Another Crossing: Artists Revisit the Mayflower Voyage
May 2, 2020 - September 20, 2020
Fuller Craft Museum presents Another Crossing: Artists Revisit the Mayflower Voyage, an exhibition recognizing the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower crossing and its significance to American and world history.
Developed in partnership with Fuller Craft Museum, Plymouth College of Art, and The Box (previously referred to as the Plymouth History Centre in Plymouth, England), Another Crossing brings together ten artists from the United States and Europe for a global, cross-cultural effort that examines a pivotal event in world history.
In 2018, guest curator Glenn Adamson selected ten artists to participate in the project with the charge that only 17th century technology and processes be used in the creation of the objects. To fuel and inspire the work development, the artists and project partners will participate in two research trips—the first to Plymouth, England in March 2019, followed by Plymouth, Massachusetts in April 2019. These immersive experiences will create a sense of communion amongst the artists while providing important scholarly and technical information to inform the development of the work.
These resulting artworks will illustrate exceptional technical skill, while also speaking to the social realities behind the material culture, and the examination of the Mayflower crossing through a contemporary lens. For some, the Mayflower voyage and subsequent settlement of Plymouth Colony is a treasured historical event, while for others, the colonization and treatment of the Wampanoag peoples illustrate imperialism and cultural ruin. Through Another Crossing, the artists will respond to this complex part of our history and its impact on our culture over the last four centuries.
Another Crossing: Artists Revisit the Mayflower Voyage is offered in conjunction with the initiatives of Plymouth 400 (https://plymouth400inc.org/), a nonprofit organization created to highlight the cultural impact of this 400-year anniversary through exhibitions, programming, and other relevant events.
The following artists are featured in Another Crossing (in alphabetical order):
Annette Bellamy, United States
Based in Halibut Cove, Alaska, Annette Bellamy has had success as both a commercial fisher and artist. She works with clay and fish skin to create large-scale sculptural work and smaller ceramic forms. In her estimation, her dual careers are deeply connected: “Life on the water and life making art fuel each other. I value the physicality of both as well as the dependence upon my hands, the importance of timing, the work ethic and tools required, and the reflection afforded.”
Along with the inspiration she receives from her surroundings, her expertise and growth as an artist has been influenced and transformed through extensive travel and residencies. Bellamy’s work has been exhibited across the country in both group and solo formats, such as the exhibition Floating at Fuller Craft Museum in 2014, which was also shown at the Anchorage Museum. http://annettebellamy.com
Sonya Clark, United States
Sonya Clark is deeply engaged in African American history and culture, and uses a mix of installation art and textiles to explore issues of race, history, and contemporary culture. She is well known for her Hair Craft project, as well as an ongoing series of engagements with flags in American history. In the work Unraveling, she invited visitors to join her in unpicking a Confederate flag, thread by thread.
Clark’s work has been in over 300 exhibitions, and is part of permanent collections both in the United States and abroad. ClaSherk received her BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago, where she studied under Nick Cave, and her MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. She currently serves as Professor of Art at Amherst College, and was previously the Chair of the Craft/Material Studies Department at Virginia Commonwealth University. http://sonyaclark.com/
David Clarke, United Kingdom
The leading conceptual metalsmith in the United Kingdom, David Clarke is particularly known for his postmodern recombination of existing historic objects. These deft re-arrangements often see the objects taking on lifelike, psychological qualities. Clarke primarily works in pewter, a key material for everyday use in the 17th century, and the artist has done a fascinating series of sculptural works in which metal is exposed to salt, sugar, and other substances. These objects are infused with humor and subversion, provoking conversations about both historical traditions and contemporary culture.
A graduate of the Royal College of Art, he has been a lecturer in Europe, Asia, and North America, and was the recipient of the Sotheby’s Award in both 2007 and 2010. His work is included in many of the finest public and private collections in the world. http://misterclarke.wordpress.com
Michelle Erickson, United States
Michelle Erickson is a scholar and celebrated ceramist, whose work involves deep research into historic techniques. This interest was sparked early on by her exposure to Native American, Asian, British, and other European pottery unearthed in the “historic triangle” of Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown, Virginia.
Through her command of colonial era ceramic methods, Erickson crafts contemporary recreations—sometimes even direct replicas—of 17th and 18th century objects; she also repurposes this vocabulary to illuminate contemporary political, social, and environmental realities. As she states, “I use the depth of history through the art of making to draw parallels through time. . . I make objects of the past from an imagined future in the present.” Erickson has lectured and demonstrated her work at venues in both the United States and abroad, and is part of numerous museum collections. www.michelleericksonceramics.com
Jeffrey Gibson, United States
Jeffrey Gibson’s rawhide paintings, totemic sculptures, “atmospheric landscapes,” and other works contain allusions to his own indigenous heritage – he is part Choctaw and part Cherokee – as well as to mass consumerism and popular culture. He often combines craft techniques associated with Native Traditions with other materials, such as Everlast punching bags. His multidisciplinary practice is deeply layered, often autobiographical in emphasis, and includes abstract sculpture, video, performance art, painting, printmaking, and beadwork, amongst other media.
