"Bend" is a site specific installation by Kalamazoo artist Shay Church. Shay creates life-size animals and environments from raw clay that are ephemeral. The installation includes part of a river, an elk, and trees; all created from repurposed materials and two tons of reclaimed clay.
As the piece dries throughout the exhibition it will begin to evolve, crack, fall apart and eventually lose life without moisture. Depending on humidity, the piece will continue to change for days or weeks. This process allows the artist to simultaneously explore time, place, narrative, history, ecology, and mythology.
"Bend" is part of Ebb & Flow River Arts Festival and made possible with support from the Tannery Arts Center, Arts Council Santa Cruz County, Central Home Supply, California Cascade, Clay Planet. Shay Church has created 21 of site-specific works across North America including beached whales in abandoned buildings and parking lots, forests in theater performance spaces, elephants in galleries and wolves roaming landscapes. Shay Church lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan and received a MFA from San Jose State University.
On exhibition May 23 - July 7, 2019