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By Kathleen Cammarata

An anomaly deviates from what is normal or expected and is not easily classified. In art, an anomaly refers to an element or a relationship that differs from the other dominating features of the painting or sculpture. Maureen Morris and Kathleen Cammarata are addressing this difference in an exhibition playing off each other’s work.

Morris is a ceramic artist who has lived and worked in San Miguel for ten years. She works in a studio with other ceramicists, sharing ideas and inspirations as well as formulas and techniques. Her sculptures are made with paper clay or other clays that are very thin but strong. Paper clay, sometimes referred to as fiber clay, is any clay body to which processed cellulose fiber has been added (paper being the most common).

Morris’s concoctions are organic vessels with strange appendages. The configuration these biological growths take is leaf or petal shaped, but the final piece is a quirky twist on nature. One will not see a plant here. The insides of the pots are slick lipstick red like wailing mouths. The outsides are lily white or gunmetal gray, sprouting a colony of forms. Bowls these are not.

Cammarata is a painter and draftsman. Her paintings address a whirlwind of the world in flux. In a numbered series of drawings titled Experiments, there coexist three elements: the scientific container, the plant, and the animal part. In “Experiment #3” a beaker is pouring fire into a vessel engraved with tree limbs while a sea creature lurks in the background. Large drawings are a menagerie of invented organic forms, migrations of strange butterflies, and pea pods taking flight. Landscapes these are not.

Come investigate this collection of work on Sunday, November 12, from 2–4pm at Esperanza Studio, Alameda 6, Colonia San Antonio. If using Google type in Alameda 5.


Art Exhibition


Work by Maureen Morris and Kathleen Cammarata

Sun, Nov 12, 2–4pm

Alameda 6, Colonia San Antonio



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