And now: Satterfield's 'And then, I:" closes out at the Cox Center | Rock Candy

Friday, June 19, 2015

And now: Satterfield's 'And then, I:" closes out at the Cox Center

Posted By on Fri, Jun 19, 2015 at 4:12 PM

click to enlarge Grouping 3 of women in a pivotal moment, by Barbara Satterfield.
  • Grouping 3 of women in a pivotal moment, by Barbara Satterfield.
click to enlarge Grouping 3 from another angle.
  • Grouping 3 from another angle.

The  tour of Barbara Satterfield's ceramic sculpture installation, "And then, I: Monuments to Pivotal Moments," is wrapping up with a final showing at the Cox Creative Center, 120 River Market Ave. Receptions Saturday, June 20, at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. will feature live improvisations based on tour feedback, as well as refreshments and an opportunity to add your comments to those received from viewers around the state.

Satterfield has a story herself about her groupings: Here's one about the one above (and find images of other groupings and other stories at the link). She won a $10,000 grant from the Mid-America Arts Alliance to tour the installation, which has has been to several cities in Arkansas. Her show at the Cox includes all four of the groupings she created for the project. Here's her statement on the impetus for "And then, I:"


All of us, of any gender or persuasion, have observed groups of women: from family get-togethers, to church committees, to volunteer projects, to work environments, to social situations. We are familiar with the conversations and stories that weave magic or mayhem, solace or strain, affirmation or rejection. We’re familiar with the pauses or silences that speak truer than words. Most of us can recall a family or friend storyteller, counselor, critic, instigator, partner-in-crime, or pacifist. All of us, of any gender or persuasion, have had similar conversations with the same range of results. I am compelled to explore the moments in those conversations at a pivotal moment, where the group dynamic reveals an opportunity for realization and growth.

And then, I… honors the communication among women because that process has been my equivalent of research: an idea or hypothesis is presented, reactions are tested, either a static situation continues or a pivotal moment occurs. Either way, knowledge results and a decision or new understanding can begin to take form. The act of communicating acculturates us and helps us navigate our life decisions. If we are fortunate, those on our research team are able and caring. I am not particularly good at it. Good conversations are unpredictable entities that require attention and energy to navigate and nurture. I’m fortunate to have friends who are uniquely adept: And then, I…Monuments to Pivotal Moments is dedicated to them with grateful appreciation.


The sculptures — about 3 feet tall — are really wonderfully wrought images of women in conversation, and quite a departure from Satterfield's (also wonderful) glazed white vessels in which she incorporates natural artifacts. The artist is also someone you'd like to have a conversation with. You have that opportunity Saturday at the Center.

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