Ginger Birdsey

My ceramics and paintings are concerned with a personal need to preserve a lost moment in time, an emotionally charged memory fragment to be reorganized, transformed, and protected as it rapidly moves away from us. Dolls, figures, birds and ordinary objects, gleaned from the natural environment are integrated in these recent compositions (works). Whether surrounded by a box, resting in a cradle, poised within a doorway or standing alone, these images evoke childhood innocence and safety. I am often aware that we don't hear each other in this confusing and media driven swirl of a world. The protected objects, both natural and man made are free to tell secrets and give answers to the spiritual and domestic mysteries and pleasures of daily life. It is only if we listen to the stories, can we learn from the past to understand ourselves and reflect on our place in the larger world. Storytelling was an integral part of my growing up. On any given day, my father regaled us with stories of his growing up in the 1920s and 1930s, creating toys, and inventing games, and getting into mischief of one kind or another. Conversation around my grandmother's table was boisterous where hilarity and laughter ruled. I continue the tradition of story telling, whereby layers of fragments, rich in history and memory, lay one upon the other all contributing to new reconciliations. For the last 23 years, I taught art at Paideia School in Atlanta, Georgia. The kids of all ages told the truth, participated in life to the fullest, and instinctively shared their secret worlds with me. Their gifts inform a good deal of my work. - Ginger Birdsey, dk Galllery Ceramic Artist

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