Ryan Labar received the first-place grant ($35,000) from the Virginia A. Groot Foundation’s 2015 awards. The foundation specifically supports artists who have exceptional talent in sculpture.
Working with clay, I fabricate individual and wheel-thrown elements. These are carefully stacked to compose a layered and woven structure. Each element counterbalances the position of another. These precarious constructs are placed in a kiln, and the heat of the kiln deforms the clay parts. Tensions are released, movement quiets and the system of parts reaches equilibrium and becomes a singular whole.
– Ryan Labar (’98)