Review: Pattern & Design at Wake Press 

4 stars

Wake Press & Gallery; through May 13.

The mannequin-hanging centerpiece of this show is a dress composed almost entirely out of ceramic buttons and ceramic flower petals (buttons for the bodice, petals for the skirt) entitled “Rittenhouse Design.” Marlina Lies’ ceramic works elsewhere are doll-sized sculptures here. “Keturah” is such a figure, a representation of herself as a clothed mannequin, in a dress of ceramic flower petals, dreamily looking up towards the sky.

While Lies was inspired by her grandmother’s sense of fashion, Allie Wray draws inspiration from the art of Faberge egg craft. Her “Blue Jewels” is a two-piece, hinged jewelry case made out of clay (fired at a low temperature to give the painted ceramic a brilliant blue color) while her “Life’s Fragility” consists of a wall-hanging sculpture consisting of 216 broken egg shells tied together with string and dental floss and painted with a variety of mixed media. “It’s a representation of life in pattern,” according to Wray.

The pattern created by the intermingling of these two artists’ work is a highly successful one; both use fashion sense and fluent command of craft to fuse together a highly accessible 3D art. But if you want to enjoy it, you’d better hurry. This is—unfortunately for Indianapolis—Wake’s last show, as gallery owner Sydney Webb is going off to grad school in Texas.

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