Amanda Jaffe & Suzanne Kane

AMANDA JAFFE, SUZANNE KANE

December 11, 2015 - January 23, 2016
Gallery Opening Reception: Friday, December 11, 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Amanda Jaffe is inspired by her parallel existence living in both Helena, Montana and Las Cruces, New Mexico. Each  piece presented in this body of work illustrates this duality, and her desire to exist in both places at the same time. The radically distinct landscapes and environments of her two homes become her contrasting imagery: hot vs. cold, muted vs. vibrant, lush greens vs. the muted shades and bright colors of blooming desert plants.

Amanda received her BFA in Ceramics at Indiana University, Bloomington and her MFA in Ceramics at the University of Montana, Missoula. After 26 years of teaching at New Mexico State University she retired in 2011, and is currently Professor Emeritus at NMSU. She has exhibited extensively, and her work is included in numerous public and private collections.

Suzanne Kane is inspired by the Chihuahuan Desert. Her sculptural forms reflect the tenacious plants and seeds that survive this seemingly inhospitable landscape. She is attracted to their resilience, toughness, persistence, durability and adaptability. The work is constructed from welded steel combined with high fire stoneware forms. She uses traditional glazing as well as post firing surfaces such as auto body paint and flocking.  

Suzanne has a BFA from Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, and an MFA in ceramics from New Mexico State University, Las Cruces. She has exhibited extensively, and her work is included in numerous public and private collections. She is currently a lecturer in Ceramics at the University of Texas in El Paso.

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