a rhythm between object and body.”
According to a press release, criteria for members of the Silvermine Guild of Artists include excellence of technique; cultural or social relevance, clarity and continuity of style, and professional accomplishment. These artists have exhibited their work regionally or nationally. They join a group of professional artists comprised of more than 300 members who work in a wide array of media and are represented in museums and private and corporate collections.
The arts center is at 1037 Silvermine Road in New Canaan. Information: silvermineart.org or 203-966-7000, ext. 20.