Rebecca Potts

October 16 to December 8, 2023

Rebecca Potts is a multidisciplinary artist who mines materials to create sculptures that find connections between seemingly opposed concepts, like sculpture and painting or figuration and abstraction. Potts is particularly inspired by mythology, mysticism, and alchemy.

Potts is based in New York City. She earned her MFA in sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art and her BFA in sculpture from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has participated in the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture residency. Exhibitions include Franklin Parrach Gallery (New York, NY; 2008), Feature, Inc. (New York, NY; 2011) , and PSOT (Brooklyn, NY; 2017).

During her GHP residency, Potts will consider the Greek myth of Medusa and her transformation from dangerous monster in life to a tool of divine protection in death. Potts is particularly compelled to pursue this project in clay because of the transfiguration clay undergoes during the firing process. Not only does this material change reflect the stone-turning gaze of the living medusa, but the way clay transforms from fragile to strong in the kiln also reflects the way medusa went from being a vulnerable mortal to providing powerful protection for the goddess Athena.

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