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Lodestar
Past Exhibit

Lodestar

October 5 – November 4

Main Gallery

Sabrina Knowles & Jenny Pohlman

She Rises, Jenny Polhman and Sabrina Knowles, 2016 Himba Portrait Series

For 25 years, Pohlman and Knowles have collaborated to produce sculptural stories in glass that reflect lessons they learned from life and travels about healing, self-empowerment, compassion, strength, grace, and the power of the human spirit, particularly as relates to women. "Their intention is to create works that speak of our common humanity."

Artist Statement: Pohlman and Knowles

LODESTAR:  Principle, interest or person that serves as an inspiration or guide.
Oxford Dictionary

Throughout the last year, like many people, our world has gone from hopefulness to dismay and disappointment, to uncertainty.

When we were asked to do this show in March of this year, we asked ourselves "What will we show?" The space is so vast and beautiful, what can we do to reflect what we are thinking and how are we feeling?  Two thoughts came to mind: we are seeking clarity and we are reflecting on the times and on ourselves.  A show with predominately clear and mirrored work seemed an appropriate metaphor.

With Lodestar, we present an installation of signature compositions and works from our latest series integrating photographic images in blown glass.

Throughout our 24 years of collaboration, we have created works that inhabit our beliefs of reverence to each other and the world we live in. Self-empowerment, liberation, compassion and the strength, grace, and wisdom of women. We have had the opportunity to witness firsthand indigenous cultures that practice egalitarianism, reverence for the planet and an appreciation of the vastness of the night sky, a sky so laden with stars you almost have to close your eyes to avoid a feeling of claustrophobia.  We often ask ourselves "can they show us what it is we have forgotten?"

We believe in the Magnitude of the Multitude and what it represents, that collectively we can effect change and create something more beautiful together than separately. We wish to show a feeling of reverence and solidarity together as is expressed in our Multiple Homage series and power through Luna, our Wheel of Liberation. Prayer beads are used in many cultures throughout the world, they can be used as a meditation and remind us that we can hope for something better.  The strength, grace, and beauty of the Himba women, who we briefly met in Northern Namibia, inspired us to pursue photographic imagery in blown glass.

We hope you enjoy the show.

About Pohlman & Knowles

Sabrina Knowles' and Jenny Pohlman's collaboration spans two decades. As seekers, they have undertaken six international two-month journeys to developing nations absorbing religious beliefs, political histories, current affairs, architecture, social structure and people's personal stories. After lengthy incubation, they morph their experiences into sculptural stories to share what they have learned about healing, self-empowerment, compassion, strength, grace, and the power of the human spirit. Their intention is to create works that speak of our common humanity.

Knowles' and Pohlman's work has been featured in exhibitions at the Museum of Northwest Art in La Connor, Edmunds Museum, Larsen Museum in Yakima, and the Pratt Gallery at the Center on Contemporary Art. Their work has been included in group exhibitions at Allentown Art Museum, PA; Bellevue Arts Museum, WA; Coos Art Museum, OR, Museum of American Glass, Millville, NJ; Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA; Muskegon Museum of Art, MI; Racine Art Museum, WI; and Tacoma Art Museum.

Their work is in the collections of the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Mobile Museum of Art, Museum of American Glass, Museum of Glass, New Bedford Museum of Glass, Racine Art Museum and Tacoma Art Museum. Their work has been published in Glass, Metalsmith, New Glass Review and the Seattle Times, featured in and on the cover of American Style magazine, and published in several books on glass art.

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