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Julia Galloway: The Endangered Species Project


Sep 28, 2019 to Nov 16, 2019
06:00 PM until 08:00 PM


The Endangered Species Project is the fourth core exhibit in Clay Art Center’s year-long gallery focus, Animal Instinct, exploring the animal kingdom. Bringing awareness to our impact on our natural environment, Julia Galloway presents her installment of a large project consisting of urns for near-extinct animals. Each plate depicts an endangered animal from the state of New York.
“In 2018 I was listening to a podcast about the Wandering Albatross. The bird’s population is dwindling on account of industrial line fishing; the Wandering Albatross is being decapitated at the rate of a bird every five minutes. But what can I do about this? I am a potter and a teacher. Do I quit my job and head out for civil disobedience? Not very effective or realistic. However, I am a potter and
a teacher, and I can make something generally unseen, visible. Making pottery is how I understand the world; I am making covered jars, urns really, for
endangered species. Urns are traditionally used to hold ashes from cremation so the size of these jars are determined by the resulting ash mass of each species. The Ivory-Billed Woodpecker would be a small urn; the California Bear vessel would stand almost three feet tall. I intend on displaying all of these pots in a large grouping in one large gallery. The urns will be displayed empty, as the species are endangered, not extinct and in their emptiness lies hope.” – Julia Galloway




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Port Chester, NY

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