March 4 - May 26, 2019
Art Case, C Waiting Lounge
Suzanne Sidebottom's first 22 years in life were spent in
Nashville, Tenn. Her life changed when she studied clay with world-class artist
Sylvia Hyman at Peabody College.
Today, her "trompe l'oeil" work features everyday objects
realistically crafted from clay and printed with underglazes using antique and
artist-designed printing blocks and artist-made decals. She has exhibited in 59
juried and invitational exhibitions across the U.S. over the past six years, was published in "500 Prints on Clay: An Inspiring Collection of Image Transfer
Work," and has sculptures in numerous private collections. Her work is best
described by art critic Jo Anne Triplett, who wrote, "Sidebottom's work needs
yellow caution tape around it, stamped with the warning: 'This object is not as
About Clay that Deceives the Eye
Is it real, or is it a trick of the eye? "Trompe l'oeil"
is the art of illusion, a game that artists play with viewers to challenge
their ideas about the nature of art and perception.
Sidebottom states, "To a casual observer, my sculptures,
such as a toppled cardboard box overflowing with trash, a crossword puzzle,
newspaper clippings, paintbrushes, a book or old nails, all appear to be real.
In actuality, they are made of clay. I want the viewer to interact with my
pieces, to touch them, to feel them, to take a second glance and discover it's
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