The solo exhibition Piecework showcases work by Hyde Park Art Center student Joanne Trestrail. The predominantly stoneware vessels featured in the exhibition subtly evoke basketry and, at the same time, natural forms such as tree rings, gourds, and flowing water. Together, the works demonstrate the artist’s recognition of the pleasures of incrementalism, or the slow buildup of forms over time. “They evolve beyond the sum of their tiny, dull parts to become something entirely new, yet readable and, with luck, understandable.” Trestrail’s interest in coiled clay comes from her observation of life experienced in “moments, words, stitches, breaths, keystrokes, eighth notes, coffee spoons, dollars, dust,” and other “small bites.” She believes that these small bites are so familiar that they are often hard to see, much less enjoy. She suggests that while “all-or-nothing, out-of-nowhere dramatic gestures insist on their own significance … gradual pile-ups have a stealthier take on time. They evolve beyond the sum of their tiny, dull parts to become something entirely new, yet readable and, with luck, understandable.”
About Joanne Trestail
Joanne Trestrail started taking ceramics classes at the Hyde Park Art Center in 2000. Previously she created figure sculpture in clay at the Koh-Varilla Guild, a working studio in Chicago dedicated to teaching techniques of the classic realist tradition. In addition to being a ceramic artist, Trestrail makes her living as a freelance writer, magazine editor, and restaurant critic. She has also taught photography at Jane Addams Center/Hull House.