Margaret Keelan

 

Margaret Keelan Little Dancer with Bird Margaret Keelan Little Dancer with Moth Margaret Keelan Hand Dance

Keelan’s figurative sculptures confront issues of mortality, decay, beauty, aging and innocence.  The faces are based on nineteenth century dolls, yet their contemporary styling and decayed surfaces disconnect them from time and place.  What was once clean and crisp has given way to something more complex and textured.  Set with snakes, hummingbirds, butterflies and strawberries, the figures hint at a narrative of natural and magical forces.  Joanne Dickson wrote, “The work is rich with paradox.  There is at once a feeling that these were treasured possessions, perhaps even ritual objects, at the same time they appear to have been created carelessly and discarded.  The figures endure despite their apparent fragility.”

Keelan is the Associate Director of the School of Sculpture at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California where she also teaches ceramics.

Education
1976   MFA, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
1997   BFA, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada

Selected Exhibitions
2013  Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2012  Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburg, PA
          Red Dot Art Fair, Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO
          NCECA, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA
          Grover Thurston Gallery, Seattle, WA
          SOFA Chicago, Duane Reed Gallery
2011  SOFA New York, Duane Reed Gallery
          Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID
          Sonoma Community Center, Sonoma, CA
2010  John Natsoulas Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
          Bergelli Gallery, Larkspur, CA
          Pacini Lubel Gallery, Seattle, WA
          Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, OH
          Projects Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2009  Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO
          Palm Beach 3, Duane Reed Gallery
          SOFA New York, La Coste Gallery, NYC
          SOFA West Santa Fe, Duane Reed Gallery
          Pacini Lubel Gallery, Seattle, WA
2008  Westchester Arts Council, White Plains, NY
          Pacini Lubel Gallery, Seattle, WA
2008  The Grand Ceramics Theater, International
          Museum of Applied Arts, Turin, Italy
          Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
2007  Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
2007  American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA
          Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
          John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA
          Turman Larison Contemporary, Helena, MT
2006  Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
          Pacini Lubel Gallery, Seattle, WA

Selected Publications
2012   Ceramics and the Human Experience, Edith Garcia
2011    New Ceramics, May/June issue
2008   Western Art and Architecture, Winter/Spring
2007   Ceramics: Art and Perception, December
2004   500 Figures in Clay: Ceramic Artists Celebrate the Human Form, Lark Books
2003   Working with Clay, Susan Peterson, Prentice Hall, 2000 and 2003

 

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