Terri Saulin: that which requires no battle
 Daisun Kofun, 10x8x8”, porcelain clay, celadon and luster glazes. 2017
Terri Saulin: that which requires no battle
November 18 - January 6,  2018
Opening Reception: Friday, December 1st - 6-9PM
Second Thursday Reception: December 14th - 6-9PM
Closing Reception: January 6th - 2-6PM
"When I first moved into my old, South Philadelphia house, everything that was falling down was buttressed with scrap wood, tied up with nude-colored, nylon stockings, and slathered with concrete. The supported structures were a mysterious and curious landscape that served as a record of the architectural history of my home. My neighbors Quintina and Mario were alchemists who could build or fix anything with a piece of string.

Memories are delicate constructions. They are a labyrinth, a vast and intricate novel that at once documents, interrupts and obfuscates, creating floating entry points and a universe of emotions in every corner. In the "Shaker" spirit, I imagine a tiny wasp-worker making imaginary homes for important collections of most special memories.” 
- Terri Saulin                                                         

Please join Tiger Strikes Asteroid for our next exhibition, "that which requires no battle." TSA Philadelphia member Terri Saulin and Gregory Emore are collaborating and exploring the possibilities of exhibition design, fabricating unique pedestals and mapping space. The exhibition features porcelain and paper constructions by Terri Saulin and site specific architectural display components, tailored to Saulin’s work by Gregory Emore.

Gregory Emore is a sculptor and principal of Geronimo Co. Founded in 1993, Geronimo Co. is a specialty, boutique architectural design and fabrication company located in Northern Liberties, Philadelphia. Emore has created fine interior and exterior works across the country, in an endless combination of materials.

Terri received her MFA from the University of the Arts and her BFA from Moore College of Art and Design. She currently teaches a variety of Studio and Media Arts courses at The Agnes Irwin School, in Rosemont, PA. She has been a member of Tiger Strikes Asteroid Philadelphia since 2010 and serves as the location’s press coordinator.

Terri Saulin: that which requires no battle
November 18 - January 6, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, December 1st - 6-9PM
Second Thursday Reception: December 14th - 6-9PM
Closing Reception: January 6th - 2-6PM

Tiger Strikes Asteroid
1400 N American Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Guest essayist Heath Ballowe.
Details to follow about a special closing reception on January 6, 2018 2-6PM

Photos by Jaime Alvarez
Installation View: Photo by Jaime Alvarez

Terri Saulin: that which requires no battle
An essay written by Heath Ballowe
& Photos by Jamie Alvarez

Upon reading the title of Terri Saulin’s newest exhibition, your mind may conjure up an image of passive surrender, but that would be your first mistake. That which requires no battle is not a waving of the white flag, or even a negotiated truce, it is an intricately constructed defensive full of dangerous pitfalls and booby-traps. Saulin has no intention of backing down or submitting. She has wrapped herself in Kevlar and is prepared to look you directly in the eye and show you who she is.

Terri Saulin’s work is honest, and has nothing to hide. These objects make no attempt to conceal the effort that went into their production. Her work is labored over, delicately modified and refined, as it should be in a world that constantly reminds us that, nothing good comes easily.

In her statement, Saulin describes her neighbors Quintina and Mario, the couple that are the inspiration for this body of work as, “alchemists who could build or fix anything with a piece of string.” Her interpretation of their persistent effort to keep everything in one piece comes across surprisingly unshakable. Even when her work seems to be at its most delicate, like in A Substance in a Cushion, we find ourselves reassured by Saulin’s, confident use of the materials she knows best; porcelain, glaze, and concrete. Saulin’s steady hands are able to fabricate a sculpture that is both beautifully delicate, and a dangerous weapon. Even when Saulin challenges herself by experimenting in paper, her manipulation of the material enables her to transform the fragile into a powerful scaffold-like structure, with her variable edition series Stibicanite.

Installation View: Photo by Jaime Alvarez
Saulin describes memories as, “a vast and intricate novel that at once documents, interrupts and obfuscates, creating floating entry points and a universe of emotions in every corner.” She allows us momentarily into a world filtered through her memories with a series of drawings on vellum that are intended as a window into the exhibition titled, Remembering Quintina Bianca Melaragni. The drawings are arranged and layered on a glass lens, that functions to transform the way light filters into the gallery.   

Saulin takes her memory-filtered opposition further with her decision to collaborate with sculptor Gregory Emore, Principal of Geronimo Co. on the installation of that which requires no battle. Together they have created insightful vignettes that manage to function the way that a line of poetry holds together individual words. Emore’s handling of steel, brass and wood seamlessly reinforces Saulin’s porcelain army as a symbiotic force to be reckoned with.
Installation View: Photo by Jaime Alvarez​
Lily of the Valley and that which requires no battle

In one arrangement, Emore bends a sheet of steel around a concrete column in the gallery, stitching together Saulin’s seemingly wounded, but still upright sculpture Lily of the Valley to that which requires no battle, a surefooted, barricade-like vessel that shares its name with the overall exhibition. In another pairing Emore frames In the midst of chaos there is also opportunity by backing it in wood and designing a brass arm that cradles Saulin’s sculpture, Empress consort Jingū while also reflecting a warm fire-like glow on its foot.

Much like Terri Saulin herself, that which requires no battle is complex and multifaceted. Every idea has been harvested over the entirety of a life, coming together to speak with one confident voice. At its base the exhibition shows that Saulin, just like the rest of us, is moving forward. Sometimes distracted by the past, but managing to build delicate structures that by sheer force of will, remain in one piece.
Installation View: Photo by Jaime Alvarez​
In the midst of chaos there is also opportunity  and Empress consort Jingū


About the Author
Heath Ballowe is an artist and critic living and working in Philadelphia, PA. He received his MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2010. He is also a consulting collections manager, for the Lim/Tooey Ceramics Collection, and The Collection Coordinator for The Clay Studio Collection, in Philadelphia.

Photos by Jaime Alvarez
Jaime Alvarez was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He received his MAsters degree in Photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art and his BFA from The Rhode Island School of Design. He has worked for The International Center for Photography and Worldfirst/Area 17 Films. He currently lives and works in Philadelphia as a professional photographer and exhibiting artist.
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