Gibson received his BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago and MFA from the Royal College of Art. He recently has been the subject of exhibitions at the Denver Art Museum and Wellin Museum of Art, and was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. www.jeffreygibson.net
Jasleen Kaur, United Kingdom
Jasleen Kaur is a Scottish-Indian artist whose multidisciplinary practice explores the malleability of culture and the layering of social histories within materials, objects, and daily routines. Raised in a Sikh household in Glasgow, Kaur’s experiences in her family hardware store business were an early influence on the way she perceives the value of materials. She continues to explore this theme in her practice today, exploring how making connects to cultural identity and social history.
Kaur was trained in silversmithing, metalwork, and jewelry at the Glasgow School of Art and Royal College of Art. Today, she maintains her studio practice in London while serving as a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art. Kaur was part of Jerwood Makers 2015, a biennial competition aimed to promote the significance of making and materiality within the visual arts. http://jasleenkaur.co.uk
Christien Meindertsma, Netherlands
Christien Meindertsma is a high-profile Dutch designer with a particular engagement with issues of sustainability and skills preservation. With a strong emphasis on process, her artistic investigations thoroughly explore the life cycle of products such as textiles, and the implications on raw materials. Meindertsma acts as part artist, part investigator, and part documentarian; her past projects have involved the cataloguing and photography of hundreds—sometimes thousands—of objects in her efforts to illustrate the implications and effects of relationships between sources and consumers.
A graduate of the Eindhoven Design Academy, Meindertsma has received wide acclaim for her work, and has exhibited across Europe. In addition, her work can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Victoria & Albert Museum (London) and Vitra Design Museum (Germany). http://christienmeindertsma.com
Jonathan James Perry, United States
Jonathan James Perry is a practitioner of various Wampanoag craft and art techniques, particularly in the areas of stone and woodcarving. His deep respect for such practices comes from a reverence for his own heritage and the knowledge of his ancestors; his work explores changes in the natural world since Creation, as well as the realities of living in 21st century society.
Perry’s art weaves together Wampanoag stories and symbols, particularly the imagery and experience of being near the ocean. He has also spent the last 25 years working as a dancer, singer, and speaker. His performances and talks have been hosted at venues such as the National Museum of the American Indian (DC) and the Peabody Essex Museum (MA). www.jonathanjamesperry.com
Katie Schwab, United Kingdom
Katie Schwab is an intuitive sculptor skilled in several disciplines, including ceramics, woodwork, and textiles. She explores personal, social, and craft-based histories, often attending to marginalized and overlooked traditions of making. Schwab’s recent work investigates the experience of shared space, as in her 2016 project Together in a Room—an installation of furniture, ceramics, textiles, and video that explored the tension between public and private space, through an evocative integration of design, color, and domestic objects.
Schwab received her BA from Goldsmiths College (London) and MFA from the Glasgow School of Art, and her work has been on view in numerous exhibitions in the United Kingdom over the past five years. www.katieschwab.com
Allison Smith, United States
Allison Smith is a performance artist and sculptor whose cross-temporal practice is embedded in early American history. She often develops relationships with traditional makers as a way of exploring the history and resonant effects of material culture, spotlighting difficult issues in our nation’s past. Smith’s historical re-enactments invite viewers to revise their own perceptions of this history.
An intelligent and articulate spokeswoman for contemporary art as a hybrid practice, Smith is Head of Sculpture at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, and her work is in the collections of nearly forty public institutions. www.allisonsmithstudio.com
Another Crossing would not be possible without the generous sponsorship of the Joan Pearson Watkins Trust, Princess Yachts, Caroline R. Graboys Fund, and Jonathan Leo Fairbanks Exhibition Fund. We also thank our Program Sponsors: Plymouth Center for the Arts, Plymouth 400th, Pilgrim Hall Museum, and Plymouth Antiquarian Society. Furthermore, Fuller Craft Museum would like to thank its project partners the Plymouth College of Art and The Box for all of their efforts and collaborative spirit in developing Another Crossing: Artists Revisit the Mayflower Voyage.
Another Crossing: Artists Revisit the Mayflower Voyage is funded in part by the following cultural councils: Abington, Brockton, Carver, East Bridgewater, Foxborough, Halifax, Hanson, Hingham, Holbrook, Middleborough, Raynham, Scituate, Taunton, and Whitman. These local agencies support the arts with funding provided by Massachusetts Cultural Council. We are grateful for their support.