October 5- 28, 2017

Southern Exposure: Flora and Fauna

by Kelley E. Foy and Novie Trump

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 5, 7-9pm, during Scottsdale’s ArtWalk

Both artists will be available for conversation.

Closing Reception: Thursday, October 26, 7-9pm, during Scottsdale’s ArtWalk

Artists Statement:

Opening on October 5, Tilt Gallery presents “Southern Exposure,” a two-person exhibition of ceramic works by designer Kelley E. Foy and installation artist Novie Trump. Throughout their lives both artists, currently based in the Southwest, have been influenced by living in the southern states. The contrast of the Southwest and the New South, places and experiences shared by both artists, spurred the Southern Exposure collaboration.

Kelley E. Foy is a maker and master craftsman. After more than 20 years as a furniture designer revealing the possibilities of handcrafted wood and steel, she has made her way back to her origins in clay. In the spaces between, she has explored the food culture phenomena from the inside out as the owner and operator of two acclaimed restaurants. All the while, she has been blending and building on her clay, wood, and steel explorations. Foy’s work is influenced by the cultures of her home in the Southwest and, more recently, her steep in the deeply rooted craft culture of the New South in Nashville and Knoxville, Tennessee. Her work has been featured in Phoenix Home and Garden, Arizona Foothills Magazine, Phoenix Magazine, Arizona Highways and Sunset. Foy hand builds and throws functional pieces that are beautiful and accessible — “Something you can actually hold in your hand and use everyday,” she explains. She earned her BFA in Ceramics from Arizona State University.

Novie Trump is an Arizona based sculptor and installation artist working in ceramic, mixed media and sound. Formally trained in classical archaeology at the University of North Carolina, her work has been selected for juried and invitational exhibitions in the US and Europe and has been featured in numerous publications. Winner of the Fairfax Strauss Fellowship, she has been awarded numerous grants and commissions for public art works, most notably at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, DC. In 2013, Trump was selected as a Fulbright Candidate by the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars. Formerly the Executive Director of Lee Arts Center in Arlington, VA, she currently curates exhibitions and juries for arts organizations throughout the US. Trump has served on the boards of several arts organizations, most recently as the Chair of the Distinguished Artist Series on the James Renwick Alliance Board, a non-profit support organization for the Smithsonian Renwick Museum. She is also an educator who teaches workshops in ceramics and professional development. Trump is the founder and director of Flux Studios, a contemporary arts space formerly of Washington, DC and currently based in Jerome, AZ.

In this cross collaboration of culture and art both artists explore the vibrant life within the South and Southwest. Foy creates functional porcelain interpretations of the flora and patterns of the two regions utilizing the process of image transfer. Trump creates deftly observed site specific installations of sculptural insects and fauna. Bringing the strong Southern tradition of storytelling to clay, Foy and Trump take on the nuance of texture, tone and surface. For Foy, Southern Exposure is as much about cross-cultural translation as it is about coming home. For Trump, it’s further mining of the lush verdancy of the South and the vast landscapes of her new desert abode.