“House & Garden” is a two-artist exhibition of all new works by Lily Clark and Analuisa Corrigan. Conceived as a singular installation, the show welcomes viewers into a home of domestic items rendered in clay by Corrigan and a garden of working ceramic fountains by Clark, complimented by live plant vignettes created by Alice Lam of A.L. BASA. In recontextualizing the familiar, the artists invite a moment of pause to reengage our senses and reconsider our relationship to often overlooked elements of the everyday, both domestic and elemental.
Corrigan creates organic, figurative forms that unite material exploration and personal expression. She is preoccupied with clay’s inherent qualities and characteristics, and the ways in which these can be negotiated — often through a generative process of trial and error. Corrigan’s pieces are deceptively labor intensive, taking up to a month to make. After sketching and prototyping, each is carefully built up through a coil technique, then dried and sanded to achieve the desired silhouette. The resulting work feels simultaneously robust and delicate. For “House & Garden,” Corrigan has developed a series of domestic-inspired objects, including a ceramic chair, side tables, mirror, floor lamp, and floral arrangement. They will be staged as part of a living room, complete with rug, wooden table, and a TV.
With her ceramic fountains, Clark investigates light, sound, and movement. For Clark, water, rather than clay, is at the heart of her practice. Her elegant, architectural pieces mimic the shapes of large-scale systems used to control and channel it. Whereas Corrigan works intuitively, Clark’s process embraces precision, reflecting her interest in engineering. After drafting a design, she rolls slabs of clay and cuts using a template, then carefully joins the seams. The surface is left unglazed to contrast with the water’s luster. In new, large-scale fountains on view in “House & Garden,” Clark incorporates stones in her compositions. The artist spent six months sourcing these stones from the Whitewater quarry just outside of Palm Springs, and fine tuning the design to achieve her desired water flow and sound.
For the exhibition, Clark’s fountains will be arranged within an “indoor garden” by Alice Lam, whose Los Angeles-based creative studio A.L. BASA specializes in sculptural floral installations. Lam’s site-specific design references Buddhist Zen gardens created around works by Isamu Noguchi, as well as plants that are representative of California biodiversity.
A sensory engagement with light plays an important role in “House & Garden.” The gallery will hold evening viewings throughout the course of the show, where viewers will encounter Corrigan’s floor lamp illuminated alongside the glow of the television, and Clark’s fountains and the surrounding garden shown by landscape-style lights. Immersive and temporal, “House & Garden” contemplates notions of interior and exterior — both somatic and psychological, experienced and subjective.