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Artist Bio

Alice M. Yutzy, born on October 7, 1948 in Baltimore, MD spent her formative years living in Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia. From an early age Alice had an avid interest in art with drawing as one of her favorite pastimes. Graduating from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.A. in art education Alice taught art in the public school system for 39 years. The last 24 of those years Alice was very fortunate to teach what she loved: ceramics and sculpture at the high school level. Alice earned her MFA in studio art with a concentration in ceramics at Towson University in 2007. Alice lives with her husband Dee on 6 ½ wooded acres in rural southern Maryland. Their grown children, Brianna and Woody, have both chosen careers in education. An avid nature and animal lover, Alice enjoys her three cats and riding her lovely horses Thor and Tanner. Although her primary chosen media is clay, she has also worked in plaster, wood, stone, mixed-media, cast cement and lightweight concrete. Currently Alice works as a part time professor at the College of Southern Maryland teaching introductory ceramics and ceramic sculpture. Alice continues to evolve, allowing her artwork to be an expression of her inner self

 

Artist Statement

CLAY… I love its smell, its sensuous plasticity. Working with clay is symbolic of my close relationship with the earth and connection to nature. The creative process is governed by an intuitive form-based focus using the tactile manipulative quality of clay to express symbolic meaning within each piece. My intent is to use my ceramic forms in the creation of both contemplative space and expression of human conditions that serve to enrich our lives. The sculptures are described as nonobjective biomorphic forms with hints of human, animal or plant-like resemblance. These forms imbue an organic life-like quality to the wall, pedestal, floor, or garden. The variety of themes expressed are based upon an acknowledgement and expression of many universal human conditions common in life’s journey. The viewer is free to experience the sculptural forms, always having the freedom of interpretation, contemplation, or to simply enjoy the essence of the organic presence of each piece. My hope is that these pieces will convey a sense of peace and tranquility to the viewer, resulting in a uniquely personal experience for each person.


Works from 2018 to 2020

 

"Substance" "Substance"
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Substance is an experimental mixed-media piece consisting of brown outdoor sculpture clay, white wheel clay and sawdust as a temper.  The sawdust mixed with the clay made the clay body short and rough-textured.  After sculpting the rough the piece as desired, a power drill, chisels, files and carving tools were used to refine and shape the form.  The basic form was then fractured and broken.  Small platforms of outdoor sculpture clay were painted with sodium silicate and flexed to produce cracks.  The entire piece was stained with Rusty Brown Volcanic Ash Stain to accentuate the texture.

This piece is meant to depict the “gritty” and “fractured” nature of our lives.  The voids and deep crevices are symbolic of our mercurial existence as we each traverse our own unique and yet treasured life journeys. 
 

 


"Accidentally on Purpose" "Accidentally on Purpose"
(Detail)

"Commentary 1"
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"Silent Encroachment" "Layers of Existence" ""Tenuous Connection"" "A Subtle Realignment"
       
 
"Truth of Being" ""Concentric Anomalies " "Settling In"  

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"The Conversation" "The Conversation"
(detail)

Works From 2007 to 2017

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"Circle of Life"   private collection "Tipping Point,  Are We There Yet?" "Earth Altar"

     
"Tides of Fortune" view#1 "Tides of Fortune" view#2 "Tides of Fortune" detail

     

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"Going With the Flow"
private collection
"Going With the Flow" detail "Passage" 
private collection

     

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"Connections"
private collection
"Out of the Depths"  "Out of the Depths"  detail

     

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"Journey, Where are we going?"  "Emergence"  "Ode to Peter Voulkos"
(Maquette)
private collection 

     
     

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"Essence-wall tile"
private collection
"Essence-wall relief"
private collection
"Essence-wall relief"
(detail)

     
     

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"Continuum-wall tile"
 
"Continuum-wall relief"
 
"Continuum-wall relief"
(detail)

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"Metamorphosis"
wall relief
"Metamorphosis"
(detail)

 

 
"Bridging the Gap"
 
"Bridging the Gap"
(detail)

 
"All that Glitters" grouping
stoneware, glaze

private collection

 
       

 
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private collection
 
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private collection
untitled 03
private collection
untitled 04
private collection

 

 

 

 

"Along the Way"
wall relief
"Along the Way"
(detail)

     


"Precious Journey"
private collection

"Mother and Child"
private collection

"Family Group"
private collection


 

 



"Take a Chance"
 

"Take a Chance"
(detail)



 

   

"DejŠ Vu"
wall relief

"DejŠ Vu"
(detail)



 

 


 


 

"Interlude"
wall relief
"Interlude"
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"Lay of the Land"
wall relief
"Lay of the Land"
(detail)
 

 


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"Ancient Memory" "Ancient Memory"
(detail)

 

 


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"Undercurrents" "Undercurrents" ((detail)

 

 


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"Evolution"
wall relief
"Evolution"
(detail)

 


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