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Eating Wonderland: Recent Work by Sue Johnson

February 8 to June 15, 2008

Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature


We very pleased to present the work of Maryland artist Sue Johnson at the Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature, University of Richmond Museums. The exhibition premieres recent ceramic work created by Johnson at the Arts/Industry residency program of the John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and funded by Kohler Company, Kohler, Wisconsin. This unique residency provides visiting artists the opportunity to learn techniques and work with materials and equipment in Kohler's pottery, iron, and brass foundries. Johnson's participation resulted in her "Incredible Edibles" series, which consists of ceramic castings of dinnerware and popular foodstuffs that focus on themes of food, consumption, marketing, and mass production.

Her accompanying eries of two-dimensional works on paper, "Episodes in a Fantastic Landscape," explores the creation and use of imagery in popular culture, the influence of context on these images, and how simple manipulations can result in humor, possible aversion, and complex commentaries on contemporary society. Finally, her more than sixteen-foot-wide painting on paper "New Stories from Wonderland (Life of the Dodo)," created specifically for this exhibition, merges all of these themes while including specific references to Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and to current environmental issues.

Organized by the University of Richmond Museums, the exhibition was curated by N. Elizabeth Schlatter Deputy Director and Curator of Exhibitions, University Museums, with assistance from the artist. The exhibition was made possible in part with funds from the University's Cultural Affairs Committee.

Richard Waller
Executive Director
University of Richmond Museums

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University of Richmond Museums


Richmond, VA


Sue Johnson, ceramics, Eating Wonderland, New Stories from Wonderland, Incredible Edibles, Episodes in a Fantastic Landscape, University of Richmond Museums


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Eating Wonderland: Recent Work by Sue Johnson