Exhibition: Cary Esser: Second Surface

KCAI’s very own Kathleen Collins Chair of Ceramics Cary Esser recently displayed a new body of work from her Parfleche series at the Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art Gallery.  The show ran from February 2nd through March 24th.


Parfleche (b71), 2017, earthenware and glaze, 7  x 5  x 1 ½. Photography by: E.G. Schempf

Esser explores the aesthetic and technical edge of possibility within the medium in her new series of wall reliefs, The Second Surface. Esser’s inspiration for this series comes from two sources, the experience of visiting the ancient caves of Cappadocia, Turkey and of seeing historic examples of the Native American Parfleche, softened rectangles of folded hide that form carrying cases. Motivated by the history, a sense of enclosure and mystery, and the experience of light and shadow, Esser has created her own Parfleche series of envelope-like forms that are both strong yet vulnerable.

– Sherry Leddy


Parfleche (w53), 2017, earthenware and glaze, 7  x 5  x 1. Photography by: E.G. Schempf