AS A CHILD, I FOUND dime store kaleidoscopes particularly fascinating. I appreciated how a simple turn of the tube could change the colors, the shapes, the images I saw.
A certain sense of magic and mystery and wonderment appeared through the eye hole. Art. Vivid. Fluid. And always beautiful.
Those memories flowed as I viewed Minneapolis artist Layl McDill’s polymer clay sculptures now on exhibit in the Carlander Gallery at the Paradise Center for the Arts in historic downtown Faribault.
McDill’s art is colorful and whimsical, a visual delight. I’ve never seen anything like it in a gallery. I couldn’t stop looking at the many pieces, wondering, How did she do that? And that must have taken her forever.
I thought of those kaleidoscopes. But I thought, too, of Play Doh and how much fun I had rolling, squashing and crafting that product as a child and mom. I expect McDill feels that same joy in creating her clay sculptures.
There’s so much to study within each piece. It would take hours to truly see everything.
I’d suggest you take the time to visit McDill’s exhibit, to escape into her fantasy world of art. Or take a class she is teaching on Thursday, April 26, at the Paradise. Or book a clay party.
We all need the distraction of art to sidetrack our minds, to bring us joy, to stretch our creativity. McDill brings all of that in her art.
FYI: Layl McDill’s exhibit at the Paradise closes on April 21. Click here for more information.
Also read my previous post on the Student Exhibition currently showing at the Paradise, 321 Central Avenue N., Faribault. Click here.
© Copyright 2018 Audrey Kletscher Helbling
Each image brought a new smile. My granddaughter is watching over my shoulder and asked if there were any I would want to take home. Well, no, just enjoy them in the gallery. We finally decided that Bird’s Little Library Teapot was our favourite.
Thank you for sharing this post with your granddaughter. I agree that choosing a single piece would be difficult. Layl’s art is creatively spectacular.
Fantastical))))! The colors of these sculptures’ are magic. x
I agree. Layl’s art spirits us away from reality. And many days, we need that escape.
Love these vibrant clay sculptures-yes they do make you smile and good connection with colors appearing in a kaleidoscope-such a talented artist!.
Her art is so different from anything I’ve seen. And those colors…just what we need in the grey of March.
Audrey- Thanks for blogging about my show! I love the close ups you captured! It’s always so interesting to see what parts people are drawn to. It has been so awesome to show at the Paradise Center for the Arts!
You are most welcome. I found such visual delight in your art. And I’m glad you’ve enjoyed showing at the Paradise. I so appreciate having this center for the arts in our community.
The details are stunning in each piece. I have never seen anything like these sculptures. You did a great job photographing Layl’s work.
I experienced the same reaction. You can look at Layl’s art and then look some more and still not see everything.
Wow, that must have taken forever and I’m curious how much some of those pieces weighed
That’s a good question about the weight.
Love this. Fabulous colours. Thanks for sharing!
I agree with your assessment of Layl’s clay art. Glad you enjoyed it.